On May 15, 2024, a test of the Alert Ready system was conducted in Ontario. The test message was issued and distributed to television, radio and compatible wireless devices.

The test identified that some Ontarians did not receive the test alert on their compatible wireless device. The issue has been resolved by the appropriate wireless service providers.

Testing is an important part of any public alerting system. It allows all Alert Ready partners to learn what areas need adjustment in order to continuously enhance the system, ahead of an actual emergency. Our next test of the system will take place on November 20, 2024.

– Updated May 17, 2024

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What is Alert Ready?

Alert Ready is Canada’s emergency alerting system. Alert Ready delivers critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio and LTE-connected and compatible wireless devices. The Alert Ready system was developed with many partners, including federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Pelmorex, the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers. Together, these partners work to ensure Canadians receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to stay safe.

Alert Tone

If you hear this distinctive tone on television, radio or on your wireless device, please pay attention and take action right away.

Notice for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or partially sighted: Alternate formats of the alerts may be issued, however, not every alerting authority or device has the capability to produce or receive these formats. Broadcasters may use text-to-speech software to create an audio version of an alert message. Emergency alerts may be read to the recipient if your device supports this feature. The vibration feature that accompanies emergency alerts is available to alert Canadians. Please contact your wireless provider for more services which may be available to you.