As a federation, Canada must advance “national” programs, products and services that are governed by federal, provincial and territorial officials, and sometimes others. With fourteen or more governing organizations, ownership, oversight and funding challenges are often difficult to overcome. National not-for-profit corporations have proven successful in some sectors; including health and wildfire.
In September 2014, members of the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (CCFMFC) committed to the establishment of the Canadian Public Safety Operations Organization (CanOps) to support a growing list of national public safety capabilities without a home, or the support they need. CanOps was established shortly thereafter.
CanOps can offer a selection of operational support services to national programs, products and services, including committee/community web presence, document and communications capabilities, system administration, education and training. Where necessary, CanOps may also provide governance.
CanOps is a national not-for-profit corporation, registered with Corporations Canada. The corporation has a Governing membership class that presents senior officials with the opportunity to steer the organization without having to become a Director.
Programs, products and services are being made available to members only.
CanOps primary source of funding is to come from membership dues and service fees, so that CanOps can operate without dependency the budgets of a few. Sponsorship, advertising, and project funding will also be utilized.
Near term priorities
CanOps has recently entered into a services agreement for the Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS). Delivering services to the requirements of that agreement, and advancing CanOps governance, are the near term priorities.
For more information, email info@CanOps.org.