Government of Canada

05/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/03/2019 09:43

Public alerting tests to be distributed in Canada on May 8, 2019

May 3, 2019 - Ottawa-Gatineau - Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

On May 8, during Emergency Preparedness Week, provincial emergency management organizations will conduct public alerting tests in Canada. As such, test alerts should appear on every updated and compatible mobile device connected to a LTE (long-term evolution) wireless network in participating provinces and territories. The test alerts will be simultaneously distributed on radio and television.

Ongoing testing of the National Public Alerting System provides an opportunity to validate and improve the system's performance and reliability to ensure it operates as intended on TV, radio and wireless networks in the event of a life-threatening situation.

The messages will be identified as test alerts and will not require Canadians to take action. They will be sent out according to the following schedule:

May 8, 2019

Alberta 1:55 PM (MDT)

British-Colombia 1:55 PM (PDT)

Manitoba 1:55 PM (CDT)

New-Brunswick 10:55 AM (ADT)

Newfoundland & Labrador 10:55 AM (NDT)

Northwest Territories 1:55 PM (MDT)

Nova Scotia 1:55 PM (ADT)

Nunavut 1:55 PM (EDT)

Ontario No test due to flooding

Quebec No test due to flooding

Prince Edward Island 12:55 PM (ADT)

Saskatchewan 1:55 PM (CST)

Yukon 1:55 PM (PDT)

For a wireless device to receive a test alert, it must be:

  • Connected to a LTE wireless network when the test alert is issued (LTE is commonly referred to as '4G LTE') ;
  • Wireless public alerting compatible; and
  • Equipped with the latest version of its operating software.

If a mobile device meets these conditions and did not receive the test, Canadians should contact their wireless service provider.

To learn more about test alerts and to find out if a cellphone is capable of receiving emergency alerts, Canadians should visit Alert Ready.