Mass Evacuations

We are pleased to share that the Government of Canada’s Accessibility Standards Canada (ASC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have recently awarded funding to the MacEachen Institute to study mass evacuations.

People who are responsible for mass evacuations during natural disasters are confronted with significant challenges: they must allocate and coordinate limited resources in a dynamic context, often in degraded conditions, and their decisions are consequential, time-constrained and often irreversible. 

In addition, persons with disabilities have unique considerations when it comes to evacuation. There are many access and functional needs to consider, particularly relating to communication methods, transportation, sheltering, access to assistive devices, emergency social services, and transition back to the community. 

The increasing frequency with which mass evacuation occurs and the human, financial and environmental costs associated with it suggest that this field requires more urgent attention.  

Research Projects:

Check back to this webpage as we share updates from these ongoing research projects.


Government of Canada

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's (Accessibility Standards Canada) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 

“The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.”