Emergency Management Assistance Program

Learn about funding available for emergency management on reserve.

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About the program

In partnership with First Nations communities, provincial and territorial governments and non-government organizations, Indigenous Services Canada's Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP) helps communities on reserve access emergency assistance services.

EMAP provides funding to First Nations communities so they can build resiliency, prepare for natural or human-caused hazards and respond to them using the 4 pillars of emergency management:

  1. mitigation
  2. preparedness
  3. response
  4. recovery

EMAP aims to be:

  • flexible
  • culturally sensitive
  • responsive to the unique strengths and customs of First Nations communities
  • adaptive to the evolving challenges resulting from emergency events

The program also provides funding to provinces, territories and non-government organizations to support on-reserve emergency management.

Mitigation and preparedness

Project funding is available for First Nations-led emergency management preparedness and non-structural mitigation initiatives, such as:

  • training opportunities
  • emergency management plan development and testing
  • tsunami preparedness
  • all hazard risk assessments
  • FireSmart initiatives

Funding prioritizes local efforts through small-scale projects proposed by the communities to increase preparedness and capacity. This builds capacity, knowledge, skills and abilities of First Nations to respond to and recover from emergency situations.

For examples of past mitigation and preparedness projects, please visit:

The program partners with:

  • First Nations communities
  • tribal councils and organizations
  • provinces and territories
  • third party providers

EMAP also supports FireSmart initiatives in Indigenous communities.

Structural mitigation infrastructure projects are funded by the Capital Facilities Maintenance Program and the First Nations Infrastructure Fund.

Response and recovery

When emergency response and recovery needs go beyond the capacity of the individual citizens and First Nations or tribal councils, EMAP can help.

EMAP reimburses response and recovery activities due to emergencies, helping the community recover in a timely, durable and holistic way. Eligible emergencies include ongoing or imminent:

  • wildfire
  • flood
  • storm
  • earthquake
  • accident
  • pollution

To learn more, consult the Emergency Management Assistance Program's terms and conditions.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for funding under the EMAP, the emergency event must have impacted, or the proposed project must directly support, First Nations located on:

  • a reserve, as defined in s. 2 (1) of the Indian Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. I-5
  • lands set aside in Yukon as per Cabinet Directive (Circular No. 27) entitled Procedure for Reserving Land in the Yukon and Northwest Territories (1955)
  • lands formerly defined as a reserve or lands set aside which now form part of modern treaty settlement lands


There is no deadline to apply.

Mitigation and preparedness

Communities seeking project funding are encouraged to apply in the fall to ensure funding is made available at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Response and recovery

Communities seeking reimbursement after an emergency are encouraged to submit estimates or invoices as quickly as possible to help ensure a timely community recovery.

Contact your local regional office for more details.

How to apply?

Contact your local regional office to find out how to apply and what documents are needed.

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