Saskatchewan’s 911 fees will be going up next month.
The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency announced Monday that residents will see the fee on their phone bill go up, effective April 7th. This is because the SPSA is seeking to upgrade technology that has been found to be ageing out and also maintain the essential 911 services.
The fees will be going up from 94 cents to $1.88 per month. This is the first time these fees have been adjusted since January 2018.
SPSA President Marlo Pritchard says this increase will make sure residents have access to 911 technology in order to receive police, fire and emergency medical assistance when they need it the most.
In the future, any increases will be indexed to the Consumer Price Index for the province, which the SPSA says is to support the long-term financial sustainability of the system without requiring regulatory changes.
In 2020, 911 received 470,000 calls by the three Sask911 Public Safety Answering Points in the province, SPSA says.