Emergency Planning and Preparedness
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Emergency Response Plan
The Ministry Emergency Response Plan (MERP) describes how the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) leads or supports the response to an emergency through health system coordination and direction. For the purpose of the MERP, the term emergency refers to any situation or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property and that is caused by the forces of nature, a disease or other health risk, an accident or an act whether intentional or otherwise. This includes declared emergencies under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA)as well as undeclared emergencies. Components of this plan can also be used for emerging, critical health situations that may not meet this definition.