Emergency management partnerships

We partner with all levels of government, emergency management agencies, and non-governmental organizations to help build community resilience and capacity to respond to emergencies.

Our partnership arrangements are in the following categories:

Humanitarian aid partnerships

These are non-government organizations (NGO) that we work with during emergency response and recovery.

Integrated Disaster Council of British Columbia (IDCBC)

The IDCBC is a network of government and non-government agencies that work together to provide humanitarian aid to support local authority and First Nations’ emergency management following a disaster.

The purpose of the IDCBC is to increase coordination of member agencies by creating a forum for communication and information sharing.

Interested agencies with a mandate to support emergency management are invited to contact the IDCBC Co-Chairs at the link below.

Contact the IDCBC: idcbc@gov.bc.ca

Regional partnerships

These partnerships are created to address emergency management planning in the different regions across the province. The benefits include regional coordination, advocacy, capacity, information sharing, resource mobilization, and more.

Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management (IPREM)

IPREM was established in April 2009 through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Province of B.C. and the Metro Vancouver Regional District on behalf of its 21 member municipalities, one Treaty First Nation, and one electoral area. This partnership helps address regional emergency management by creating plans and processes through training, exercises, and linking people and organizations between multiple jurisdictions.

Regional Emergency Management Partnerships (REMP)

REMP was established in March 2016 through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Province of B.C. and the Capital Regional District on behalf of its 13 member municipalities and three electoral areas. The purpose of this partnership is to enhance regional emergency management planning activities within the Capital region. REMP works with all levels of government and stakeholders to coordinate regional emergency management planning.

Mutual aid partnerships

We partner with organizations in other jurisdictions to cooperate on issues of mutual interest, share resources, work together on emergency management, and provide assistance during major emergencies.

Pacific Northwest Emergency Management Arrangement (PNEMA)

PNEMA is an inter-jurisdictional agreement between the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, the Yukon Territory and British Columbia for cooperating during emergency events.  The arrangement allows for resources to be shared between states and provinces in the Pacific Northwest following a request for assistance.

Emergency Management Mutual Aid Arrangement (EMMA)

The Canadian Council of Emergency Management Organizations (CCEMO) EMMA includes all Canadian provinces and territories. The EMMA provides the ability to access mutual assistance between provinces and territories and cooperation and collaboration in emergency management activities following a request for assistance.

Indigenous community partners

We work in collaboration with Indigenous communities to respond to their diverse needs and build resiliency through disaster preparedness. 

The Indigenous Emergency Management Partnership Tables are a forum to create services that acknowledge Indigenous ways of knowing.


Contact a regional office to learn about partnering with with the province.