Manitoba First in Canada to Debut Province-Wide Text with 9-1-1

MTS has announced increased accessibility with the launch of its wireless Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) service, to assist members of the deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech impaired (DHHSI) community to reach emergency services.

“MTS is proud to offer Text with 9-1-1 across Manitoba,” said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. “We encourage all members of the DHSSI community to register their wireless devices so they can access this important service.”

Although other Canadian cities offer T9-1-1, Manitoba is the only province so far to have the service available province-wide.

The service utilizes Enhanced 9-1-1, which provides emergency responders with the caller’s wireless phone number and location of the nearest cell tower handling the call. In order for it to work users must be in areas where there is wireless coverage.

Earlier this year the CWTA announced the industry was ready to implement T9-1-1 and it looks like MTS has been first to get it setup and working out of the gate for the entire province.