What is the amount of the municipal tax for 9-1-1?

Strating August 1st 2016, any telephone service that allows the user to dial 9-1-1 for an emergency service is subject to a monthly tax of $0.46. This tax is applied to each telephone number or, in the case of a multiline telephone service other than a Centrex service, to an outgoing access line. The tax… Read more »

Does the municipal tax for 9-1-1apply to prepaid airtime cards?

Yes. When a client who has purchased a prepaid airtime card is activated, the telephone service provider must then collect the tax when it supplies the service for the first time in a given month. To obtain additional information, clients should contact their service provider.

Is the municipal tax for 9-1-1 applicable to both landline and wireless services?

Yes. The tax is applied monthly to each communication service that allows to reach the 9-1-1. By analogy, the obligation of a customer to pay the tax for each telephone service reflects the same principle as that which applies to automobile registration rights: two cars; two plates.

Since when is the municipal tax for 9-1-1 in place?

Until November 30, 2009, a funding for 9-1-1 emergency centers serving municipalities was provided by a municipal levy of $0.47 per month, which was charged to subscribers on their landline telephone service invoice in some municipalities. However, not all telephone service providers collected this levy. Only those that had concluded agreements for this purpose with… Read more »

How much revenue the municipal tax for 9-1-1 generate and how is it allocated?

The municipal tax for 9-1-1 generated $ 50,6 million in annual revenue during its last year of application (2022). Once deducted from the administrative costs retained by the telephone provider, Revenu Quebec and the Agency, the net amount left over for distribution to the municipalities for 9-1-1 emergency service funding was $ 49.4 million. For… Read more »

Is Québec the only province in Canada where funding for 9-1-1 emergency centres is assumed by telephone service customers?

No. In seven other provinces, a fee or monthly levy is collected from the clients of a telephone service to fund 9-1-1 emergency services: New Brunswick ($0.97), Prince Edward Island ($0.70), Nova Scotia ($0.43), Alberta ($0.95), Saskatchewan ($1.88), Newfoundland and Labrador ($0.75), Northwest Territories ($1.70) and British Columbia (Municipal levy, varying from $0.47 to more)…. Read more »

Locating wireless callers to 9-1-1

The location service enjoyed by the person using the wireless service is, for now, often much less precise than one using conventional wireline. The dispatcher must ask the caller to know the exact location from which comes the call. Contrary to what is described on TV or in the movies, the location of a wireless… Read more »