Canadians now able to access interactive map for emergency alerts

News Release

CRTC map identifies radio and television stations that distribute emergency alerts

September 22, 2016 – Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today unveiled an interactive map identifying which radio and television stations across Canada distribute emergency alert messages. Canadians will also find a list of cable and satellite companies that relay these messages.

Emergency alerts are issued by emergency management officials including fire marshals, police services, and government departments such as Environment Canada. Alerts are issued for imminent threats, for example, to warn Canadians about floods, water contamination, forest fires and Amber alerts for missing children.

The vast majority of Canadians are able to receive timely emergency alert messages, due to the participation of broadcasters and television service providers in the National Public Alerting System (NPAS).

Quick Facts

  • Since March 31, 2015, most cable and satellite companies, radio stations and over-the-air television stations have issued emergency alert messages when required.
  • In 2014, the CRTC also began encouraging the use of digital media and mobile platforms to alert Canadians to imminent or unfolding dangers.
  • Public Safety Canada is the lead federal department responsible for emergency management and co-ordinates the development of policies for public alerting with federal, provincial and territorial stakeholders.
  • Since more than 80% of Canadians own a mobile device, the CRTC is currently examining whether wireless service providers should participate in the NPAS.

Quote

“Canadians are now able to see exactly which broadcasters and television service providers across Canada distribute emergency alert messages. These alerts are an efficient and effective way to alert Canadians in an emergency situation, and in some cases save lives or prevent serious injury.”

Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman and CEO

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Emergency Alert Messages and the National Public Alerting System (NPAS)

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