Who We Are

A unique national not-for-profit organization focused on advancing public safety, by providing a consistent framework of operational supports and governance to advance and deliver viable and effective products, programs and services.


The challenges brought forward by fiscal realities continue to push public safety organizations to streamline and increase efficiency in their work, as well as to find new innovative models to meet the needs of Canadians.  In addition, Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) policy makers have increasingly been favouring a reduced government footprint.  This means that everyone is being asked to do more with less.

The CanOps structure, which operates in a virtual capacity and has its foundation in public safety, is well suited to address these challenges.  We are a member-based and broadly representative organization, providing a trusted framework of operational supports and related governance, as well as the capability to provide public assurance without adding or maintaining direct government capacity.   Our not-for-profit status also allows for creative funding solutions without the concern of a privatized profit driven agenda, and opens the possibility of sponsorships, advertising and other options.

Further due to our unique composition and national scope, our governing members are able to make strategic decisions that have a collective impact.  Together our team can streamline and expand funding options, simplify oversight and ownership, improve efficiency, and advance effective technologies, operating models and closer integration across the Canadian public safety system.

Our Future Vision

Leaders in and for integrated public safety solutions and sustainable innovations that serve Canadians from coast to coast to coast.


Our Guiding Values and Supporting Principles

  • For Canadians
  • For PS Professionals
  • For Jurisdictional Authorities
  • Optimal Impact on PS Outcomes for Canada
  • Focus on Solutions
  • Harness the Passion of Innovators
  • Seize on Selective High Value Opportunities
  • Economically Sustainable
  • Integration with Other System Elements
  • Leadership that is By and For the PS System
  • Mobilizing Expertise
  • Engage, Empower & Enable
  • Committed Not-for-Profit Model
  • Investing in Future Solutions, Capacity, Knowledge


CanOps is currently moving forward with several public safety initiatives of various sizes and scope, including the Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS).  As we evolve, we will be looking to bring on additional governing members, and possibly expanding other membership levels as well.



How We Started

The Canadian Public Safety Operations Organization (CanOps) was established on September 30, 2014.  

Its original purpose was to create an operational organization that could manage services on behalf of public safety, and be nimble and responsive to the changing public safety environment.  It quickly became apparent; however, that by bringing dynamic and important programs, projects and/or services under its umbrella to advance public safety in an effective, efficient, and integrated manner, and combining both the policy and technical knowledge required for success; the CanOps organizational structure also had the potential to change the face of emergency management across Canada.