Department of National Defence

The Canadian Forces may be called to assist provinces in provision of services to local authorities experiencing an event. As in other requests for federal government assistance, such requests must be directed through the AEMA. 

For example, following the Pine Lake Tornado in July 2000, the military provided engineers, heavy equipment and divers; in June 2002, they assisted in fighting forest fires in northeastern Alberta when local and provincial resources were overtaxed. 

It is important to note that costs are associated with military assistance. The military are often viewed as a quick and free resource and this is not the case.

Further information about the Canadian Forces can be found at:  

 http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/home-accueil-eng.asp



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