Emergency program legislation and regulations

The Emergency Program Act (EPA) and the associated regulations provide the legislative framework for the management of disasters and emergencies in B.C.

Changes to legislation and regulations

Solicitor General reports to the Speaker under the CRMA

Under Section 4 (1) of COVID-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA), the minister responsible for the administration of the Emergency Program Act must report to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on the following made under that Act respecting the COVID-19 pandemic:

(a) an order made under section 10;
(b) a regulation made under section 10.1

On receipt of a report under this section, the legislation requires the Speaker to lay the report before the Legislative Assembly as soon as possible.

The following reports have been submitted to the Speaker as per the requirements of CRMA:

Attorney General reports required under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act can be found at the bottom of the Ministry of Attorney General Response to COVID-19 page.

Modernizing Emergency Program Act

The B.C. government is modernizing the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to support more effective management of emergencies in the province. We are doing this by incorporating international best practices, including the United Nations (UN) Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework); the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (PDF) (the Declaration); and the draft principles that guide the province’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

Follow the proposed changes to legislation on the Changes to the Emergency Program Act page.