The British Columbia government will conduct an independent review of its operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help it prepare and respond to emergencies.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has appointed a three-person team including two former deputy ministers and a public policy consultant to do the review.

A news release from the ministry says the team’s consultations will include government agencies, First Nations, independent regulators and others to determine what worked and what can be improved.

It is also accepting written feedback from residents until April 20 about how they or their business have been affected by measures taken by the province and its communication during the pandemic.

The ministry says the scope of the review does not include an assessment of public policy, provincial health or economic recovery decisions, but it will look at how those choices were made.

The report is expected by the fall.

The team conducting the review consists of Bob de Faye, Dan Perrin and Chris Trumpy. Trumpy and de Faye are former deputy ministers, while Perrin also worked in the public service before founding Perrin, Thorau and Associates Ltd. in 1994.