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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT ACT, 2018

Bill 8

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
AMENDMENT ACT, 2018

Chapter 14

(Assented to November 19, 2018)

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, enacts as follows:

Amends RSA 2000 cE‑6.8

1   The Emergency Management Act is amended by this Act.

 

2   Section 1 is amended

                            (a)    in clauses (e) and (f) by adding “or the environment” after “damage to property”;


                           (b)    by adding the following after clause (f):

                              (f.1)    “evacuation order” means an evacuation order made under section 19(1)(g) or section 24(1)(b);

                            (c)    by repealing clause (g.1) and substituting the following:

                              (g.1)    “Managing Director” means the person designated under section 3.1(2), and includes any person acting in the capacity of the Managing Director;

 

3   Section 3 is amended by renumbering it as section 3(1) and by adding the following after subsection (1):

(2)  In a proceeding under this Act in which proof is required as to the existence and contents of a declaration or order made under this Act, a certified or notarized copy of the declaration or order is admissible in evidence as proof of the statements contained in the declaration or order, and proof of the signature of the Minister or members of the local authority is not required.

 

4   Section 3.1 is repealed and the following is substituted:

Alberta Emergency Management Agency

3.1(1)  There shall be a part of the public service of Alberta known as the “Alberta Emergency Management Agency”.

(2)  The Minister shall designate a person employed in the Minister’s department as the Managing Director of the Agency.

(3)  In accordance with the Public Service Act, there may be appointed such officers and employees that the Minister considers are required for the administration of the business and affairs of the Agency.

 

5   Section 6(b) is repealed.

 

6   The following is added after section 7:

Local authority emergency management regulations

7.1   The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations

                                 (a)    respecting the powers, duties and functions of local authorities under this Act;

                                 (b)    respecting the establishment of emergency advisory committees referred to in section 11.1, including the duties and functions of the committees;

                                 (c)    respecting the establishment of emergency management agencies referred to in section 11.2, including the duties and functions of the agencies;

                                 (d)    respecting the delegation of a local authority’s powers or duties under this Act and the regulations;

                                 (e)    respecting training requirements for persons designated by the regulations;

                                 (f)    respecting the preparation, approval, maintenance and co‑ordination of local authority emergency plans and programs;

                                 (g)    respecting the conduct of exercises relating to emergency plans.

 

7   Section 11(b) is repealed and the following is substituted:

                           (b)    shall approve emergency plans and programs, subject to the regulations;

 

8   Section 11.1(1) is repealed and the following is substituted:

Emergency advisory committee

11.1(1)  A local authority shall appoint, subject to the regulations, an emergency advisory committee consisting of a member or members of the local authority or, in the case of an improvement district, a special area or a national park, a person or persons the local authority designates, to advise on the development of emergency plans and programs, and to exercise any powers delegated to the committee under section 11.3(1)(a).

 

9   Section 11.2(1) is repealed and the following is substituted:

Emergency management agency

11.2(1)  A local authority shall establish and maintain, subject to the regulations, an emergency management agency to act as the agent of the local authority in exercising the local authority’s powers and duties under this Act.

 

10   Section 11.3(1) is repealed and the following is substituted:

Delegation by local authority

11.3(1)  A local authority may delegate some or all of the local authority’s powers or duties under this Act to

                                 (a)    a committee composed of a member or members of the local authority, including an emergency advisory committee appointed under section 11.1(1), and

                                 (b)    subject to the regulations, one or more of the following:

                                        (i)    a regional services commission established under the Municipal Government Act representing 2 or more local authorities if the regional services commission is authorized in its establishing regulation to exercise that power or duty;

                                      (ii)    if authorized by order of the Minister, a joint committee representing 2 or more local authorities that is composed of one or more members appointed by each of the local authorities;

                                     (iii)    in the case of a summer village and if authorized by order of the Minister, another local authority.

(1.1)  Where, under subsection (1)(b)(iii), a summer village has delegated its powers or duties under this Act to a local authority, the local authority may subdelegate those powers or duties to a committee composed of a member or members of that local authority, including an emergency advisory committee appointed under section 11.1(1).

 

11   Section 17 is repealed and the following is substituted:

Offence

17   Any person who

                                 (a)    contravenes this Act or the regulations,

                                 (b)    fails to comply with an evacuation order, or

                                 (c)    interferes with or obstructs any person in the carrying out of a power or duty under this Act or the regulations

is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year or to a fine of not more than $10 000 or to both imprisonment and a fine.

 

12   Section 17.1(2)(a) and (b) are amended by striking out “crisis management plan” and substituting “consequence management plan for human‑induced intentional threats”.

 

13     Section 19 is amended

                            (a)    in subsection (1)(g) by striking out “cause” and substituting “order”;

                           (b)    by repealing subsection (5) and substituting the following:

(5)  On the making of an order under section 18(1), the Managing Director is, unless the Minister authorizes another person under subsection (6), responsible for the co‑ordination and implementation of the necessary plans or programs prepared pursuant to this Act and all persons and agencies involved in the implementation are subject to the control and direction of the Managing Director.

(6)  The Minister may, by order, authorize another person to be responsible for the co‑ordination and implementation of the necessary plans or programs prepared pursuant to this Act and all persons and agencies involved in the implementation are subject to the control and direction of that person.

(7)  On the making of an order under section 18(1), the Minister may, by order, authorize the Managing Director or any other person to exercise some or all of the powers given to the Minister under subsection (1).

(8)  The Regulations Act does not apply to an order made under subsection (1)(g).

 

14   The following is added after section 19:

Compliance with evacuation order

19.1(1)  If an evacuation order is made, every person within the area that is the subject of the evacuation order must leave the area

                                 (a)    immediately, or

                                 (b)    if a deadline for evacuation is specified in the evacuation order, by that deadline.

(2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a person acting under the direction of a person exercising powers under section 19(1) or 24(1)(b), as the case may be, so long as there is a plan for safely evacuating that person in a timely manner and the means available to carry out the plan.

 

15   Section 25 is repealed and the following is substituted:

Dispute re compensation amount

25(1)  If any dispute arises concerning the amount of compensation payable under section 19(3) or 24(1.1), the matter shall be determined by arbitration and the Arbitration Act applies.

(2)  For greater certainty, arbitration is not available to contest eligibility for compensation under this Act or the regulations.

 

16   Section 27 is amended by adding “, including a power or duty under section 19(1)(g) or 19.1 of this Act” after “regulations”.

 

17   Section 28 is amended by adding “including a power or duty under section 19(1)(g) or 19.1 or the exercise of the powers under section 24(1)(b) of this Act,” after “regulations”.