Emergency Management Assistance Program

Program Summary

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) supports all four pillars of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, as well as forest fire suppression activities.

Under ISC’s Emergency Management Assistance Program, the department works with provincial and territorial governments and non-government organizations to support First Nations and ensure they have access to comparable emergency assistance services available to other residents in their respective jurisdiction.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • protect the health and safety of First Nations individuals and their infrastructure from natural or accidental hazards
  • assist in the remediation of critical infrastructure and community assets affected by emergency events

This is done through timely assessment of emergency management needs and facilitation of an appropriate emergency response from emergency management partners and stakeholders or other areas within ISC or the Government of Canada.

Eligible Recipients

To be eligible for funding under the Emergency Management Assistance Program, an emergency event must take place on, or affect a First Nation located on:

  • a reserve, as defined in s. 2 (1) of the Indian Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. I 5
  • lands set apart as defined in s. 36 of the Indian Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. I 5
  • lands formerly defined as a reserve which now form part of modern treaty settlement lands

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Contact Information

ISC Public Enquiries Contact Centre
Indigenous Services Canada
10 rue Wellington
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H4

Email: InfoPubs@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca
Phone: (toll-free) 1-800-567-9604
Fax: 1-866-817-3977
TTY: (toll-free) 1-866-553-0554