Next Canadian emergency public Alert Ready test is happening May 8th [Update]

CRTC emergency alert

On May 8th, 2019 Canadians will receive a text alert on their mobile device from the Alert Ready Emergency Alert System.

On May 8th, every compatible mobile device connected to an LTE network will receive a notification from the “wireless public alerting” (WPA) system. By the end of this month, all wireless devices for sale in Canada must be WPA-compatible. Canadians using television or radio will also be alerted.

Here is the schedule for the test alerts:

  • 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)

The Alert Ready system been used on several occasions over the past year, mainly for testing but also for a tornado warning in Ottawa, and various amber alerts.