The foundation for a government-led response to emergencies in Canada is the system of emergency management (EM). Federal and provincial/territorial governments have EM agencies charged with the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery to all hazards. These EM agencies work routinely with other orders of government, internal government ministries, jurisdictional private sector entities, and non-government organizations (NGOs).
These routine inter-relationships are required to ensure timely, efficient, and effective action in times of emergency. These EM agencies also have methodically prepared general and hazard-specific plans to ensure both rapid and coordinated response in times of emergency. These EM agencies have established, practiced, and exercised process and operating systems necessary for complete action for the resolution of emergencies. But what happened with COVID-19?
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