Welcome to the Emergency Program Act engagement site.

The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about the Emergency Program Act (the Act) and allow you an opportunity to review input received on 12 different topics. The Act sets out the key responsibilities and authorities to guide and enable experts at the local and provincial levels in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters.

The online discussion, which closed on April 22, 2016, set out challenges in the current legislation as well as proposals for possible changes. The challenges and proposals reflect recent changes some Canadian jurisdictions have made to modernize their emergency management laws, as well as the findings and recommendations of two recent reports here in B.C.—the 2014 earthquake preparedness reports of the Auditor General and Henry Renteria.

The public was invited to provide feedback by joining the online discussion or sending comments by email. The opportunity for comment was open from Jan. 11, 2016, until April 22, 2016 at 4 p.m. The Minister invited key stakeholders to make formal stakeholder submissions which have now been posted.

The input received is a key component to informing our government’s review of the Act and, ultimately, any decision to move forward with the introduction of possible legislative changes.

The consultation is now closed but you can see read the archived online discussion.