Wireless Public Emergency Alert Update
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) determined that as of April 6, 2018, all Wireless Service Providers must distribute wireless public emergency alert messages on their LTE (long-term evolution) networks. This decision comes at a time when most Canadians now use wireless services as the primary means of communication and will serve to enhance Public Safety in Canada. The list of phones that are capable of receiving these new wireless public alerts are listed on the Wireless Service Provider Websites. Although this service doesn’t work on all phones or all networks, we are pleased that Canada’s wireless network is now being used to support Public Alerting, thus enhancing the Public Safety.
As part of the roll-out of Wireless Public Alerting, a plan is in place to test the system across Canada in May 2018 during emergency Preparedness Week. We have provided a link to the CRTC Press Release and test schedule below.
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