Emergencies and Civil Protection
In the province of Quebec, Civil Protection responsibilities are clearly divided between citizens, businesses, municipalities and the government. The Sécurité publique Minister is charged with developing and updating a national civil protection plan in cooperation with the other government departments Ministers and government bodies’ administrators. This tool is designed, among other things, to supplement and coordinate the actions of other emergency managers.
When a national state of emergency in all or part of the territory of Québec occurs, the ministère de la Sécurité publique monitors and coordinates the governmental response, through the Organisation de la sécurité civile du Québec (OSCQ). The OSCQ assists municipality until recovery and, eventually provides disaster victims with financial assistance.
However, all the government departments and bodies communications in emergency situations are coordinated by Services Québec. Within the national civil protection plan, Services Québec’s mission is to issue timely emergency information to the population in order for people to make the right decisions.