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Friday, June 14, 2019

County Council Wants Provincial Help for New 911 Service

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

The current 9-1-1 system is to be decommissioned by June, 2023

The next generation of 911 (NG9-1-1) service will be a reality in the near future and Bruce County's Corporate Services Committee wants the province to show leadership in how to pay for the enhanced service.

Right now, the 9-1-1 service in Bruce County is strictly via phone transmission lines.

County Councillor and Mayor of Saugeen Shores Luke Charbonneau says that will be changing in 2020 with the next generation allowing users to text emergencies or even provide video of an emergency to responders.

Bruce County Director of Corporate Services Bettyanne Cobean says the enhanced service is going to cost taxpayers money.

One estimate says costs could increase by as much as 30%.

Charbonneau says he would like to see the province come forward, "either to provide funding or to provide some tools to raise funding that will allow us (the county) to offset those costs to our budget so we can provide that important service to the county."

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has directed phone and wireless service providers to update their networks to be ready to provide NG9--1-1 services by June, 2020 and text services by December, 2020.

The current 9-1-1 system is to be decommissioned by June, 2023.

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