Deadline Extended for Emergency Program Act Input

The deadline for local government input into the Emergency Program Act (EPA) has been extended until April 22, 2016. This follows requests for an extension from a number of stakeholders, including a letter from UBCM President Al Richmond, to provide local governments time to thoroughly analyze the current Act and comment on the Province’s discussion paper.

Introduced in 1993, the EPA outlines the key responsibilities and authorities used to direct local and provincial authorities in emergency and disaster preparation, response and recovery. The discussion paper, Prepared and Resilient: A Discussion Paper on the Legislative Framework for Emergency Management in British Columbia, outlines some provincially-identified challenges and proposals for change regarding the current legislation, which itself has undergone minimal change since 1993

Formal responses to the discussion paper may be submitted to the Province via e-mail, with the added request that all local government feedback also be sent to Bhar Sihota, UBCM Policy Analyst.

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