Archived Online Discussion
The discussion was a key component of the review of the legislation. It highlights several key challenges in the Act and seeks input on proposals for possible legislative changes so that government may better understand what improvements if any may be needed to ensure the Act is up to date and effective.
The specific challenges presented below fall into one of the following three areas, with each including proposals for possible changes to the Act for your consideration:
Modernizing the Act
In this part of the conversation, we focus on how the act could change to be more coherent, reflect best practices in emergency management, and ensure that definitions within the act reflect changes in authorities in British Columbia, especially with respect to First Nations.
Clarifying roles and responsibilities
In this part of the conversation, we focus on how to reflect the role of Emergency Management BC within the Act, how the Minister responsible should exercise their authority to ensure government agencies prepare emergency plans, and how the Minister might exercise authority to require changes to emergency plans after review.
Supporting emergency response and recovery
In this part of the conversation, we focus on the roles that private and non-governmental organizations play in emergency management, and what they could or should be mandated to do under a new Act. We also look at how to clarify when and how provincial and local authorities should work together in the event of an emergency, how a state of emergency can be declared and what powers are available to authorities in that time, how evacuation orders should be enforced, and how to protect the employment of those who are ordered to be of service during an emergency. We also ask about what we may have missed in the discussion about ‘Other Considerations.’