OTTAWA (ON), May 6, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada’s natural, social and technological landscape continues to evolve, strengthening the emergency preparedness and resilience of Canadians continues to be a priority for the Government of Canada.
Today, the Honorable Bill Blair, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Civil Protection, spoke about the first week of civil protection (PE week) in his new role. Minister Blair and Yasir Naqviparliamentary secretary kicked off the week with a video message to Canadians.
Civil Protection Week is all about Canadians, highlighting how each of us can do our part to be ready for anything. From instructions on how to build an emergency kit to online resources detailing what to do in the event of a flood, fire or storm, this week focused on giving people the tools they need. they need to ensure their safety and that of their loved ones.
On May 3Minister Blair addressed Royal Roads University Masters in Emergency Management students in Victoria, British Columbia. In his remarks, the Minister emphasized that strong preparedness, response and recovery capabilities in Canada require close collaboration between federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He also thanked them for their dedication in the field and wished them the best in their future endeavors in the industry.
That same day, Yasser NaqviParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and Samir ZuberiMember of Parliament for Pierrefonds—Dollard, visited the sites of the 2017 and 2019 floods in Pierrefonds–Roxboro, Quebec and met with community members, business owners, volunteers and municipal leaders. The parliamentarians also provided a update on the government’s continued work to advance flood mitigation in Canada.
On May 4Minister Blair was joined by leaders from the Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) and St. John Ambulance in announce $150 million for the Supporting a humanitarian workforce to respond to COVID-19 and other large-scale emergencies (HWF). This funding will help NGOs build capacity, respond to emergencies and keep communities safe.
Also on May 4emergency testing alerts have been issued in participating provinces and territories Canada on TV, radio and cordless phones. the National public alert system is an essential public safety tool capable of providing urgent and vital warnings to the public in the event of an emergency.
On May 5Minister Blair visited the Cartier Square Armory to speak with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. During the event, the Minister thanked members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their work in responding to requests for assistance across the country and expressed his sincere gratitude for their service to Canadians.
In addition, Minister Bibeau announced a $3 million investment into two agricultural projects that will help improve emergency management in the sector and develop risk assessments and strategies to mitigate disease outbreaks in animals.
To wrap up the week, Minister Blair and PS Naqvi addressed officials from the Privy Council Office and Public Safety Canada to thank them for the work they do in the emergency management space and their dedication to Canada safer and more resistant to emergencies every day.
Over the week, emergency management organizations, volunteers, responders and Canadians joined the online conversation about what it means to be prepared for an emergency.
On behalf of the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the government of Canada, Minister Blair would like to express his gratitude and appreciation to all of our first responders and those working in the field of emergency management. These brave individuals are there for Canadians every day and have continued to stand up for us all in the face of a pandemic, historic fires, floods, and every catastrophic event in between. Thank you.
“As Emergency Preparedness Week draws to a close, I want to thank everyone across the country who has joined us to help raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for anything. Together, we can all do our part to be prepared for an emergency, help keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe. »
– The Honorable Bill Blair, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Civil Protection
“Each year, Emergency Preparedness Week gives us the opportunity to reflect on how our actions can help reduce the impact of disasters and improve our overall resilience. The efforts and activities that have taken place this week show that with a little preparation, we can build community resilience and help mitigate the impacts of emergencies. »
–Yasser NaqviParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Center
- Emergency Preparedness Week is in its 27thand year and occurs annually the first week of May.
- This week-long public education effort is led by Public Safety Canada in collaboration with partners from various levels of federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as Indigenous, non-governmental and private organizations.
- This year’s theme is Emergency Preparedness: Be ready for anything. The theme encourages Canadians to take action to prepare for emergencies, stay informed and mitigate the potential negative effects of emergencies on their homes and communities.
- The Exemplary Service in Emergency Management Award recognizes incredible individuals and organizations who have dedicated their lives to emergency management, whether as staff or volunteers. The nomination period for this award is open until 1st of Julyst2022.
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
For further information: Annie Cullinan, Press Secretary, Office of the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness, [email protected]; Media Relations: Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, [email protected]