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.