(YELLOWKNIFE) Friday, March 16, 2018 – Members of the Standing Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Mr. Kieron Testart, are pleased to see that the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is moving forward with the Committee’s recommendation to implement a territory-wide 9-1-1 Service without delay.
Yesterday, the Standing Committee heard a public presentation by the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs and the Minister of Health and Social Services outlining the GNWT’s plans to launch 9-1-1 across the Northwest Territories in 2019.
“The Committee believes strongly that the time has come for a 9-1-1 system in the Northwest Territories. Members support the work done by both Ministers to co-locate the 9-1-1 dispatch centre with the GNWT’s Med-Response medevac dispatch system, which will allow both services to benefit from shared administrative efficiencies,” said Mr. Testart.
During the review of the Government’s 2017-2018 Business Plans, the Standing Committee noted its disappointment that the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs did not include funding to establish a 9-1-1 service, despite the fact that the Department had completed significant work to assess the system’s feasibility. At that time the committee urged the Minister to move forward with the implementation of 9-1-1 without delay.
The Standing Committee is also pleased to note that the GNWT has also adopted the Committee’s recommendation to implement a full cost recovery model to fund basic 9-1-1 services. The Committee looks forward to its continued work with both Ministers during the implementation phase of this initiative.
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