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BILL NO. 95

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
68 Elizabeth II, 2019

 

Government Bill

 

Emergency "911" Act
(amended)

 

The Honourable Chuck Porter
Minister of Municipal Affairs



First Reading: March 5, 2019

(Explanatory Notes)

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

Explanatory Notes

Clause 1 expands the purpose of the Act to include the coordination of emergency services as well as the reporting of emergencies.

Clause 2 changes the definition of "Minister" from the Minister of Justice to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, adds a definition of "NS 911 service" and replaces the definition of "system".

Clause 3 expands the responsibilities of the Minister of Justice to include responsibility for the NS 911 Service and corrects a typographical error.

Clause 4 allows the Governor in Council to make regulations respecting fees and cost-recovery in connection with an NS 911 service.

Clause 5 provides that this Act applies retroactively to February 2, 2001.

An Act to Amend Chapter 4
of the Acts of 1992,
the Emergency "911" Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Section 2 of Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1992, the Emergency "911" Act, is amended by adding "for the coordination of emergency services and" immediately after "system" in the third line.

2 Section 3 of Chapter 4, as amended by Chapter 38 of the Acts of 1994, Chapter 10 of the Acts of 1999 (Second Session) and Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2011, is further amended by

(a) striking out clause (g) and substituting the following clauses:

    (g) "Minister" means the Minister of Municipal Affairs;

    (ga) "NS 911 service" means a Province-wide system for the coordination of emergency services, including emergency preparedness activities and the reporting of emergencies to emergency service agencies through a public safety answering point;

and

(b) striking out clause (l) and substituting the following clause:

    (l) "system" means a Province-wide system for the coordination of emergency services, including

      (i) an emergency telephone system for the reporting of emergencies to emergency service agencies that automatically connects a person dialing the digits 911 to a public safety answering point through telephone network facilities, and

      (ii) other emergency preparedness activities.

3 Section 5 of Chapter 4, as amended by Chapter 10 of the Acts of 1999 (Second Session), is further amended by

(a) striking out "and implementation in a reasonable and timely manner of a Province-wide "911" emergency telephone system" in the second and third lines and substituting ", establishment and implementation of an NS 911 service"; and

(b) striking out "municiaplity" in the second line of clause (a) and substituting "municipality".

4 (1) Clause 14(1)(ea) of Chapter 4 is repealed and the following clause substituted:

    (ea) respecting any matter necessary or advisable for the establishment of fees to support the development, establishment, implementation and maintenance of an NS 911 service and to recover costs for any services or materials provided in relation to the administration of this Act or the regulations;

(2) Section 14 of Chapter 4, as amended by Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2000, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (1) the following subsection:

    (1A) A regulation made under clause (1)(ea) may be made retroactive to February 2, 2001.

5 This Act has effect on and after February 2, 2001.

 


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