Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture – Questions and Answers
Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) agriculture ministers have committed to improving Canada's approach to emergency management in agriculture.
- What is the "Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture in Canada" and what will it do?
- Why is this so important at this time?
- How will the Framework help the agriculture sector?
- As a producer, what is my role in the Framework?
- What are the next steps to implement the Framework?
1. What is the "Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture in Canada" and what will it do?
The "Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture in Canada" outlines a collaborative approach to emergency management in the Canadian agriculture sector. It sets out national objectives for delivering stronger, more cohesive emergency management in Canada's agriculture sector, focusing increasingly on prevention and preparedness.
The Framework was developed by FPT governments and incorporates stakeholder feedback received through public consultations.
2. Why is this so important at this time?
Agriculture emergencies are growing in number and in impact, and have the potential to cause significant economic, environmental and human health impacts, as well as the loss of public confidence. The threats, hazards and risks that can lead to emergencies are increasingly complex and diverse.
The current approach to emergency management has served Canada well; however, there are areas where improvements would strengthen its effectiveness. There is a need to focus attention and increase efforts to prevent emergencies and mitigate their impacts while improving the collective ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from events.
3. How will the Framework help the agriculture sector?
The Framework will help the agriculture sector deal with emergencies in a more efficient way by ensuring that resources are allocated to the most appropriate areas.
FPT governments are committed to improving the coordination of emergency management activities, as well as to focusing efforts and placing greater emphasis on prevention, mitigation and preparedness.
All stakeholders have a role in emergency management, as the activities of a person, farm, or organization can have significant impacts on the rest of the sector.
Working with stakeholders is critical to ensuring that the Framework is meaningful to them and that we are well positioned to meet the evolving risks and challenges facing the agriculture sector. The potential short-term activities identified in the Framework will be collaboratively developed, implemented and refined.
By implementing the Framework, FPT governments and agriculture stakeholders will collectively and continuously improve our ability to manage emergency events. Activities will become more integrated, efficient and targeted, improving outcomes, and increasing the resilience and competitiveness of the sector.
4. As a producer, what is my role in the Framework?
Farms are the front line in an emergency. In most cases, producers are the first to recognize and act on a potential agricultural emergency.
Industry has an important role to play in preventing and mitigating risks and preparing for events that affect the sector.
5. What are the next steps to implement the Framework?
Federal and provincial governments will work together to implement the short-term activities identified in the Framework, including the development of a national plant and animal health strategy.
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