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Ontario Prepared For Emergencies

McGuinty Government Launches Quick-Response Supply Network

The Province has a new quick-response network to ensure Ontarians will have access to critical supplies in the event of a crisis or disaster.

The first of its kind in Canada, the network is a partnership of the Ontario government, through Emergency Management Ontario (EMO), the federal government, and over 40 private sector groups. The partnership will be known as the Supply Chain Alliance.

The network will ensure that basic supplies and commodities will be on the road to affected communities within hours of an emergency, including:

  • Semi-trailers packed with clothes and blankets
  • Refrigerated trucks delivering fresh food and water
  • Tankers topped up with oil and gasoline.
Key participating sectors include: food and water, oil and gas, building supplies, medical supplies, financial services, telecommunications, electricity and transportation.

This announcement launches Emergency Preparedness Week in Ontario, May 4 to 10.

Quick Facts

  • Only 12 percent of Canadians have an emergency survival kit and only 11 percent have a family emergency plan.
  • The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act enables the province to buy and distribute critical supplies during a disaster.

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“Ontario leads the country in the development of this important quick response emergency supply network. It means urgently needed supplies will be out of the warehouse and on the road within precious hours of an emergency occurring.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“Our members are working hard to make their own supply chain as resilient as possible so they can continue to operate during a disaster. With the new alliance, we'll be able to provide our expertise to the province and help get critical supplies to wherever they're needed in Ontario during an emergency.”

Robert Armstrong

President, Supply Chain & Logistics Canada



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