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Business continuity planning in a federal government setting is a component of baseline security requirements and forms a process that aims to ensure that critical government services can be continually delivered in the event of a potential disaster, a security incident, a disruption or an emergency. These requirements are contained in the Emergency Management Act (2007) and the Treasury Board Policy on Government Security. Business continuity planning is important in order to provide the "development and timely execution of plans, measures, procedures and arrangements to ensure minimal or no interruption to the availability of critical services and assets"See Footnote 5 should such an eventuality occur. The Treasury Board's Operational Security Standard – Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Program requires departments to implement a Business Continuity Planning Program (BCPP) and to plan for emergencies or disruptions that could affect the delivery of critical government services.

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