WPS Priority Levels

Priority Level 1

Executive leadership and decision makers

Examples include:

  • Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, DND leaders (military), and their senior staff, Public Safety Canada
  • Provincial/territorial premiers, cabinet-level officials responsible for public safety and health, and their senior support staff
  • Mayors and their senior support staff
  • Ministers, deputy ministers of lead departments, priority dependent upon their safety/security responsibilities and/or whether they have safety/security responsibilities via committees
  • Wireless service provider technicians essential to restoring the wireless priority service

Priority Level 2

Disaster Response/Military Command and Control

Personnel key to managing the initial response to an emergency at the local, provincial, territorial, regional or federal level and those responsible for ensuring the viability or reconstruction of the basic infrastructure in an emergency area.

Examples include:

  • Federal, provincial, territorial and local emergency operations centre coordinators (i.e. operation centres, emergency telecom personnel)
  • EMO directors, federal and provincial, territorial damage assessment team leaders
  • Federal, provincial, territorial and local personnel essential to continuity of government and/or national security functions
  • Incident command centre managers, local emergency managers
  • Federal personnel with intelligence and diplomatic responsibilities (i.e. Global Affairs Canada)

Priority Level 3

Public Health and Safety and Law Enforcement Command

Individuals who direct operations critical to life, property, and maintenance of law and order immediately following an event.

Examples include:

  • RCMP (federal law enforcement command)
  • Provincial/territorial police leadership
  • Local fire and law enforcement command
  • Emergency medical service leaders
  • Search and Rescue team leaders
  • Emergency communications coordinators

Priority Level 4

Public Service/Utilities and Public Welfare

Users whose responsibilities include managing public works and utility infrastructure damage assessment and restoration efforts and transportation to accomplish emergency response activities.

Examples include:

  • Power, water and sewage and telecommunications utilities
  • Transportation leadership
  • Financial and energy sectors

Priority Level 5

Disaster Recovery

Individuals responsible for managing a variety of recovery operations after the initial response has been accomplished. These functions may include managing medical resources such as supplies, personnel, or patients in medical facilities. Coordination to establish and stock shelters, to obtain detailed damage assessments, or to support key disaster field officer personnel.

Examples include:

  • Medical recovery operations leadership
  • Detailed damage assessment leadership
  • Disaster shelter coordination and management
  • Critical disaster field office support personnel
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