Canadian Prime Minister Jean ChrÃ©tien announced the development
of this agency on February 5, 2001. It took over the functions of the former
Emergency Preparedness Canada, and its role was to protect CanadaÂ’s critical
infrastructures from disruption or complete failure in order to assure the
health, safety, and economic well-being of Canadians. A prolonged disruption or
failure in one utility contributing to the infrastructure could produce
cascading disruptions or failures across a number of other infrastructures,
with major economic and social repercussions for Canadians.
In December 2003, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin said
that OCIPEP would be integrated into a new department known as Public Safety
and Emergency Preparedness Canada (known as PSEPC). The first Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness appointed by
the Prime Minister was Anne McLellan.
Critical Infrastructures; Critical Networks; Cyber Apocalypse.
OCIPEP. OCIPEP: Who We Are. [Online, May 11, 2004.] OCIPEP Website.