Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure
Whereas, pursuant to subsections 10(3) of the Broadcasting ActFootnote a and 69(1) of the Telecommunications ActFootnote b, a copy of the proposed Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure, substantially in the annexed form, was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on July 31, 2010, and a reasonable opportunity was thereby given to licensees and other interested persons to make representations to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission with respect to the proposed Rules;
Therefore, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, pursuant to sections 10 and 21 of the Broadcasting ActFootnote a and sections 57 and 67 of the Telecommunications ActFootnote b, hereby makes the annexed Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure.
Gatineau, Quebec, November 26, 2010
1 The following definitions apply in these Rules.
document has the meaning assigned by the definition record in section 3 of the Access to Information Act. (document)
party means an applicant, respondent or intervener. (partie)
person has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Telecommunications Act. (personne)
respondent means a person that is adverse in interest to an applicant. (intimé)
2 (1) Except if they provide otherwise, these Rules apply to all proceedings before the Commission other than a proceeding arising from an application listed in Schedule 1 or from a contravention of a prohibition or requirement of the Commission for which a person is liable to an administrative monetary penalty under any of sections 72.001 to 72.19 of the Telecommunications Act, unless the penalty is imposed in the course of a proceeding referred to in section 72.003 of that Act.
(2) These Rules do not apply to proceedings before the Commission under sections 6 to 46 of An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act.
- SOR/2015-215, s. 1.
Matters Before the Commission
Marginal note:How matters are brought before Commission
3 A matter may be brought before the Commission by an application or complaint or on the Commission’s own initiative.
Note: Under section 12 of the Telecommunications Act, the Governor in Council may refer back to the Commission for reconsideration a decision by the Commission, and under section 14, it may require the Commission to make a report on any matter within the Commission’s jurisdiction under that Act or any special Act. Under section 15 of the Broadcasting Act, the Governor in Council may request the Commission to hold hearings or make reports on any matter within the jurisdiction of the Commission under that Act, and under section 28, the Governor in Council may refer back to the Commission for reconsideration and hearing of the matter a decision by the Commission to issue, amend or renew a licence.
PART 1Rules Applicable to Broadcasting and Telecommunications
4 Sections 30 to 32, subsection 33(4) and section34 apply to a proceeding arising from an application listed in Schedule 1.
Powers of the Commission
Marginal note:Power to act
Marginal note:Matters not provided for
(2) The Commission may provide for any matter of practice and procedure not provided for in these Rules by analogy to these Rules or by reference to the Federal Courts Rules and the rules of other tribunals to which the subject matter of the proceeding most closely relates.
Marginal note:Information bulletins
6 The Commission may issue information bulletins regarding matters within its jurisdiction, including
(a) the application of these Rules and the Commission’s regulatory policies and decisions; and
(b) the format and numbering of documents to be filed with the Commission, the software to be used to file them and the procedure for their filing.
Marginal note:Dispensing with or varying Rules
7 If the Commission is of the opinion that considerations of public interest or fairness permit, it may dispense with or vary these Rules.
Marginal note:Return of application or complaint
8 If an application or complaint does not comply with a requirement of these Rules, the Commission may return the application or the complaint to the applicant or the complainant so that the deficiencies may be remedied or it may close the file.
Marginal note:Defect in form
9 The Commission must not dismiss an application or complaint by reason solely of a defect in form.
Marginal note:Other powers
10 The Commission may
(a) if it is of the opinion that the circumstances or considerations of fairness permit, adjourn a proceeding;
(b) if it is of the opinion that the circumstances or considerations of fairness permit, combine two or more proceedings;
(c) decide whether to admit a document as evidence;
(d) order to be amended or struck out a document or part of a document that, in its opinion, might prejudice a party or delay the hearing of the matter on the merits;
(e) provide an opportunity for the parties to make written or oral representations; and
(f) in the event of a reference to the Federal Court, stay the whole or any part of a proceeding pending the decision of the Court.
11 In broadcasting matters, the Commission may approve the whole or any part of an application or grant any relief in addition to or in substitution for the relief applied for.
Note: Section 60 of the Telecommunications Act provides in part for the same rule in relation to telecommunications matters.
Marginal note:Computation of time
12 (1) Sections 26 to 29 of the Interpretation Act apply to the computation of a time period set out in these Rules or a decision, notice of consultation, regulatory policy or information bulletin, except that
(a) Saturday is considered to be a holiday;
(b) a time period for the filing of a document with the Commission ends at 5:00 p.m., Vancouver time; and
(c) the period beginning on December 21 in one year and ending on January 7 in the following year must not be included in the computation of a time period.
Marginal note:Calendar days
(2) A time period is computed in calendar days.
Filing and Service of Documents
Marginal note:Filing of documents
(a) in the case of an application, by sending the document to the Office of the Secretary General by any electronic means that permits its intelligible reception, as set out in Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-453, as amended from time to time; and
(b) in the case of any other document, by delivering it by hand to the Office of the Secretary General, or sending it to the Office by mail or any electronic means that permits its intelligible reception.
Marginal note:Filing at public hearing
(2) When a public hearing of the Commission is in progress, a document may also be filed with the Commission by delivering the document by hand to the secretary of the hearing.
Marginal note:Record of transmission
(3) If a document is sent by electronic means, the sender must keep proof of the sending and the receipt of the document for 180 days after the day on which it is filed.
Marginal note:Alternative format
14 (1) A person with a disability or their designated representative may request that a party whose document has been posted on the Commission’s website file the document with the Commission in the alternative format specified by the person or representative. The request must be served on the party within five days after the day on which the document was posted.
Marginal note:Response to request
(2) Within five days after the day on which a party was served with the request, the party must file with the Commission and serve on the person or representative
(3) Within five days after the day on which the person or representative was served with the document or the reasons, they may file a reply with the Commission.
Marginal note:Request of Commission
(4) Failing an agreement between the person or representative and the party, the Commission may request the party to file the document with the Commission in the alternative format specified by the Commission and serve it on the person or representative.
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