UPDATED - Public alerting tests to be conducted in Canada on November 25

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UPDATED - Public alerting tests to be conducted in Canada on November 25

UPDATED - Public alerting tests to be conducted in Canada on November 25

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OTTAWA, ON and GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 24, 2020

OTTAWA, ON and GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 24, 2020 /CNW/ - On November 25, 2020, all provincial and territorial emergency management organizations will conduct public alerting tests in Canada, except for Nunavut and Alberta. As such, test alerts will be distributed on TV, radio and compatible mobile devices connected to a LTE (long-term evolution) or a newer wireless network (5G) in all provinces and territories.

Ongoing testing of the National Public Alerting System provides an opportunity for stakeholders to validate and improve the system's performance and reliability to ensure it operates as intended in the event of a life-threatening situation.

The messages will be identified as test alerts and will not require Canadians to take action.

They will be sent out according to the following schedule:

November 25, 2020


*no test scheduled*

British Columbia

1:55 PM (PST)


1:55 PM (CST)

New Brunswick

10:55 AM (AST)

Newfoundland & Labrador

10:55 AM (NST)

Northwest Territories

9:55 AM (MST)

Nova Scotia

1:55 PM (AST)


*no test scheduled*


12:55 PM (EST)

Prince Edward Island

12:55 PM (AST)


1:55 PM (EST)


1:55 PM (CST)


1:55 PM (MST)

For a wireless device to receive a test alert, it must be:

  • Connected to an LTE wireless or a newer wireless network (5G) at the time the test alert is issued;

  • Wireless public alerting (WPA) compatible; and

  • Equipped with a recent Canadian version of its operating software.

If a mobile device meets these conditions and did not receive the test, Canadians should contact their wireless service provider.

To learn more about test alerts, Canadians should visit Alert Ready.

Quick Facts

  • Since January 2019, hundreds of emergency alert messages were successfully transmitted by emergency management officials to warn Canadians of a potentially life-threatening situation. These alerts have been credited with saving lives.

  • Public alerts are important in times of crisis and have recently been used to relay crucial information to the public regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • All devices sold by wireless service providers after April 6, 2019, are expected to be compatible with wireless public alerting.

  • Compatible devices may react differently to public alerts, depending on the phone's brand, model and operating system.

  • The National Public Alerting System involves various stakeholders:

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SOURCE Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission