Summary and feedback forms - CAN-ASC-5.1 Standard on emergency measures: Public review draft
Where can you access the draft standard?
- You will find the summary of the draft standard below.
- To read or download the full draft standard, please consult the Standard on Emergency Measures: Public Review Draft webpage.
- If you require an alternate format to participate in this public review, contact us.
Summary of the draft standard
Purpose and vision
The purpose of this standard on Accessible Emergency Measures is to:
- reduce the impact of emergencies on people with disabilities and other vulnerable individuals; and
- strengthen the ability of communities to recover after an event.
Like all of Accessibility Standards Canada's standards, it seeks to create a Canada without barriers by 2040. It also supports:
We follow the principle of universal accessibility in this standard to ensure no one is left behind. The standard envisions communities that are:
- inclusive; and
It aligns with the philosophy of “Nothing without us.” This means that people with disabilities are involved in decisions that affect them.
This is the first version of the standard. Accessibility Standards Canada’s Technical Committee on Emergency Measures developed it. It will align with other applicable standards.
This standard contains requirements and recommendations. These will help organizations and communities identify ways to protect:
- people with disabilities; and
- others who may be at greater risk during emergencies.
The standard is made up of a framework with 4 mutually dependent functions:
The standard provides guidance on the following:
- General considerations. This refers to the key components of emergency management programs.
- Pre-planning. This involves:
- identifying people with disabilities and others who may be vulnerable in an emergency;
- identifying types of vulnerabilities;
- determining how the individuals identified can assist others; and
- establishing information-sharing processes.
- Program planning. This refers to the process for planning how to manage emergencies to ensure continuity of operations. It details how the emergency program will be evaluated, implemented, and maintained.
- Hazard identification, risk assessment, prevention, and mitigation. This refers to identifying and monitoring potential hazards, threats, and vulnerabilities. It includes analyzing risks and measuring the impact of incidents arising from an identified hazard or threat.
- Implementation. This includes communication activities, warnings, and incident management plans. Their purpose is to control and coordinate the response to an emergency. They also support continuity and recovery.
- Post-incident response and mitigation. This involves gathering information on types of vulnerabilities and demographic data. It helps identify who needs what kinds of support and at what times. This will help vulnerable people recover from an emergency. Post-incident response activities should also include assessing the impact of the emergency and creating a recovery plan.
Forms and instructions
About the links on this page
Please note that all links on this page will open in another window to ensure that information provided in the form below is not lost.
What type of feedback is expected?
We are asking for your feedback and suggestions on the draft standard. Suggestions can be:
- Editorial such as spelling, grammar, formatting and accessibility
- Technical such as dimensions or application of the standard
- General comments on the overall standard or a section such as things that are missing.
For each suggestion, you need to include five things: four are required and one is optional:
- The section number (required)
- What we should change (required)
- What we should change it to (required)
- Why you think we should change it (required)
- Any related files you want to share
Who can provide feedback?
Anyone can make suggestions on the draft standard. We are especially interested in input from:
- individuals with lived experience of disability,
- government organizations, and
- anyone who would use or benefit from this standard.
How to prepare your suggestions
- Choose a way to keep track of your ideas for suggestions that happen as you read the standard (paper and pen, computer, recording, etc.).
- Access the standard and read it.
- If you find something that you think should be changed, then keep track of the section number (e.g., 126.96.36.199.1) because you will need it when you fill out the form.
- For each suggestion you want to submit, also include:
- what you think should be in the standard instead and
- why you think that.
- Decide if you will use the online form or the downloadable suggestion form to share your suggestions (this is described in the How to submit your suggestions section). You can add audio, video and other files in either form.
Deadline to submit suggestions
Our public review is open for 90 days. Suggestions can be submitted until 3:00 PM EST, on December 13, 2023.
How to submit your suggestions
You can submit your suggestions on the CAN-ASC-5.1 Standard on Emergency Measures: Public Review Draft by using our online form or by downloading our PDF form. For alternate formats, please contact us by email.
- You can make up to ten suggestions through the online form or the PDF form.
- You can submit as many forms as you like.
If using the online form
Please fill out the online form below.
- The online form cannot be saved and finished at another sitting. It is designed to be completed and submitted in one sitting.
- We recommend submitting the form with completed suggestions at the end of each sitting and starting a new form at your next sitting.
- Please note that each file that is uploaded on the online suggestion form must be less than 1 GB.
- If you are submitting your suggestions by video, you should choose this option.
If using the PDF form
- If you have suggestions for a lot of sections of the draft standard, the downloadable PDF form may be a more convenient option.
- If the PDF does not download automatically, please click or press the download button located at the top of your screen while the PDF is open.
- The download button should look like an arrow pointing down (see example on the right, circled in yellow) or a floppy disk/diskette:
Personal information collection statement
Personal information collection statement
We collect your name, postal code and contact information for two reasons:
- To understand how the draft standard may need to be changed to better meet the needs of people in different parts of Canada.
- In some cases, we will use this information to contact you to learn more about your suggestion. This will only happen if you agree to let us contact you.
The authority to collect information contained on this form for the purposes described above is provided under the authority of the Accessible Canada Act. Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Privacy Act. The Privacy Act and other laws protect your personal information. You have the right to access and correct this information.
Your right to privacy and control of your information
We follow rules about the information we can collect from you and save. The personal information that can be collected is described in the “Outreach Activities PSU 938” Personal Information Bank.
You can find instructions on how to learn about personal information saved about you at: Treasury Board of Canada “Information about programs and information holdings”.
The personal information that you provide is protected under Canada’s Privacy Act. Under the Privacy Act, you have the right to access your personal information and request changes to information that is incorrect.
You have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding the institutions’ handling of your personal information at: Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.