Federal emergency management
Emergency management in Canada is not just about responding to events. It entails a constant regime of prevention/mitigation and preparedness activities. Emergency management officials hold regular training exercises. Policies and procedures are regularly revised to address emerging risks and ensure the most up-to-date emergency management practices. The Federal Emergency Response System and personnel are constantly monitoring threats. When an event—potential or real—occurs, the System and its personnel are activated to an appropriate level of readiness.
Federal Emergency Response System
The Federal Emergency Response System is an "all hazards" system, designed to ensure that the Government of Canada can respond appropriately to all types of national emergencies and threats, including natural disasters, national security and cyber incidents. It includes established procedures for directly managing response and recovery efforts and supporting provincial or territorial emergency management organizations.
Government Operations Centre
The Government Operations Centre (GOC) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, gathering information from a wide variety of sources around the world. The GOC coordinates emergency response at the national level, uniting the efforts of all federal departments and agencies during emergencies. Learn more about the GOC.
Federal departments and agencies
Public Safety Canada coordinates the numerous federal departments and agencies involved in managing emergencies. These can include:
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Canadian Air Transport Security Authority
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service
- Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
- Environment Canada
- Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Health Canada
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
- Industry Canada
- National Defence
- Natural Resources Canada
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Privy Council Office
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Transport Canada
Public Safety Canada and other federal departments also help Canadians prepare individually for emergencies. Learn more about emergency preparedness.
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