Responding to Emergency Events
In Canada, emergencies are managed first at the local level: hospitals, fire departments, police and municipalities. If they need assistance at the local level, they request it from the provinces or territories. If the emergency escalates beyond their capabilities, the provinces or territories seek assistance from the federal government.
Learn more about Public Safety's emergency response programs and strategies:
- Government Operations Centre
- Housed at PS, the Centre monitors emerging threats and can provide around-the-clock coordination and support in the event of a national emergency.
- Search and Rescue Policies and Programs
- Search and Rescue draws on the resources and expertise of partners at all levels of government, Indigenous communities, volunteers and the private sector to respond to people who are lost, missing or in distress.
- Supporting a Humanitarian Workforce to Respond to COVID-19 and Other Large-Scale Emergencies
- This program supports non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide surge capacity to respond to large-scale emergencies. Funding from this program helps eligible organizations build capacity and deploy resources to respond to emergencies including the COVID-19 pandemic or other large-scale emergencies such as wildfires and floods.
- Provincial/territorial emergency management organizations
- Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre
- Emergency Management Strategy for Canada: Toward a Resilient 2030
- An Emergency Management Framework for Canada- Third Edition
Emergency Management News Releases
Government of Canada announces assistance to Nova Scotia with recovery efforts following significant snow storm
February 6, 2024
Government of Canada launches targeted engagement on advancing a civilian response capacity in Canada
February 1, 2024
Minister Sajjan announces disaster recovery funding to Northwest Territories for 2023 wildfires
December 20, 2023
Emergency Management Publications and Reports
- Evaluation of the Initiatives to Address Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) Evaluation Report
- Summary of the Evaluation of the Initiatives to Address Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) Among Public Safety Officers
- The First Public Report of the National Risk Profile
- The National Search and Rescue Secretariat 406 megahertz (MHz) Personal Locator Beacon
- Canada’s Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
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