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PRESS RELEASE - FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL-TERRITORIAL MEETING OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
VICTORIA, May 4, 2012 —Federal-Provincial-Territorial
Ministers responsible for emergency management met today in Victoria to discuss
emergency management priorities. The meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable
Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety Canada and the Honourable Shirley Bond,
British Columbia Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
“I am pleased with today’s discussions and the progress achieved
to further advance emergency management in Canada,” said Minister Toews. “This
meeting provided an opportunity for each jurisdiction to bring attention to
local priorities as we continue to collaborate to improve the safety and security
of Canadians and safeguard communities threatened by natural hazards and other
“British Columbia is pleased to co-chair this meeting and to welcome
our provincial and territorial colleagues in advance of Emergency Preparedness
Week,” said Minister Bond. “With the increase in the number and
severity of natural hazard incidents, it is critical that we work closely together
to keep Canadians safe. Today, we focussed on areas such as emergency response
in Aboriginal communities, all-hazards emergency planning, mitigation and building
a strong communications infrastructure. As we move forward we are committed
to supporting one another as effectively as possible.”
The Ministers re-affirmed participation in Canada’s public alerting
system which is designed to alert Canadians to emergencies. Alberta, which
already has a public alerting system in place, reiterated its support for a
robust national emergency alerting system for all of Canada. Albertans will
continue to receive their warnings from broadcasters via the Alberta Emergency
Alert System. Other provinces which have pre-existing public alerting systems
will be integrating with the national public alerting system.
Twelve provincial and territorial governments and Environment Canada are
working on putting the required infrastructure and protocols in place to distribute
or receive public safety emergency alerts. Once television and radio broadcasters
and other media begin to distribute the alerts, Canadians will all benefit
from these timely warnings.
The Ministers discussed the development of a national disaster mitigation
program, recognizing that mitigation can lessen the impact of natural disasters
on vulnerable communities and reduce the associated costs by investing in structural
(such as dikes) or non-structural (such as flood mapping) mitigative measures.
Ministers have asked their officials to continue to work together on this program.
The Ministers also acknowledged significant accomplishments during the first
year of the Communications
Interoperability Strategy and Action Plan for Canada , which was introduced
at the Ministers’ 2011 meeting in Toronto. During its first year, progress
under the Communications Interoperability Action Plan includes the development
of future communications systems that will be effective in situations requiring
a multi-agency response.
The Ministers indicated their support for increasing the portion of the 700
MHz broadband spectrum for public safety use from 10 MHz to 20 MHz, which would
ensure public safety emergency responders in Canada and along the Canada-U.S.
border have the capacity to deliver real time multi-media information when
The Ministers considered and approved the proposed eligibility criteria for
an emergency management exemplary service award, which will officially recognize
the contribution of emergency management employees and volunteers to their
communities across Canada.
“In closing, I would like to remind all Canadians that next week is
Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada, which is an example of federal/provincial/territorial
cooperation,” added Minister Toews. “This year’s theme is:
Make a Plan. I would like to invite all Canadians to join in local activities.
You can visit GetPrepared.ca and
your provincial/territorial emergency management organization’s web site
for more information on how to make a family emergency plan.”
Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is an annual event that takes place this
year from May 6-12. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada,
in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.
For further information:
Public Safety Canada
BC Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General