Oct. 29, 2010, Ottawa - The Hon. Vic Toews, minister of public safety, announced on Oct. 21 a federal contribution of $125,000 would be made toward a new initiative, called Partnerships Toward Safer Communities, to benefit Canada’s emergency managers.
The funding was awarded to the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) who will provide emergency managers across Canada with a web-based resource that will increase the exchange of vital information to continuously improve public, private and not-for-profit emergency management programs.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of the emergency management community and the CAFC’s role in promoting a safe and resilient Canada,” said Toews. “Through Public Safety Canada funding for this initiative, the CAFC will be able to develop partnerships and enhance and continue its online service for emergency management professionals and business continuity experts everywhere in Canada.”
“The CAFC welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Government of Canada,” said CAFC President Rob Simonds. “Collectively, we have a shared leadership responsibility to support and enhance emergency preparedness throughout our nation. Partnerships Towards Safer Communities will enable us to broaden our efforts to build collaborative practices and further strengthen our efforts to support the safety and security of Canadians.”
The funding was provided under the department’s Policy Development Contributions Program, which supports strategic public safety and emergency management projects undertaken by our stakeholders. Approved projects contribute to policy making and improving service delivery.