Revision as of 15:44, 18 October 2011 by Jennifer (Talk | contribs)
(diff) ←Older revision | Current revision (diff) | Newer revision→ (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search



HFA National Reports

National Report 2007: No reported

National Report 2006: No reported

National Report 2005: No reported

National Report 2004: Prepared for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (WCDR)

National Platform

Created in October, 2010

HFA National Focal Point

Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

125 Sussex Drive

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0G2


Tel: 613-944-1609, BB: 613-614-2085; fax: 613-943-4875

Web: > Global Issues > Humanitarian Affairs > Natural Disasters and Risk Reduction

Contact Person:

Jessica Birks (replaced Céline Heinbecker as of September 2, 2008)

Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group (IRH-GHA) / Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

125 Sussex Drive / Promenade Sussex Ottawa, Ontario K1A OG2

Tel: (613) 943-4877, Fax: 613-943-4875


URL: > Foreign Policy (Activities and Programs) > Humanitarian Affairs > Natural Disasters and Risk Reduction

Alternative contact:

Laura Louise Légaré (in lieu of Valeriah Hwacha until March 2009)

Policy Analyst

Emergency Management Policy Directorate

Public Safety Canada

269, Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A OP8

Tel: 613-991-7785, Fax: 613-991-7095


Other contacts

Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva


His Excellency Mr. Marius Grinius

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Permanent Representative

Address: Avenue de l'Ariana 5, 1202 Geneva

Tel: +(41-22) 919-9200, Fax: +(41-22) 919-9233



Ministry of Natural Resources


Phone: (613) 995-0947



Ministry of Environment

Address: Environment Canada, Inquiry Centre, 70 Crémazie Street, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0H3

Phone: (+1) 800 668-6767 [in Canada only]/819-997-2800 / Fax: 819-994-1412 / TTY: 819-994-0736



Ministry of Health

Address: Health Canada, Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture, Postal Locator: 0906C, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0K9

Fax: (613) 952-1154



The Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (CCEP)

Address: 860 Harrington Court, Suite 211, Burlington, Ontario L7N 3N4, Canada

Phone: 905.331.2552 / Fax: 905.331.1641



Reducing Risk from Natural Hazards Program (RRNH)

Contact person: Christopher Tucker, Program Manager, Reducing Risk from Natural Hazard, ESS/PBESS/ESSP, Natural Resources Canada

Address: Natural Resources Canada, 601 Booth Street, 4th Floor, Room. 479, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1A 0E8

Phone: (613) 943-4245 / Fax : (613) 992-0190



Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations

Address: One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 885 Second Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA

Phone: (+1) 212-848-1100

Email: /


Canadian Society for International Health

Address: 1 Nicholas St, Suite 1105, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7, CANADA

Phone: 613 241-5785 / Fax: 613 241-3845



Canadian Red Cross:

Address: National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2

Phone: (+613) 740-1900 / Fax: (+613) 740-1911



Country profile:

Official name: Canada

Capital: Ottawa

Population: 33,390,141 (July 2007 est.)

Total area: 9,984,670 sq km

Languages: English (official) 59.3%, French (official) 23.2%, other 17.5% (Chinese, Italian, German, Cree, Inuktitut, etc)

Government: Parliamentary democracy

Ethnic Groups: British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26%

Religion: Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16% (2001 census)

Currency: Canadian dollar

Canada is a federation composed of ten provinces and three territories; in turn, these may be grouped into regions. Western Canada consists of British Columbia and the three Prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). Central Canada consists of Quebec and Ontario. Atlantic Canada consists of the three Maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia), along with Newfoundland and Labrador. Eastern Canada refers to Central Canada and Atlantic Canada together. Three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut) make up Northern Canada. Provinces have a large degree of autonomy from the federal government, territories somewhat less. Each has its own provincial or territorial symbols.

The provinces are responsible for most of Canada's social programs (such as health care, education, and welfare) and together collect more revenue than the federal government, an almost unique structure among federations in the world. Using its spending powers, the federal government can initiate national policies in provincial areas, such as the Canada Health Act; the provinces can opt out of these, but rarely do so in practice. Equalization payments are made by the federal government to ensure that reasonably uniform standards of services and taxation are kept between the richer and poorer provinces.

All provinces have unicameral, elected legislatures headed by a Premier selected in the same way as the Prime Minister of Canada. Each province also has a Lieutenant-Governor representing the Queen, analogous to the Governor General of Canada. The Lieutenant-Governor is appointed on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Canada, though with increasing levels of consultation with provincial governments in recent years.

A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care and education services, as well as responding to separatist concerns in predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

Source: UN/ISDR, ONU/EIRD/The Amercias, CIA Factbook, Wikipedia


HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

HFA P4 - Risk applications:

HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:

Others Documents:

Web Links:

PreventionWeb Country Profile - Natural Disaster, Canada data and Statistics

EM-DAT Country Profile - Natural Disaster

UN/ISDR - UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Europe - Hazard Profile Canada

ReliefWeb Countries and Emergencies - Canada

Canadian Avalanche Centre


Sustaining the Environment and Resources for Canadians

Canadian Weather Office

Natural Resources Canada, Earth Sciences Sector, Earthquakes Canada

Natural Resources Canada, Geological Survey of Canada, Floods

Canadian Forest Services, Forest Fire in Canada

Natural Resources Canada, Geological Survey of Canada, Landslides

Government of Canada

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

Canada's National Climate Change Website

Canadian Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program

Canadian Climate Change and Health: Workshop and Conference Reports

Personal tools