The Emergency Management Act allows for two separate states of emergencies (pdf). The first is known as a “state of local emergency” and is enacted by a municipal government either through a resolution of council, or by the direct request of the municipal mayor or warden. The Minister of Emergency Management also has the authority to issue a state of local emergency.
A “state of emergency” can cover multiple jurisdictions or the entire province, and can only be declared by the Minister of Emergency Management.
A state of local emergency is called in order to obtain special powers to effectively manage an emergency.
States of emergency may be called to:
• confiscate property
• command assistance
• control/prohibit travel
• enter without warrant
• order or cause evacuation
States of local emergencies are valid for a maximum of seven days at which time a municipality may apply to the province for a renewal.
Declaring a State of Local Emergency
Declaration of a State Of Local Emergency - Council of Municipality (pdf)
Declaration of a State Of Local Emergency - Mayor or Warden (pdf)
Renewing a State of Local Emergency
Renewal of a State Of Local Emergency - Council of Municipality, Mayor, Warden (pdf)
Terminating a State of Local Emergency
Termination of a State Of Local Emergency - Council of Municipality (pdf)