Canada considering options for national emergency response agency: Sajjan

By Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press in CTV News
December 15, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A new national emergency response agency may consist of regional response teams that Ottawa can call into action when disaster strikes, Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a recent interview. It is clear some kind of federal co-ordination agency is required, Sajjan said, speaking to The Canadian Press about the lessons learned after last summer’s record-breaking wildfire season. But it’s not yet clear exactly what that will look like, he said. “Yes, I believe that we will have something that’s going to be at the federal level of a response force,” Sajjan said. “I can’t give you the answer just yet because it’s important for us to really work at the ground level to get a better understanding what those needs are. Because ultimately whatever we have, at the provincial or federal level, has to respond to the emergency. We need to get that right.”

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