Here is what findlaw.com says about a state of emergency:
In 2007, the federal government passed the Emergency Management Act to help speed up and optimize a disaster response.
In addition to providing emergency funds, the act allows authorities to prohibit or restrict travel, order evacuations, enter any buildings without a warrant, and regulate the distribution of essential goods and services. However, in Canada, the federal government cannot get involved unless “the province requests assistance or there is an agreement with the province that requires or permits the assistance.”
Another interesting aspect of the EMA is it allows citizens to be conscripted to help, much like when people are drafted to serve in a war. This may impact businesses, as they have critical employees such as emergency workers or snowplow drivers enlisted to help elsewhere. Non-compliance can be costly, with fines up to $100,000 for corporations and up to $10,000 for individuals; a jail term up to six months is another penalty.
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