Public Test of Alert Ready on November 16, 2022

Canadians in participating provinces and territories can expect a test alert on their television, radio, and compatible wireless devices.

Oakville, Ontario, November 14, 2022 –  A test of Alert Ready, Canada’s National Public Alerting System will take place on November 16, 2022, across most provinces and territories.

Alberta1:55 PM MST
British Columbia1:55 PM PST
Manitoba1:55 PM CST
New Brunswick1:55 PM AST
Newfoundland & Labrador10:55 AM NST
Northwest Territories1:55 PM NST
Nova Scotia1:55 PM AST
Nunavut2:00 PM EST
Ontario12:55 PM EST
Prince Edward IslandNo test scheduled
Quebec1:55 PM EST
Saskatchewan1:55 PM CST
Yukon1:55 PM PDT

For provinces and territories participating in the test, their respective emergency management organizations will issue one test message over television, radio, and compatible LTE wireless devices.

Testing of the Alert Ready system provides the opportunity to:

  • increase public awareness about the system and spark emergency preparedness conversations, so that Canadians can be ready and prepared in the event of an actual emergency.
  • validate the effectiveness and reliability of the system to ensure it operates as intended from end to end. 

Alert Ready was developed in collaboration with federal, provincial, and territorial government agencies, Pelmorex, the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers. Each stakeholder has a unique and important role to play in the Alert Ready process.

Given the importance of warning Canadians of imminent threat to the safety of life and property, Canadians do not have the option to opt-out of this essential life-saving service. So far in 2022, the Alert Ready system has delivered more than 800 public emergency alert messages to Canadians. For ongoing updates about the test, follow the official Alert Ready Twitter page

To arrange an interview about the Alert Ready test, please contact:

Primary contact:

Ryan McKenna, FleishmanHillard HighRoad

About 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.To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter.