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Toronto city council will request Police Services Board to consider 911 texting

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Toronto is one step closer to becoming the first place in Canada where anyone can text 911 operators instead of calling them.

City council voted Thursday to ask the Toronto Police Services Board to consider allowing 911 texts.

READ MORE: Toronto police warn 911 texting may swamp emergency service with bogus reports

Coun. Norm Kelly, who tabled the motion in council, said in a written statement that he was delighted by the vote’s outcome, adding that it reinforced Toronto as a leader of technological innovation in Canada.

Many parts of Canada, including Toronto and 500 other Ontario communities, offer 911 texting for people with hearing or speech impairments.

READ MORE: Toronto may join growing number of US cities with 911 texting

Nowhere in Canada, however, is 911 texting available to the general population.

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In the United States, more than 650 of the country’s 6,000 emergency call centres accept 911 text messages.

WATCH: Despite a Toronto city councillor’s push to have 911 texting services in place, police say there are many challenges. Cindy Pom reports.

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