Wireless Public Alerting (WPA)


Alert Ready is a service designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving emergency alert messages to Canadians. 

The Alert Ready system was developed in partnership with federal, provincial, and territorial emergency management officials, Pelmorex Corp., the broadcast industry, and wireless service providers to ensure you receive emergency alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep you and your family safe. 

Beginning in April 2018, all wireless service providers will have the capability to distribute emergency alerts received from alerting authorities directly to consumers' WPA-compatible wireless devices using Cell Broadcast distribution. 

Wireless service providers will only receive and relay messages that are issued for threat-to-life situations

Emergency alerts intended for wireless devices are issued to a defined geographic area, which can be as small as a few city blocks, so that only people in the defined area receive the emergency alerts. The defined area is selected by the alerting authorities. Compatible wireless devices in the targeted area will receive the emergency alerts within seconds of alert issuance, provided the phones are powered on and connected to the LTE cellular network. 

You cannot opt out of receiving threat-to-life emergency alerts. 

Emergency alerts begin with a distinct sound, known as the Canadian Alert Attention Signal. Emergency alerts sent to compatible wireless devices may also cause the phone to vibrate. 

On compatible wireless devices, the emergency alert will display an "EMERGENCY ALERT/ALERTE D'URGENCE" banner, followed by text that describes the situation and provides instructions on what actions to take and where to find more information. At the top of each emergency alert, the issuing government agency will be clearly indicated. 

If you are a person with a sight, or hearing disability: Alternate formats can be issued, but not every alerting authority or every device will have the capacity to produce alternate formats. For emergency alerts distributed via compatible wireless devices, emergency alerts may be read to the recipient if their device supports this accessibility feature. The vibration feature that accompanies emergency alerts sent to compatible wireless devices will help to make hearing impaired people aware of the alerts.

Test Schedule

Province/TerritoryTesting DateLocal Testing TimeTimezone code
AlbertaWednesday, May 5, 2021 CANCELLED1:55 PMMST
British ColumbiaWednesday, May 5, 20211:55 PMPST
ManitobaWednesday, May 5, 20211:55 PMCST
New BrunswickWednesday, May 5, 202110:55 AMAST
Newfoundland & LabradorWednesday, May 5, 202110:55 AMNST
Northwest TerritoriesWednesday, May 5, 2021 CANCELLED1:55 AMMST
Nova ScotiaWednesday, May 5, 2021 CANCELLED1:55 PMAST
NunavutWednesday, November 25, 20202:00 PMEST
OntarioWednesday, November 25, 2020 12:55 PMEST
Prince Edward IslandWednesday, May 5, 202112:55 PMAST
Quebec (*To be confirmed*)Wednesday, November 25, 20201:55 PMEST
SaskatchewanWednesday, May 5, 20211:55 PMCST
YukonWednesday, May 5, 20211:55 PMPST

WPA Compatible Wireless Devices

Alcatel

GoFlip (A405DL)

Pixi 5 (U50)

Alcatel 1X (5007O)

Alcatel 1B (5002S)

Alcatel 3V 2019 (50320)

Apple

iPhone 5S (A1533)

iPhone 6 (A1549)

iPhone 6 plus (A1522)

iPhone 6S (A1688)

iPhone 6S plus (A1687)

iPhone 7 (A1778)

iPhone 7 Plus (A1784)

iPhone 8 (A1905)

iPhone 8 Plus (A1897)

iPhone SE (A1723)

iPhone X (A1901)

iPhone XR (A1984)

iPhone XS (A1920)

iPhone XS Max (A1921)

iPhone11 (A2111)

iPhone11 Pro (A2160)

iPhone11 Pro Max (A2161)

iPhone SE 2020 (A2275)

Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (A1860/A1861)

Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular (A1977/A1978)

Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular (A2094/A2095)

iPhone 12 Mini (A2398)

iPhone 12 (A2402)

iPhone 12 Pro (A2406)

iPhone 12 Pro Max (A2410)

Blackberry

DTEK50 (STH-100-1)

Google

Pixel 2 (G011A)

Pixel 3 (G013A)

Pixel 3 XL (G013C)

Pixel 3a (G020G)

Pixel 4 (G020I)

Pixel 4 XL (G020J)

Pixel 4a (G025J)

Pixel 4a 5G (G025E)

Pixel 5 (GTT9Q)

Huawei

Mate 20 Pro (LYA-L0C)

Nexus 6P (H1511)

P30 Lite (MAR-LX3A)

LG

G8X (LM-G850UM)

G6 (H873)

G8 (LM-G820UM)

Q6 (M703)

Stylo 3 Plus (M470)

G5 (H831)

G7 (G710AWM)

K30 (LM-X320WM)

Nexus 5 (D820)

Nexus 5X (H790)

Q Stylo + (LM-Q710WA)

Q60 (LM-X525WA)

V30 (H933)

X power 2 (M320G)

X power 3 (LM-X510WM)

LG Velvet 5G (LM-G900UM2)

LG K61 (LM-Q630UM)

Motorola

Moto One 5G Ace (XT2113-2)

Moto E (XT2052-1)

Moto edge+ (XT2061-3)

Moto g POWER (XT2041-4)

RAZR 2019 (XT2000-1)

Moto One Action (XT2013-4)

e6 (XT2005-5)

G7 Power (XT1955-5)

Moto E 2nd Gen (XT1527)

Moto E4 (XT1768)

Moto E5 Play (XT1921-1)

Moto G 3rd Gen (XT1540)

Moto G Plus (XT1641)

Moto G4 Play (XT1601)

Moto G6 Play (XT1922-9)

Moto X Play (XT1563)

Moto X+1 (XT1097)

Moto Z (XT1650-03)

Moto Z2 Play (XT1710-01)

Nexus 6 (XT1103)

Samsung

Galaxy A10e (SM-A102W)

Galaxy A20 (SM-A205W)

Galaxy A5 (SM-A520W)

Galaxy A50 (SM-A505W)

Galaxy A70 (SM-A705W)

Galaxy A8 (SM-A530W)

Galaxy J3 (SM-J320W8)

Galaxy J3 2018 (SM-J337W)

Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970W)

Galaxy Note 10+ (SM-N975W)

Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920W)

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950W)

Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960W)

Galaxy S10 (SM-G973W)

Galaxy S10+ (SM-G975W)

Galaxy S10e (SM-G970W)

Galaxy S6 (SM-G920W8)

Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925W8)

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (SM-G928W8)

Galaxy S7 (SM-G930W8)

Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935W8)

Galaxy S8 (SM-G950W)

Galaxy S8+ (SM-G955W)

Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)

Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965W)

Galaxy Xcover4 (SM-G390W)

Tab A 8 (SM-T387W)

Galaxy A52 5G SM-A526W

Galaxy A32 5G SM-A326W

S21 5G (SM-G991W)

S21+ 5G (SM-G996W)

S21 Ultra 5G (SM-G998W)

S20 FE (SM-G781W)

Galaxy Tab A 8.4 LTE (SM-T307U)

Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986W)

Z Flip 5G (SM-F707W)

A11 (SM-A115W)

A21 (SM-A215W)

A51 (SM-A515W)

A71 (SM-A715W)

Z Flip (SM-F700W/DS)

S20 (SM-G981W)

S20+ (SM-G986W)

S20 Ultra (SM-G988W)

Sony

Xperia X (F5121)

Xperia XA1 SM11 (G3123)

Xperia XA1 Ultra (G3223)

Xperia XA2 SM12 (H3123)

Xperia XZ1 (G8343)

Xperia XZ2 (H8276)

Xperia XA2 Ultra (H3223)

ZTE

ZTE Grand X View 4 (K87CA)

ZTE Blade A3 (Z3352CA)

ZTE Cymbal 2 (Z2335)

ZTE Grand X 4 (Z957)

ZTE ZFive2 (Z836F)

ZTE Z557 (Z557)

Z828 (Z828)

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