Radiocommunication Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. R-2)

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Radiocommunication Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. R-2

An Act respecting radiocommunication in Canada

SHORT TITLE

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Radiocommunication Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. R-2, s. 1;
  • 1989, c. 17, s. 2.

INTERPRETATION

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

“broadcasting”

« radiodiffusion »

“broadcasting” means any radiocommunication in which the transmissions are intended for direct reception by the general public;

“broadcasting certificate”

« certificat de radiodiffusion »

“broadcasting certificate” means a certificate issued by the Minister under subparagraph 5(1)(a)(ii);

“broadcasting undertaking”

« entreprise de radiodiffusion »

“broadcasting undertaking” includes any distribution undertaking, programming undertaking and network operation to which the Broadcasting Act applies;

“distribution undertaking”

« entreprise de distribution »

“distribution undertaking” has the same meaning as in the Broadcasting Act;

“encrypted”

« encodage »

“encrypted” means treated electronically or otherwise for the purpose of preventing intelligible reception;

“harmful interference”

« brouillage préjudiciable »

“harmful interference” means an adverse effect of electromagnetic energy from any emission, radiation or induction that

  • (a) endangers the use or functioning of a safety-related radiocommunication system, or

  • (b) significantly degrades or obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts, the use or functioning of radio apparatus or radio-sensitive equipment;

“interference-causing equipment”

« matériel brouilleur »

“interference-causing equipment” means any device, machinery or equipment, other than radio apparatus, that causes or is capable of causing interference to radiocommunication;

“lawful distributor”

« distributeur légitime »

“lawful distributor”, in relation to an encrypted subscription programming signal or encrypted network feed, means a person who has the lawful right in Canada to transmit it and authorize its decoding;

“Minister”

« ministre »

“Minister” means the Minister of Industry;

“network”

« réseau »

“network” has the same meaning as in the Broadcasting Act;

“network feed”

« alimentation réseau »

“network feed” means any radiocommunication that is transmitted

  • (a) by a network operation to its affiliates,

  • (b) to a network operation for retransmission by it to its affiliates, or

  • (c) by a lawful distributor to a programming undertaking;

“operator”

“operator”[Repealed, 1989, c. 17, s. 3]

“prescribed”

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“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations;

“programming undertaking”

« entreprise de programmation »

“programming undertaking” has the same meaning as in the Broadcasting Act;

“public”

« public »

“public” includes persons who occupy apartments, hotel rooms or dwelling units situated in multi-unit buildings;

“public switched telephone network”

« réseau téléphonique public commuté »

“public switched telephone network” means a telecommunication facility the primary purpose of which is to provide a land line-based telephone service to the public for compensation;

“radio apparatus”

« appareil radio »

“radio apparatus” means a device or combination of devices intended for, or capable of being used for, radiocommunication;

“radio authorization”

« autorisation de radiocommunication »

“radio authorization” means a licence, certificate or authorization issued by the Minister under paragraph 5(1)(a);

“radio-based telephone communication”

« communication radiotéléphonique »

“radio-based telephone communication” means any radiocommunication that is made over apparatus that is used primarily for connection to a public switched telephone network;

“radiocommunication” or “radio”

« radiocommunication » ou « radio »

“radiocommunication” or “radio” means any transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds or intelligence of any nature by means of electromagnetic waves of frequencies lower than 3 000 GHz propagated in space without artificial guide;

“radio licence”

« licence radio »

“radio licence” means a licence issued by the Minister under subparagraph 5(1)(a)(i);

“radio operator certificate”

« certificat d’opérateur radio »

“radio operator certificate” means a certificate issued by the Minister under subparagraph 5(1)(a)(iii);

“radio-sensitive equipment”

« matériel radiosensible »

“radio-sensitive equipment” means any device, machinery or equipment, other than radio apparatus, the use or functioning of which is or can be adversely affected by radiocommunication emissions;

“radio station” or “station”

« station de radiocommunication » ou « station »

“radio station” or “station” means a place in which radio apparatus is located;

“spectrum licence”

« licence de spectre »

“spectrum licence” means a licence issued by the Minister under subparagraph 5(1)(a)(i.1);

“subscription programming signal”

« signal d’abonnement »

“subscription programming signal” means radiocommunication that is intended for reception either directly or indirectly by the public in Canada or elsewhere on payment of a subscription fee or other charge;

“technical acceptance certificate”

« certificat d’approbation technique »

“technical acceptance certificate” means a certificate issued by the Minister under subparagraph 5(1)(a)(iv).

“telecommunication”

“telecommunication”[Repealed, 1993, c. 38, s. 91]

  • R.S., 1985, c. R-2, s. 2;
  • 1989, c. 17, s. 3;
  • 1991, c. 11, s. 81;
  • 1993, c. 38, s. 91, c. 40, s. 23;
  • 1995, c. 1, s. 62;
  • 1996, c. 18, s. 60.