Higher Education


Emergency management is a rapidly expanding field and numerous post-secondary emergency management programs have developed in recent years in support of this growth. A number of the post-secondary programs listed below include content from EMO courses in part or in whole. EMO is committed to supporting the relevant emergency management training programs across the province; however we do not endorse any particular program.

Algonquin College

Emergency Management – Ontario College Graduate Certificate(Online)

Recent events, such as terrorist attacks, major weather fluctuations, widespread power outages, and the impending threat of pandemic influenza emphasize the importance of having an emergency management plan. This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program equips students, both tactically and strategically, to understand and respond to the four domains of emergency management: mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The curriculum covers key topics: legislative and policy framework, emergency management site operations, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) countermeasures, critical infrastructure protection, business continuity planning, and crisis communication.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within seven years.

Centennial College

Emergency Management and Public Safety Institute (EMPSI)

Durham College

Emergency Management Post Graduate Certificate
(One year Post Graduate Certificate – modified delivery)

Students learn the essentials of emergency management practice, including hazard identification and risk assessment, the characteristics of various hazards, the creation of Community Emergency Response Plans, the design and creation of Emergency Operations Centers, adult education methods for training municipal staff and the general public, the creation and staging of emergency training exercises, the technologies used by communities to respond to a disaster, and techniques used to help the community, the population, and community businesses to recovery from the effects of a disaster.

Fanshawe College

Emergency Management Graduate Certificate
(24 weeks Graduate Certificate – Online, Full time)

This program reflects the work that emergency managers must be able to perform on a regular basis within the framework of appropriate emergency management legislation. This program will equip emergency managers with the necessary skills to address key areas of emergency management from disaster preparedness, coordination and management of emergency events escalating through to catastrophes, to hazards, risk assessment, terrorism, mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

This program is delivered in a blended in-class/online delivery format. It is suitable for students who can commit one day per week in-class and who are also self-motivated to complete the extensive on-line learning that is required.

Fleming College

Emergency Management Post Graduate Certificate Program
(2 semester Post Graduate Certificate - Full time)

This 627-hour full time in class program is for graduates of college and university programs, and also has an entry path for mature, experienced students. The Emergency Management/Business Continuity program provides students knowledge in this growing field of emergency management and business continuity. This post grad 15-course curriculum addresses a shortage of formalized training in this fast-paced field. The Fleming EMP program contains new aspects of the EM doctrine and Canadian Standard Z1600 with increased focus on business continuity accreditation with DRI Canada. Practicum experiences with government and private entities in both emergency management and business continuity projects provide an EMBC work ready graduate.

George Brown College

School of Emergency Management

(In-class, online, part time and compressed deliveries)

Offering 12 certificates, the School of Emergency Management covers critical elements of disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, consequence management, response and recovery. Each certificate is sector- and/or discipline-specific in its focus. George Brown College offers certificates in Basic Emergency Management (BEM), Advanced Risk Communications in Disaster Management, Incident Command Management (IMS-200), Emergency Exercise Design, Leadership in Public Service, and Public Health Emergency Management. The school’s foundation certificate, Emergency Management, offers a solid grounding in the key concepts and theories of the emergency management field.

A focus on consequence management and interoperability is highlighted by blended learning solutions that provide multi-agency emergency preparedness training to individuals and organizations using immersive simulation. The school’s state-of-the-art simulation provides experiential learning, which is shown to be an effective model for adult education.

Humber College

Emergency Management Certificate

This part-time graduate certificate program will prepare graduates for a position in the public or private sectors as an emergency manager or a member of a team engaged in activities in the area of emergency management. It will cover the five phases of emergency planning: prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Students will learn to develop comprehensive and coordinated efforts in response to a wide range of emergencies from pandemics to terrorist attacks to natural and man-made disasters. Courses include Introduction to Emergency Management, Legal and Ethical Basis for Emergency Management, Risk Assessment and Risk Management, Incident Management System, Crisis Communication and Information Management, Business Continuity Management, Psychological and Sociological Dimensions of Disaster, Project Management, Public Policy and Administration, Evolution of Terrorism and Emergency Management, and Research and Analysis Methods in Emergency Management.

 Ryerson University - Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management

The Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management is designed to prepare participants to act as members of a team involved in, planning for, and dealing with emergency and disaster incidents. Learners will be instructed on the phases of disaster management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The fundamental goal of this certificate is to introduce participants to best practices including risk assessment and risk mitigation, pre- and post-disaster planning, including business contingency planning, effective communication guidelines, pre- and post-disaster mitigation and on-the-ground operations, including search, rescue, response, and recovery.

This certificate, offered both in class and online, is designed for individuals seeking professional development in emergency and disaster management. With the increasing number of natural disasters and emergencies around the world, graduates will be equipped with the functional knowledge and competency-based skills sets required to effectively manage a crisis.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/disaster.

Professional Development Award: Survival in Urban Disasters and Emergencies (Available) 

Sheridan College

Emergency Management Certificate
(One year Post Graduate Certificate - Full time)

A graduate of the Emergency Management Graduate Certificate Program will be able to demonstrate the ability to implement comprehensive plans for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery to deal with actual or potential emergencies and disasters. This program is beneficial for both current practitioners and those new to the field of emergency management. Emergency Management offers a responsive curriculum to prepare those responsible for emergency management in their organizations for this challenging and demanding role.

York University

Undergraduate Emergency Management Certificate and Bachelor Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management

Both of these programs have been designed in close consultation with key professional organizations to address the core skills and knowledge, and the balance between research, theory and practice required in this vitally important field. The certificate program consists of 5 core courses and 3 electives, and can be completed within two terms on a full time basis. The BA degree in this field is the only one in Ontario and is offered in several formats, including general and honours degrees.

For further information please contact:
Emergency Management Area - School of Administrative Studies

Masters of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management
(Masters in Arts 2 years - part time or full time)

York University’s MA in Disaster & Emergency Management is the only graduate program of its kind in Ontario and one of only two in Canada. The program equips students with the skills and competencies required to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from local, national and international disasters and emergencies. Intended for those with an academic background or work experience in the field, the program builds on the foundational knowledge students bring to their studies while helping them to develop the leadership skills and knowledge needed for mid to senior level emergency managers. Opportunities exist for students without a background in Disaster & Emergency Management to acquire this foundational knowledge before beginning the program.