Royal Canadian Mounted Police

RCMP response to the Mass Casualty Commission

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The information on and linked from this webpage references the mass casualty that occurred in Nova Scotia in April 2020. This information may be disturbing or upsetting to some audiences.

On April 18 and 19, 2020, the lives of 22 people were taken and three others were injured in several communities across Nova Scotia. What took place was unimaginable and will have a lasting impact on the victims and their families, the citizens of Nova Scotia and all Canadians.

The Mass Casualty Commission was struck to examine the incident, and make meaningful recommendations to make communities safer in the future. Its Final Report outlines 130 recommendations. This includes 33 recommendations that are under the direct control of the RCMP, and another 55 recommendations where the RCMP is contributing to the work. These recommendations call for significant changes to how Canadians approach community safety and policing across the country.

We are taking a holistic, organization-wide approach to respond to the report and implement its recommendations. We have committed to improving our police services to enhance the safety of Nova Scotians and all Canadians. Getting this right will take time, but we will keep you updated on our progress.

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Addressing the recommendations

We are making changes in response to the Mass Casualty Commission Final Report. Learn more on our progress to date.

Changes following April 2020

We started making improvements immediately after the mass casualty event. Learn about the changes we have made to improve operations, support victims and survivors, and make communities safer.

Mass Casualty Commission Final Report – Turning the Tide Together

Read the findings and recommendations following a thorough review of the April 2020 mass casualty.

Taking action: The RCMP's strategy for implementing the Mass Casua…

Read about our approach to addressing the recommendations, including the key themes that guide us, and consult our action plan.

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