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ICS Canada is the governance group responsible for the pan-Canadian management of the Incident Command System (ICS). The group ensures the continuity, standardization and interoperability of ICS through the country.

Through ICS Canada, provincial or territorial agencies are referred to as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). There is only one AHJ per province or territory. Typically, the provincial or territorial government department responsible for emergency management is designated as the AHJ. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is the AHJ for Alberta and delegated the authority to manage and administer the use of ICS to the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA).

ICS Alberta committee

In 2012, AEMA in conjunction with stakeholders formed the ICS Alberta committee (ICS Alberta) to provide strategic direction for the purpose of growing ICS use in Alberta. The committee is responsible to the AEMA Managing Director and is comprised of representatives from organizations across the province that use or instruct ICS.

ICS Alberta and AEMA are responsible to ensure:

  • establishing and maintaining standard content and learning objectives for all Alberta ICS course material
  • reviewing, administering and managing changes to the Alberta curriculum
  • developing instructor qualification criteria and managing processes for instructor approval and recognition
  • developing and managing quality assurance policies and processes to ensure reciprocity of certificates
  • developing and managing additional training courses and material as required

ICS Alberta is a leader in improving access to the ICS curriculum at a national and international level. Since its formation, the committee has:

  • created standard practices, policies and processes for ICS practitioners
  • approved over 250 ICS instructors in Alberta (accounting for 49% of all ICS Canada-certified instructors)
  • partnered with Alberta Health Services to create an online version of ICS I-200, leading to Alberta becoming one of the only 2 jurisdictions in Canada offering ICS I-200 online
  • developed Canada’s first online ICS I-100 course
  • certified instructors to deliver the ICS curriculum in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Argentina, Mexico and the United States

Get involved

Consider reaching out to ICS Alberta if you are an instructor interested in delivering ICS, a course developer looking to develop ICS training, or an organization looking to deliver or develop internal ICS training for your staff or members.

Additional information for ICS students and instructors:

If you would like to become an instructor, review the instructor standards document before completing the ICS instructor application form.

Completed forms can be sent to:

ICS Alberta
c/o Training Coordinator
Municipal Affairs
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
12360 142 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5L 2H1
Email: [email protected]

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