Provincial emergency management reports

Reports that examine emergency management throughout the province.

COVID-19 Lessons Learned Report

COVID-19 Lessons Learned Review: Final Report (PDF, 2.4MB)

On Mar. 2, 2022, the B.C. Government announced an independent review and public consultation on government’s operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic to better inform preparations and responses to future emergencies. The independent review was led by Bob de Faye, Daniel Perrin and Chris Trumpy.

COVID-19 Lessons Learned Review: Event Timeline Database (XLS, 136KB)

This database was developed as part of the COVID-19 Lessons Learned Review, which assessed government’s operational response throughout the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Event Timeline Database references approximately 1,000 events that informed the COVID-19 Lessons Learned review.

Review of road rescue governance and funding model

Review of Current Governance and Funding Model For Out of Jurisdiction Road Rescue in B.C. (2021)(PDF, 485KB)
Prepared by Dale Wall for the Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC (FCABC), EMBC and Office of the Fire Commissioner.

This report examines the current governance and funding model in B.C. It provides recommendations for sustainable governance and funding for out-of-jurisdiction road rescue.

We are developing a plan for next steps, including a cross-jurisdictional scan of road rescue services.

Independent report on 2017 wildfire and flooding seasons

On Dec. 4, 2017, the B.C. Government announced an independent review of the wildfire and flooding events. The independent review was co-chaired by George Abbott and Chief Maureen Chapman. Their team heard from those who were affected by the wildfires and flooding that year through a series of open houses.

On April 30, 2018, Abbott and Chapman submitted their final report, Addressing the New Normal: 21st Century Disaster Management in British Columbia (PDF, 16.2MB)

On Oct. 31, 2018, the B.C. Government released its Action Plan (PDF, 856KB). This Action Plan addresses the 108 recommendations in the Abbot-Chapman Report. Additionally, it considers reports from events related to the 2018 floods and wildfires.

Independent report progress updates

A six-month progress update on that Action Plan was released on April 30, 2019. 

A 12-month progress update on that Action Plan was released on October 31, 2019.

Emergency preparedness survey

The findings in this report were collected in an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of the B.C. government. It was published in February 2018. 

Provincial report on 2017 wildfire and flooding seasons

Emergency Management BC led an internal review after the 2017 wildfires and flooding. Through a collaborative process, EMBC engaged with key partners in emergency management. This included provincial ministries, local and federal governments as well as First Nations. The report identifies areas for improvement and suggested actions for Emergency Management BC.