Canada’s Emergency Alert System Testing Schedule Revealed

An emergency alert is seen on a mobile phone in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, November 16, 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)


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“Canada to Test Alert Ready System Nationwide”

On Wednesday, a nationwide test of Canada’s Alert Ready system is set to take place, which aims to alert the public about life-threatening events. The system allows government agencies to warn citizens about various threats, including explosives, wildfires, air quality, and national security concerns. The test is expected to activate an alert tone and display a message on TV, radio, and cellphones across the country.

Test Alert Schedule

The test alert is scheduled to take place at different times based on location:

– Newfoundland and Labrador at 10:55 a.m. NST
– New Brunswick at 10:55 a.m. AST
– Prince Edward Island at 12:55 p.m. AST
– Nova Scotia at 1:55 p.m. AST
– Quebec at 1:55 p.m. EST
– Ontario at 12:55 p.m. EST
– Nunavut at 2:00 p.m. EST
– Manitoba at 1:55 p.m. CST
– Saskatchewan at 1:55 p.m. CST
– Yukon at 1:55 p.m. MST
– British Columbia at 1:55 p.m. PST

No tests are scheduled in Alberta and the Northwest Territories this month. Following the test messages, the operators of the Alert Ready system will conduct surveys to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of the alerts.

Accessibility Focus

One of the primary focuses of the surveys is to enhance the system for Canadians with disabilities. Alternative formats are available for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or partially sighted. Text-to-speech software, audio messages, and vibration features on phones are some of the alternatives being utilized. Additionally, a general public survey will be available to gather feedback on the overall performance of the Alert Ready system.

Collaborative Effort

The Alert Ready system is a collaboration between various partners, including government agencies, emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Pelmorex, broadcasters, and wireless service providers. Together, these partners work to ensure that Canadians receive alerts immediately and know how to stay safe during emergencies.


As the Alert Ready system undergoes a nationwide test, Canadians are reminded of the importance of being prepared for potential life-threatening events. The surveys being conducted aim to gather valuable feedback to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of the system. Ultimately, the test seeks to ensure that all Canadians, including those with disabilities, are well-equipped to respond to potential threats and stay safe. Stay alert, stay informed, and stay safe.


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