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

Act current to 2015-02-04 and last amended on 2014-12-16. Previous Versions

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;

“jammer”

« brouilleur »

“jammer” means any device or combination of devices that transmits, emits or radiates electromagnetic energy and that is designed to cause, causes or is capable of causing interference or obstruction to radiocommunication, other than a device or combination of devices for which standards have been established under paragraph 5(1)(d) or 6(1)(a) or for which a radio authorization has been issued.

“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”

Version anglaise seulement

“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;
  • 2014, c. 39, s. 174.