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Key Public Safety Organizations

This is a short-list of some of the more prominent public safety organizations in Canada.

#105 – 21900 Westminster Highway
Richmond BC V6V 0A8
(604) 273-5722

Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia (APBC) is the union organization that represents the 3,600+ Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of the province of British Columbia, Canada. APBC, also known as CUPE local 873, is one of the largest union locals in the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Nearly every ambulance worker and emergency medical dispatcher in British Columbia is a member of APBC.

Our employer, the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS), is one of the largest ambulance services in the world, and is the primary Emergency Medical Services agency in the province. Our members provide pre-hospital medical care to 4.5 million people across a land mass that is 944,000+ square kilometers in size - roughly the size of the states of California, Oregon, and Washington combined. We respond by air, land, and sea to over 500,000 annual 911 calls throughout the province.

440 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 200
Ottawa, ON, K1R 7X6
Toll Free:

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, Canada, Inc. is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. It serves the people who supply, install and operate the Emergency Communications Systems used around the Country from coast to coast to coast. Members come from every type of public safety organization in the country, including 9-1-1, police, fire and emergency medical services as well as emergency management, disaster planning and federal search and rescue personnel.

The Association is affiliated with numerous Public Safety Communications organizations, including APCO International Inc., APCO Australasia and British APCO which collectively represent some 17,000 members world-wide.

APCO Canada members strive to ensure that the safety of human life, the protection of property and the public welfare benefit to the utmost degree through the provision of the call-taking and dispatching of services to those who are in need.

99 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6B9

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) fosters a culture of accountability, excellence and trust through its people, its partners and its governance. Our mandate, mission and vision are critical to supporting the very important role we play in ensuring the security of air travellers. CATSA’s mission is to protect the public by securing critical elements of the air transportation system as assigned by the Government of Canada. To achieve this, CATSA is mandated to conduct security screening in the following four areas:

  • Pre-Board Screening (PBS): the screening of passengers, their carry-on baggage and their personal belongings;
  • Hold Baggage Screening (HBS): the screening of checked baggage;
  • Non-Passenger Screening (NPS): the screening of non-passengers on a random basis; and
  • Restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC): the administration of access control to airport restricted areas through biometric identifiers

300 Terry Fox Drive, Unit 100,
Kanata ON K2K 0E3

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) was founded in Toronto on September 6, 1905. It was first known as the “Chief Constables Association of Canada” and adopted its current name in the early 1950s. It was incorporated by Letters Patent under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act in 1968 as a non-profit organization. The Association received its 'Certificate of Continuance' from Industry Canada under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act in January 11, 2013.

The Association is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Much of the work in pursuit of its’ new mandate, developed in 2013, “safety & security for all Canadians through innovation police leadership” is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government and departmental ministries having legislative and executive responsibility in law and policing.

251 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J6

CADSI is the voice for the Canadian defence and security industries. The Association exists to strengthen the relationship and dialogue between government and our industries and to maximize the contribution the members can make to national defence and security. As the primary advocate for the defence and security industries, CADSI represents the interests of industry to governments, politicians, the media, special interest groups, opinion leaders, and the public.

1 Sandridge Rd, Ottawa ON K1G 3J2

The Canadian Association of Police Educators (CAPE) promotes excellence in law enforcement training and education through the guidance of innovative research, program development, knowledge transfer, network facilitation and collaborative training initiatives.


CAPE provides advice and input regarding national and regional law enforcement training and education trends/needs as well as advocating and promoting the commitment to training. We also advise on training specific policy and liaise between operational training academies and academic institutions. Finally, CAPE guides and undertakes law enforcement training and education research and coordinates knowledge transfer initiatives.

CBSA Headquarters
Ottawa ON K1A 0L8

Keeping Canada's border open to travel and trade but closed to crime requires the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to manage border operations effectively. The CBSA carries out its responsibilities with a workforce of approximately 13,000 employees, including over 7,200 uniformed CBSA officers who provide services at approximately 1,200 points across Canada and at 39 international locations.

  • The CBSA manages 117 land-border crossings and operates at 13 international airports.
  • The CBSA investigates, detects, and apprehends violators of the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act
  • The CBSA conducts lengthy and complex investigations of suspected war criminals, national security cases, and organized crime groups
  • The CBSA administers more than 90 acts, regulations and international agreements, many on behalf of other federal departments and agencies, the provinces and the territories.

200 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians.

As a Special Operating Agency of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Canadian Coast Guard helps DFO meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. The CCG also plays a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada’s oceans and waterways

CSIS Headquarters - General Enquiries, PO Box 9732, Station T
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4G4

CSIS is at the forefront of Canada's national security establishment, employing some of the country's most intelligent and capable men and women. The Service's role is to investigate threats, analyze information and produce intelligence. It then reports to, and advises, the Government of Canada to protect the country and its citizens. Key threats include terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, espionage, foreign interference and cyber-tampering affecting critical infrastructure. CSISprograms are proactive and pre-emptive.

CSIS collects and analyzes information and security intelligence from across the country and abroad, and reports to and advises the Government of Canada on national security issues and activities that threaten the security of Canada. The Service also provides security assessments to all federal departments and agencies, with the exception of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

General Inquiries - National Headquarters, 340 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0P9
(613) 992-5891

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the courts. CSC is responsible for managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders under conditional release in the community.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), as part of the criminal justice system and respecting the rule of law, contributes to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) operates under three levels of management: National, Regional, and Institutional/District Parole Offices. The national headquarters in Ottawa performs overall planning and policy development for the Service, while each of the five regional offices implements CSC activities within the regions.

CSC is headed by the Commissioner of Corrections, who reports to the Minister of Public Safety Canada. The Commissioner is supported by an Executive Committee of national and regional officials.

Public Affairs
400 Cumberland Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 1J8

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is the national leader in defence and security science and technology. As an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), DRDC provides DND, the Canadian Forces (CF) and other government departments as well as the public safety and national security communities the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.

As an agency comprised of eight research centres across Canada and a corporate office, DRDC provides advice through performing research, development and analysis; anticipating future technologies; engaging industrial, academic and international partners; and leveraging S&T performed by external partners to enhance defence and security capacity.

DRDC’s work involves industry, international allies, academia, other government departments and the public safety and national security community. These partnerships allow DRDC to be provider of S&T and advice not only to the CF but to the Government of Canada. A significant fraction of DRDC’s annual budget is invested in collaborative programs with Canada’s private sector and academic community.

Defence R&D Canada’s (DRDC) wealth of expertise and unique facilities position it well for engaging in collaborative partnerships with both the private and public sectors. Such partnerships include:

  • Contributions in-kind towards a common objective
  • Joint applications for external funding from national and international granting agencies
  • Shared cost initiatives in pursuing a common science and technology objective
  • Exchanges of personnel at the cost of the parent employer

Headquarters, 200 Kent St.
Ottawa ON K2P 2J8

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the ;plead federal role in managing Canada’s fisheries and safeguarding its waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways.

  • Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries;
  • Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems; and
  • Safe and Secure Waters.

National Defence Headquarters Major-General George R. Pearkes Building
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0K2

The activities of the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence, like those of every other federal government organization, are carried out within a framework of legislation that is approved and overseen by Parliament. In most respects, the Department of National Defence is an organization like other departments of government. It is established by a statute – the National Defence Act – which sets out the Minister’s responsibilities, including the Minister’s responsibility for the Department and the Canadian Forces.

PO BOX 1628
Blind River, Ontario, P0R 1B0

To provide leadership and direction to Paramedics on a Provincial level through the pursuance of self-regulation and the promotion of the science of Paramedicine. We serve Paramedics and patients by advocating for the highest ethical, educational, and clinical standards.

General Headquarters
Lincoln M. Alexander Building, 777 Memorial Avenue
Orillia ON L3V 7V3

The OPP fulfills its mandate as one of North America's largest deployed police services with more than 6,100 uniformed officers, 2,700 civilian employees and 850 Auxiliary officers (2010). "Policing Excellence through Our People, Our Work, and Our Relationships" is the mission of the OPP which guides each member towards the achievement of the OPP's overall vision for Safe Communities, A Secure Ontario.

As an organization, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) commits to working continually to earn the confidence of the citizens of and visitors to Ontario—a confidence that will not be taken for granted. The OPP fulfills this commitment by providing the best and most professional service, possible, and by striving to build a culture of trust, and open and honest dialogue, with the communities it serves and among the people it employs. The organization commits to creating and sustaining a positive working environment in which all employees have equal opportunity to fulfill their potential within the profession.

201-4 Florence Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0W7

The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) is a voluntary professional organization of paramedicine practitioners across the country. PAC’s mission is to advance the profession and it’s representation throughout Canada. The association will also promote collegiality and advocate for the professional interests of paramedic practitioners across the spectrum of policy areas and practices.

The Vision of the Paramedic Association of Canada is to have Paramedicine recognized in primary health care. The Mission of the Paramedic Association of Canada is to provide quality care for the public through leadership in the advancement of the profession of paramedicine.

298 Main Street
Fredericton, NB, E3A 1C9

It's the duty of the PANB to comply with the Paramedic Act of New Brunswick, and such to protect the profession of paramedicine and the public whom it serves.

Mission is to develop and promote the highest ethical, educational and clinical standards for all Paramedics.

P.O. Box 8533
St. John's NL A1B 3N9

Speaking on behalf of its members, the PANL strives to have its mission statement realized: "To improve prehospital patient care in Newfoundland and Labrador". Acting as a public advocate for the profession, we are currently drafting a proposal for government to support the implementation of a province wide 911 system.

PANL seeks to inform members of current issues, trends and practices affecting Emergency Medical Services.

201 – 4 Florence Street
Ottawa ON K2P OW7
403- 63-1210

In February 2007, the EMSCC, released its’ blue print for the future of EMS in Canada that was called “The Future of EMS in Canada: Defining the Road Ahead”. It is better known as “The White Paper” and has defined a national strategy for EMS which embraces six key strategic directions:

  1. Clear Core Identity: Who and what EMS is, clearly and consistently.
  2. Stable Funding: Ensuring the consistent availability of those community resources which are required in order to provide high quality EMS services.
  3. Systematic Improvement: The EMS system must be open to change, and directly accountable for performance in a complex and ever-changing environment. It is not enough to say that EMS is doing a good job; EMS must be prepared to prove this, regularly, consistently, and transparently.
  4. Personnel Development: Paramedics are one of those rare and wonderful groups for whom learning never stops. EMS must ensure that both education and training of staff are sufficiently robust to enable both personal and professional growth for paramedics, as well as the highest quality of care, embracing all new and appropriate technologies in order to provide maximum medical benefit to each patient.
  5. Leadership Support: Just as we no longer put just anyone in the back of an ambulance, we must also ensure that those responsible for the day to day operation and planning of each EMS system have the specific knowledge and skill sets necessary to operate an EMS system at maximum performance.
  6. Mobilized Health Care: As health care in Canada changes and evolves, EMS must change and evolve along with it. EMS is no longer simply a medical transportation service; there are increasing numbers of places in the world where both the role and the scope of practice of paramedics have evolved to provide definitive primary care outside of traditional clinical venues, and paramedic practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to provide such care.
Parks Canada National Office

30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec, J8X 0B3

On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.


  • We are guardians of the national parks, the national historic sites and the national marine conservation areas of Canada.
  • We are guides to visitors from around the world, opening doors to places of discovery and learning, reflection and recreation.
  • We are partners building on the rich traditions of our Aboriginal people, the strength of our diverse cultures and our commitments to the international community.
  • We are storytellers recounting the history of our land and our people - the stories of Canada.

Our Commitments

  • To protect, as a first priority, the natural and cultural heritage of our special places and ensure that they remain healthy and whole.
  • To present the beauty and significance of our natural world and to chronicle the human determination and ingenuity which have shaped our nation.
  • To celebrate the legacy of visionary Canadians whose passion and knowledge have inspired the character and values of our country.
  • To serve Canadians, working together to achieve excellence guided by values of competence, respect and fairness.

269 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1A 0P8

Our mandate is to keep Canadians safe from a range of risks such as natural disasters, crime and terrorism.

To do this, Public Safety Canada coordinates and supports the efforts of federal organizations ensuring national security and the safety of Canadians. We also work with other levels of government, first responders, community groups, the private sector and other nations.

We deliver programs and develop policy as well. For example:

  • Emergency management
  • National security
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Crime prevention
  • Border Strategies

RCMP National Headquarters Building
73 Leikin Drive, Ottawa ON K1A 0R2
(613) 993-7267

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety Canada. The RCMP is unique in the world since it is a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. We provide a total federal policing service to all Canadians and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces (except Ontario and Quebec), more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international airports.

The RCMP is unique in the world since it is a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. We provide a total federal policing service to all Canadians and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces (except Ontario and Quebec), more than 150 municipalities, more than 600 Aboriginal communities and three international airports.

RNC Headquarters, 1 Fort Townshend
St. John's NL A1C 2G2

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is Newfoundland and Labrador's Provincial Police Service. The RNC dates back to 1729, with the appointment of the first police constables. In the 19th century, the RNC was modelled after the Royal Irish Constabulary with the secondment in 1844 of Timothy Mitchell of the Royal Irish Constabulary to be Inspector General, making it the oldest civil police force in North America.

P.O. Box 2430, Station “D”
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5W5
(613) 990-8441

The Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC or the Committee) is an independent, external review body which reports to the Parliament of Canada on the operations of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS or the Service).

Parliament has given CSIS extraordinary powers to intrude on the privacy of individuals. SIRC ensures that these powers are used legally and appropriately, in order to protect Canadians’ rights and freedoms. To do this, SIRC examines past operations of the Service and investigates complaints. It has the absolute authority to examine all information concerning CSIS activities, no matter how sensitive and highly classified that information may be. The results of this work, edited to protect national security and personal privacy, are summarized in its Annual Report to Parliament.

National Office
Suite 400, 1900 City Park Drive
Ottawa, ON, K1J 1A3

To enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service.We carry out our mission through community service, and first aid, and CPR training.

  • Established in 1883 in Canada
  • Member of one of the world's oldest humanitarian organizations - the Order of St. John
  • 25,000 volunteers provide two million volunteer hours annually
  • 6,000 certified instructors
  • Provides first aid and CPR training programs that contain the latest protocols and meet provincial and federal regulations
  • Trains more than 550,000 Canadians in first aid and CPR each year
  • Markets a complete range of high quality first aid kits and supplies for use at work, home and play
  • Supports humanitarian relief efforts across Canada and around the world

440 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 200
Ottawa ON K1R 7X6

Founded in 1909, CAFC was incorporated in 1965 under the Canadian Corporations Act with its head office in Ottawa, Canada. The CAFC is the national public service association dedicated to reducing the loss of life and property from fire, and advancing the science and technology of the Fire and Emergency Service in Canada.

Membership in CAFC totals in excess of 1,200 individuals and organizations. Members are drawn from fire departments, health care facilities, federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, universities and colleges, and the fire and emergency service industry at large.

The Canadian Fire Service includes 3,492 Fire Departments, over 90 per cent of which are Volunteer Fire Departments.

Seventy-eight (78) per cent of the 108,000 firefighting personnel in Canada are volunteers.

Canadian Police Knowledge Network, 281 Kent Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, C1A 1P4
1-866-357-CPKN (2756)

The Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) is Canada's leading provider of online training solutions for police and law enforcement personnel. Working with subject matter experts from the Canadian policing community, CPKN develops and delivers highly effective, economical, and engaging e-learning courses to meet the needs of frontline officers. CPKN also offers a range of other online learning services including custom development and hosting, service-specific learning portals, and e-learning implementation assistance.

5-2600 Skymark Ave., Suite 100
Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 5B2

The Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association is a national organization created to benefit the community by maintaining and strengthening Canadian volunteer fire services through the provision of education and training, administration and organizational standards for volunteer firefighter units.

Unit 230 - 530 Century Street
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4

The Paramedic Association of Manitoba operates as the professional association for registered Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers licensed in the province of Manitoba. Representing both rural and urban practitioners, we strive to enhance the role of paramedicine as a vital component in our health care system and promote the highest quality of emergency medical services and pre-hospital care possible.

The Paramedic Association of Manitoba is a strong voice for paramedics province-wide, working to address the needs of our patients and the profession. The Paramedic Association of Manitoba is not an employer or a labour union. We are a proud chapter of the Paramedic Association of Canada which represents over 14,000 paramedics across Canada.

1545 Carling Avenue - 303
Ottawa ON K1Z 8P9

The Police Sector Council (PSC) is a centre for HR information, tools and networks. It supports horizontality in policing - a vision of a sector that is informed about HR issues and challenges, integrated in HR planning and management, and aligned and networked to improve policing "sector-wide".


Connecting forces - securing futures: To enable Canadian policing organizations, partners and stakeholders to implement innovative, practical solutions to human resource planning and management challenges.


  • enable a nationally integrated policing “sector”
  • facilitate sharing and networking
  • support the sector through an information, knowledge and tools library
  • enable efficiencies in planning and managing of HR resources

Grand quartier général, Direction des communications, 1701, rue Parthenais
Montréal (Québec) H2K 3S7

The Sûreté du Québec was created in 1870. It is the only Québec police organization to have jurisdiction over all of Québec and to carry out such a wide variety of mandates. It operates at all levels and in all sectors of public security, including police activities in the municipalities it serves, road safety interventions and local and international criminal investigations. As a national police force providing services to citizens, other police organizations and the State, the Sûreté du Québec is also a leader in specialized service delivery, especially in terms of criminal investigations and emergency measures, thanks to the expertise of its police and civilian personnel and to its use of advanced technologies.

The services of the Sûreté du Québec fall under three main categories: national, specialized and general. These three areas are complementary, guaranteeing the State and the citizens a full range of police services. Some of these services are exclusive to the Sûreté du Québec, while others are offered in partnership or in conjunction with police organizations and agencies that share the Sûreté du Québec's mission.

330 Sparks Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0N5

Transport Canada is responsible for transportation policies and programs. It promotes safe, secure, efficient and environmentally-responsible transportation.

Transport Canada reports to Parliament and Canadians through the minister of Transport. It works with its portfolio partners, other government departments and jurisdictions, and industry to ensure that all parts of Canada's transportation system work well.

The department consists of program and support groups working at headquarters in Ottawa and in locations across Canada. The headquarters organization is made up of a number of groups: Policy, Safety and Security, Airport and Port Programs, Surface Infrastructure and Corporate Services, as well as the Departmental General Counsel, Communications and Marketing, and Human Resources. Transport Canada's five regions - Pacific, Prairie and Northern, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic - are headed by regional director generals responsible for the delivery of transportation programs and services in their respective regions.

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