Government introduces amendments to the Emergency 911 Act

Changes to the Emergency 911 Act will expand services available during emergencies and severe weather events, which could include things like comfort centres with satellite phones or cell phone charging stations.

The provincial government says the changes will also expand the mandate of the E911 Cost Recovery Fund.

Most provinces in Canada charge telephone subscribers a small monthly fee to maintain and enhance 911 systems, and Nova Scotia began charging a 43 cents per month fee in 2001.

Government says the money is disbursed through the E911 Cost Recovery Fund and does not go into general revenues.

Along with the proposed changes, the Emergency Management Office plans to work with municipalities to identify their emergency preparedness.