Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Canadian Wheat Board, submitted a letter to the CRTC on September 13, 2011 supporting the CCGA's application for shared use of the 811 dialling code. The letter, posted to the CRTC's Intervener Webpage for our application December 14, 2011, states in part:
“The reasons listed in the CCGA’s submission for shared use of 811 for access to both non-emergency medical services and the Call Before You Dig initiative are self-explanatory, and would clearly benefit all Canadians.”
“…the Government of Canada is making significant efforts to safeguard its critical infrastructure in order to face emergency situations and maintain its capacity to respond to the needs of Canadians. Moving forward with this initiative would certainly be a step in the right direction.”
The CCGA greatly appreciates Minister Ritz's support.