(Ottawa) All provincial and territorial emergency management organizations will be conducting public alerting tests in Canada this Wednesday, except in Nunavut.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) specifies that these tests will be broadcast on television, radio, and on compatible mobile devices connected to an LTE wireless network or a newer 5G wireless network. .
Compatible devices may react to public alerts differently depending on the make, model, and operating system of the device.
Regular testing of the National Public Alerting System allows responders to validate and improve the performance and reliability of the system to ensure that it operates as intended in the event of a life-threatening situation.
Test alert messages will be marked as such and will not require action by Canadians.
In Ontario, the message will be delivered at 12:55 p.m. and in Quebec at 1:55 p.m. EST in both cases. In the Maritimes, it will be heard on Atlantic time at 10:55 a.m. in New Brunswick, at 12:55 p.m. in Prince Edward Island and at 1:55 p.m. in Nova Scotia.
The CRTC reports that since January 2019, hundreds of emergency alert messages have been successfully transmitted by emergency management authorities. It is recognized that these alerts have saved lives.
These alerts are deemed important in times of crisis and have recently been used to relay crucial information to the public regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.