Ministry of the
Solicitor General

About Ontario's Incident Management System

ABOUT ONTARIO'S INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Project Governance

In 2006, more than 30 emergency management organizations in Ontario began working on developing a provincial incident management system. In 2008, these organizations and EMO, serving on the IMS Steering Committee, approved the first version of the IMS Doctrine. This marked the creation of a standardized approach to emergency management, built on international recommended practices, but designed to reflect Ontario’s unique needs.

Functional Working Groups

Several functional Working Groups develop resources to support IMS:

  • Training Working Group
  • Communications Working Group
  • Resource Management Working Group
  • EOC Working Group

Sector Specific Implementation

While IMS is a standardized approach to emergency management, it is recognized that many emergency sectors have unique needs. To support sector-specific IMS implementation, a number of IMS Sector Working Groups have been developed:

  • Emergency Medical Services Sector Working Group, Chaired by Association of Municipal Emergency Medical Services of Ontario (AMEMSO)
  • Health Sector Working Group, Chaired by Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
  • Fire Sector Working Group, Chaired by Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC)
  • Police Sector Working Group, Chaired by Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP)

Additional IMS Sector Working Groups are planned for the future.