Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear and Explosives Resilience Strategy and Action Plan for Canada

In order to enhance and sustain Canada's resilience to CBRNE events, all levels of government within Canada have collaborated to develop a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Resilience Strategy for Canada (hereafter referred to as “The Strategy”). Its purpose is to provide the policy framework that will guide the creation of sustainable capabilities and common standards in CBRNE policies, programs, equipment and training.

The Strategy promotes the vision of an integrated capability across Canada by framing a scalable, responsive, dynamic, sustainable and evidence-based approach for all contributors to CBRNE events.  This approach is equally based on the Four Components of Emergency Management: prevention / mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

An Action Plan (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Resilience Action Plan for Canada), which is an integral part of this Strategy, sets out actions and timelines for CBRNE programs and activities over a five-year period. The Action Plan is based on the five strategic objectives. Efforts in support of the Action Plan identify and strengthen the capabilities across Canada to prevent / mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from CBRNE events.

The Strategy and its supporting Action Plan replaces the 2005 federal Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Strategy of the Government of Canada. The new Strategy now includes federal, provincial and territorial roles and responsibilities. It also includes the threat posed by explosives, which was not within the scope of the 2005 Strategy. The new strategy also takes into consideration other developments in emergency management since 2005, such as the Emergency Management Act 2007, An Emergency Management Framework for Canada 2011, the Federal Emergency Response Plan (FERP) and the National Emergency Response System (NERS).

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