Canada's public emergency alert system tests failed in Ontario and Quebec


"The goal of a test alert is to comprehensively verify all system components so that in the case of a real threat to life situation, there is confidence the emergency alerts will be distributed successfully".

Valladao said that in a code sequence that was entered manually by a Pelmorex employee, a space was included incorrectly, which prevented the system from sending the message in Quebec through wireless phones.

"It comes during National Emergency Preparedness Week, the theme of which for 2018 is 'Be Emergency Ready", and Manitoba isn't the only province testing the expanded reach of Alert Ready.

The rest of the country will test the system on Wednesday.

Wednesday's test comes after the system misfired on Monday in Quebec and was a hit and miss in Ontario with some people receiving notifications while others did not.

Depending on the settings, users with compatible devices connected to LTE networks, you'll hear a sound similar to a signal of an ambulance, or will feel the vibration for eight seconds. By noon, some Quebecers had also received a test alert through either The Weather Network or Météomédia apps.

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The alert will also run on TV and radio.

Canadians may be required to acknowledge receipt of the emergency alert in order to allow for their wireless device to resume normal functioning.

Alerts could be broadcast in response to numerous life-threatening matters involving fires, natural disasters and even terrorist threats, and be transmitted via cellphone, television and radio. Well, the tests themselves weren't exactly flawless, as they failed in Quebec and were a mixed bag in Ontario yesterday.

In Canada, warnings about emergencies are not text or SMS messages, and distributed using the so-called technology of cell broadcast.

It will be happening at 1:55 p.m. when school is in session.

Representatives from wireless carriers BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. said they were investigating why some customers did not receive the test alert.