Engagement on Proposed Modernization of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

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Emergency Management Ontario is engaging partners and stakeholders on proposed modernization of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to support a safe, practiced and prepared Ontario – before, during and after emergencies.

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N/A – Emergency Management Ontario is seeking feedback through email at EMOPolicy@Ontario.ca

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The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) establishes the province’s legal framework for managing emergencies by defining the authority and responsibilities accorded to provincial ministries, municipalities, and to specific individuals.

In 2023, the province released the Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan, which outlines Ontario’s vision and roadmap for emergency management. One goal of a modernized EMCPA is to deliver on and align with the goals and actions outlined in the Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan.

Building on feedback to date from partners and stakeholders, Emergency Management Ontario is seeking further input on five key focus areas to inform the development of a proposed modernized legislative framework that reflects an increasingly complex emergency landscape, is informed by best practices and lessons learned, and aligns with Ontario’s emergency management vision.

Five Key Focus Areas:

  1. The scope of emergency and emergency management
  2. One-window approach to provincial emergency management coordination
  3. Enhancing coordination between government, broader public sector and external partners
  4. Improving the consistency, quality and inclusivity of emergency management programs
  5. Reflecting how Ontario works with First Nations partners in emergency management

Within each focus area, background information is provided along with discussion questions to facilitate meaningful feedback.


This discussion guide will be open for feedback until August 26, 2024.

To share responses with Emergency Management Ontario, please send your response by email to EMOPolicy@Ontario.ca or regular mail to the contact address below. If you are providing your response(s) on behalf of an organization, please identify the organization.

Contact Address

Emergency Management Policy and Governance Branch
Emergency Management Ontario
Treasury Board Secretariat
315 Front St. W
Toronto, ON M7A 0B8

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Emergency Management Strategy, Monitoring and Intelligence Division

315 Front St. W
Toronto, ON
M7A 0B8

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