Councillor Norm Kelly is calling on the city to request that the Toronto Police Services Board consider adopting 911 texting.
Many parts of Canada, including Toronto and 500 other Ontario communities, offer 911 texting for people with hearing or speech impairments.
However, emergency texting for people without hearing or speech impairment is not available anywhere in Canada.
Kelly said calling 911 would still be the preferred means of communication, “but there could be circumstances where your safety’s at risk, and/or you want to pass on more information than you could in a telephone call, (like) a photograph or video.”
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