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This guide was made possible by the collective and collaborative efforts of the National Emergency Management Training Committee (NEMTC) Exercise Design Working Group.

The goal of the Working Group was to produce a nationally recognized beginner’s guide to Exercise Design.  This guide introduces you to the principles, concepts, and terminology needed to be a participant in an emergency management exercise program – wherever you are across Canada, and, with few modifications for changes in legislation, etc, anywhere in the world.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their leadership and support in the development of this project: Emergency Management Organizations of Ontario, Manitoba, North West Territories, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Public Safety Canada, National Exercise Division and the Canadian Emergency Management College.

While this guide was prepared for a Canadian audience, it draws upon material from the Exercise Design curriculum and best practices of the International Community. Special mention goes to: UK Resilience, Australia Emergency Management Agency, and US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


  • Date modified: 2017-03-22