The CVR is activated when the CVMA receives a request from an authorized Requestor.

In the event of a foreign animal disease (FAD) emergency in Canada the request would come from the CFIA. For other types of emergencies in Canada, the request would come from a provincial or territorial government or one of their authorized agencies. Once a request for CVR activation is received by the CVMA, the CVMA initiates its CVR Call Up Process.

Types of Emergencies

Naturally Occurring


  • Epidemics (including foreign animal disease response)
  • Vector infestations (insect)


  • Hurricanes, floods, severe storms, landslides, fires, droughts, avalanches, mudslides, etc.


  • Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions



  • Physical, chemical, radiological, nuclear, etc.

Intentional Acts

  • Warfare
  • Terrorism

Call Up Process Overview

The CVR contacts its Members primarily via e-mail. In an emergency, CVR Members will receive a Call Up Notice from the CVR. These Emergency Notices are designed to inform CVR Members of the emergency situation and what is being requested of the CVR at each point in the process. Each Call Up Notice also includes instructions for CVR Members in terms of what may be requested of them. This is not a confirmation to deploy, this comes at a later time if the member has indicated being available. Being available does not mean that you will deploy, it is just information for the Requestor on who is available.

3 things you need to know:

  • It is critical that all CVR members ensure the CVR has their most up to date e-mail and contact information at all times. Update your information here.
  • Members should also ensure that their e-mail is automatically forwarded to their mobile phone so that urgent CVR communication is received promptly.
  • Communication to CVR Members will come from the e-mail account:

CVR Process Graphic

For more details on remunerations, please refer to the FAQ.

Additional information on the call up process is available by PDF, as well as in the welcome package that was sent to you when you joined the CVR.

Deployment and Serving in an Emergency Response

In the event of a request for the CVR to Deploy to serve in an emergency response there are a number of steps that must be taken to ensure those being deployed are well prepared and well informed. Only CVR members will be called to deployed and will receive a CVR deployment package. This is a set of instructions and information to guide the Reservists in their preparations to deploy and report for duty at the emergency location. In general, deployed CVR members come under the direction of the first responder agency (CFIA for example) once they arrived on site and reported for duty. The first responder agency assumes responsibility for the CVR member (directs their work, provides accommodation and food, etc.) from that point in time until such time as the CVR member returns to their domicile or home base. The first responder agency, usually under the standard Incident Command Structure, will direct the work of deployed CVR members.

Additional information on deployment and being ready to serve in an emergency is available by PDF, as well as in the welcome package that was sent to you when you joined the CVR.

Post Service, Returning Home

The deployed CVR member will receive a Stand Down Notice followed by a set of instructions to enable them to complete the process of ending their active service and returning home. The CVR Stand Down Instructions Package is a set of instructions and information to assist those who have received a Stand Down Notice. Once you have returned home, there will be follow up paperwork to be completed to ensure all things are brought to a close.

Additional information on returning home after serving in an emergency response is available by PDF, as well as in the welcome package that was sent to you when you joined the CVR.