Local and Other Authorities

Authorities, Legislation and Regulations

Under the Emergency Program Act, local authorities such as municipalities and regional districts are responsible for responding to emergencies, including providing emergency social services. Local authorities can ask the provincial government for help with emergency planning and response.

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) coordinates the provincial government’s emergency management system, including emergency social services. The provincial government leads the response to major disasters and responds to emergencies in areas of the province where there is no local government.

First Nations

Provincial government support is available for First Nations communities. First Nations are encouraged to integrate their disaster planning, preparedness and response with neighbouring local authorities. When the term local authority or community is used in the ESS Field Guide it includes First Nations as well, although First Nations communities do not fall under the Emergency Program Act.

Legislation and Regulations

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for British Columbia’s emergency management legislation.

The Emergency Program Act describes the powers and duties of the provincial government and local authorities in emergency planning.

The Emergency Program Management Regulation outlines the responsibilities of government ministries and corporations in an emergency, and describes the duties of the Minister of Justice in providing emergency social services.

The Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation specifies what must be included in local emergency plans, and states the powers and duties of the local authority in emergency planning.

The Compensation and Disaster Financial Assistance Regulations defines the process a person or local government must follow to request compensation after a disaster.