Canadian Emergency Preparedness Legal Framework
The Emergency Management Act, enacted in 2007, contains Canada's legislation related to emergencies and emergency preparedness.
The Emergency Management Act:
- Sets out the responsibilities of the Minister of Public Safety and each minister accountable to parliament;
- Establishes the emergency preparedness responsibility of federal departments to:
- Prepare emergency management plans in respect of those risks;
- Maintain, test and implement those plans; and
- Conduct related exercises and training.
- Recognizes provincial/territorial interests when providing federal assistance during an emergency.