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Emergency Management in Canada: How Does It Work?

Posted by Jacob Hillier on May 4, 2011 at 7:00 AM

In a country that borders on three oceans and spans six time zones, creating an emergency response system that works for every region is a huge challenge.  That's why emergency management in Canada is a shared responsibility.  That means everyone has an important role to play, including individuals, communities, governments, the private sector and volunteer organizations.


Basic emergency preparedness starts with each individual.  If someone cannot cope, emergency first responders such as police, fire and ambulance services will provide help.  If the municipality needs additional assistance or resources, they can call on provincial/territorial emergency management organizations, who can seek assistance from the federal government if the emergency escalates beyond their capabilities.  Depending on the situation, federal assistance could include policing, national defence and border security, and environmental and health protection.


Requests for assistance from provincial/territorial authorities are managed through Public Safety Canada, which maintains close operational links with the provinces and territories.  It can take just a few minutes for the response to move from the local to the national level, ensuring that the right resources and expertise are identified and triggered.


Everyone responsible for Canada's emergency management system shares the common goal of preventing or managing disasters.  Public Safety Canada is responsible for coordinating emergency response efforts on behalf of the federal government.  More information is available on the Public Safety web site at www.publicsafety.gc.ca (click on "Emergency Management")

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Reply Jen
2:04 PM on July 12, 2011 
Great Blog!!!

Absolutely, Emergency Preparedness starts with each individual and it is so important for everyone to be prepared for at least 3 days in the event of a natural disaster, such as hurricane, earthquake or flood.

Here is another great link:


Get prepared and stay prepared!
Reply Ana Aitawa
1:58 AM on December 26, 2017 
The global ambulance services market is estimated to reach US$ 32.5 Billion by 2021, expanding at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2017 to 2021, owing to increased accidents and chronic diseases worldwide. Markat by mode of transport (air, ground, and water transport), equipment used (basic or advanced life support, level of care (emergency, non-emergency) and provider type (government, private). Major players include Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc., Air Methods Corporation, Dutch Health BV, Envision Healthcare Corporation, Falck A/S, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Rural/Metro Corporation.