Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers responsible for Emergency Management


OTTAWA, September 11,  2013 —Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers responsible for emergency  management met today in Ottawa to discuss emergency management priorities. The  meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public  Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Honourable Suzanne Anton, British  Columbia Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

“This meeting with my provincial  and territorial colleagues today has been productive.  Ministers Doug Griffiths from Alberta and  Stéphane Bergeron from Quebec have highlighted some of the lessons they drew  from events in Southern Alberta and Lac-Mégantic,” said Minister Blaney. “We  have agreed on the need for federal, provincial and territorial governments to work  closely on emergency management to ensure the safety and security of Canadians  and to find more effective ways to better protect Canadian communities from  disasters.”

“B.C. will continue to collaborate  with our federal, provincial, and territorial colleagues to protect public  safety,” said Minister Anton. “Specifically, we are eager to work together on a  national disaster mitigation program that will result in proactive,  cost-effective solutions to protect our communities.”

Ministers all recognized that  mitigation efforts can lessen the impact of disasters on communities and reduce  the costs associated with these events.  They were all supportive of  working together on the timely development of a future national disaster mitigation  program.  

Ministers tasked officials to  consider a means by which jurisdictions can access an inventory of emergency  management assets, services and resources across the country.  

Ministers also discussed the importance  of mandatory broadcaster participation in Canada’s National Public Alerting  System, which is designed to warn Canadians of imminent threat-to-life  emergencies. Ministers agreed to request that the Canadian  Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission take steps to ensure that Canadian  commercial broadcasters and cable and satellite companies be required to  broadcast emergency alerts. Albertans will continue to receive their warnings  from broadcasters via the Alberta Emergency Alert System.

Ministers acknowledged the  challenges surrounding emergency management in Aboriginal communities. They  committed to increase collaboration and engagement to better support emergency  management in Aboriginal communities.  

Ministers also discussed progress  on making a portion of the 700 MHz broadband spectrum accessible to emergency  responders for public safety use and noted the joint  federal-provincial-territorial efforts underway regarding a potential public  safety broadband network.

“I am pleased that I can count on  the on-going collaboration of my provincial and territorial colleagues. It is  important that we continue the dialogue on the future of emergency management  in Canada to enhance the safety and security of Canadians,” added Minister  Blaney.



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Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
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