Test alert today: all you need to know


Emergency test alert to go nationwide today: Canadians, get ready!

A test alert for the new nationwide public emergency system will take place today.

Remember that for a wireless device to receive the alert, it must be connected to the LTE wireless or newer (5G). It must also be WPA compatible – if any Canadian with such device specifications does not receive the test alert, they should contact their service provider.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has disclosed more regarding the test. Firstly, times will vary depending on the territory. Secondly, the test won’t require for Canadians to take action of any kind. Thirdly, the test is to make sure warnings of life-threatening situations can reach every citizen.

These are the times by province or territory:

  • Alberta: 1:55 p.m. (MT).
  • British Columbia: 1:55 p.m. (PT).
  • Manitoba: 1:55 p.m. (CT).
  • New Brunswick: 10:55 a.m. (AT).
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 10:55 a.m. (NT).
  • Northwest Territories: 9:55 a.m. (MT).
  • Nova Scotia: 1:55 p.m. (AT).
  • Ontario: 12:55 p.m. (ET).
  • Prince Edward Island: 12:55 p.m. (AT).
  • Quebec: 1:55 p.m. (ET).
  • Saskatchewan: 1:55 p.m. (CT).
  • Yukon: 1:55 p.m. (MT).

Moreover, the test will ensure the performance and reliability of the new public emergency system. Nonetheless, as the statement by CRTC reads, the test is ‘to ensure it operates as intended in the event of a life-threatening situation’. Still, ‘The messages will be identified as test alerts and will not require Canadians to take action’, confirms CRTC. In conclusion, Canadians should stay safe and get ready: look for the alert on your favourite device!