Environmental Emergency (E2) Plans

Environmental Emergency (E2) plans are required by Environment and Climate Change Canada for all industries that have large volumes of hazardous substances produced or stored at their facilities. ERAC can assist Plan Participants in meeting the regulations by developing new E2 plans, reviewing and editing existing E2 plans, and developing or assisting with annual drills and exercises. 

The E2 Regulations apply to any person who owns or has the charge, management or control of a listed substance that:

ERAC can help

For over 30 years, ERAC’s qualified staff has trained, assessed and approved response teams from coast to coast. We are one of the leading organizations in emergency response in Canada.

  1. Join as a Plan Participant - ERAC’s Plan Participants benefit from Canada-wide emergency response, government regulation compliance and ongoing responder training and approval.
  2. Develop your plan - ERAC has full-time staff dedicated to developing or editing Environmental Emergency (E2) plans, including in-house modelling and mapping.
  3. Implement your plan - ERAC responds to emergencies involving stationary tanks on behalf of its Plan Participants. ERAC also assists with the development and execution of mandatory annual drills and exercises.


For more information on E2 plans, please contact Don Merriam, Operations Director, 514-714-1075, or fill out the form below.


When is an E2 plan considered to be implemented?

An E2 plan is considered implemented when it has been written and is operational to the point where the regulatee submitting the notice can expect to successfully deal with all aspects of an environmental emergency.

How often do E2 plans need to be tested?

The E2 Regulations require that you update and test your E2 plan at least once each calendar year. You are required to keep a record of the results of these annual updates and tests with the plan at a location that is readily available to those involved with the response efforts for a period of at least five years beginning on the day the record is made.

Initial testing should include informing those affected that a test is being planned. This warning will enable responders and participants to react in the proper manner through adequate pre-planning. However, once the skills and knowledge have been acquired, the scenario can be tested without participants’ prior knowledge. When designing an exercise, the planners should reinforce any previous training. The test must be simple enough that available resources are adequate, but difficult enough to be challenging. It must also provide maximum lessons learned, including post-exercise evaluation and corrective action, if necessary.

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