The purpose of the engagement was to provide information about the Emergency Program Act (the Act) and allow an opportunity to submit input 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 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 Minister invited key stakeholders to make formal stakeholder submissions.
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.
January 11 to April 22, 2016
- 3,853 visits to the website
- 101 online comments
- 71 stakeholder submissions
- 34 emails
Input leads to action:
In the coming weeks a report will be written that will summarize this consultation for Government. That report will be used to advise the next steps in this process. Should the determination be made to revise, repeal or replace the Act there will most certainly be future consultations with Emergency Management partners.