Emergency management legislation

Acts and regulations that outline Alberta’s emergency management framework.

Emergency Management Act

The Emergency Management Act provides the legislative framework for local and provincial management of emergencies and disasters. It was last amended to address the growing need for local and provincial states of emergencies to work together during emergencies and disasters, including wildfires, floods and pandemics.

Local authorities now have the power to direct and control their response efforts, as well as coordinate with the province. This allows the province to free up resources and be better equipped to respond to multiple emergencies simultaneously.


Regulations under the Emergency Management Act include:

For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions and the Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation Summary.

Emergency 911 Act

The Emergency 911 Act authorizes a monthly 911 levy on wireless devices collected by telecommunication companies and remitted to the Government of Alberta to support 911 Public Safety Answering Points. In addition, the Act authorizes the establishment of provincewide standards and guidelines around call taking processes and procedures and establishes fines for frivolous 911 calls.


Regulations under the Emergency 911 Act:

ICS Canada

The Alberta Incident Management System (AIMS) is the mandated command, control, and coordination system within the province of Alberta. See government emergency plans for more information about AIMS. 

The Incident Command System (ICS) is the command, control, and coordination system that supports AIMS. As set out in the Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation, AIMS is directly supported by ICS, which specifies an organizational structure for incident management that integrates and coordinates a combination of procedures, personnel, equipment, facilities, and communications. 

Non-ICS Canada training certificates

  • Non-ICS Canada training certificates issued prior to January 1, 2020 will be considered compliant.
  • Non-ICS Canada issued training certificates awarded after January 1, 2020, will be considered non-compliant.