Radiocommunication Regulations (SOR/96-484)

Regulations are current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

General

  •  (1) The radio licence fee payable in respect of a radio licence that is issued in respect of radio apparatus installed in a station and that authorizes the use of certain frequencies is

    • (a) the annual fee for the period from April 1 to March 31 of the following year, that is payable in advance on March 31 of each year and that is the fee set out in column IV of Parts I to VII of Schedule III;

    • (b) the monthly fee payable for the period during which a radio licence is valid and that is the fee set out in column III of Parts I to VII of Schedule III; or

    • (c) the fee payable for a radio licence with a term of 30 days or less is the monthly fee.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), radio licences expire on March 31 of each year.

  • (3) Radio licences issued for 30 days or less expire on the day indicated on the licence and are not renewable.

  • SOR/2014-34, s. 8.

Radio Licence Fee Exemption for Foreign Governments

 The radio licence fees do not apply in respect of a radio licence issued to a foreign government that grants a reciprocal radio licence fee exemption to Her Majesty in right of Canada.

Telephone Channel Equivalencies

 For the purpose of calculating the radio licence fees payable for a radio licence authorizing operation on certain frequencies for radio apparatus installed in a fixed station or space station referred to in section 61 or 65 or 73,

  • (a) one television channel, including the associated sound channels,

    • (i) where the necessary bandwidth is 6 MHz or less, is equivalent to 300 telephone channels,

    • (ii) where the necessary bandwidth is greater than 6 MHz and less than or equal to 12.7 MHz, is equivalent to 600 telephone channels, and

    • (iii) where the necessary bandwidth is greater than 12.7 MHz, is equivalent to 960 telephone channels;

  • (b) one sound channel is equivalent to three telephone channels; and

  • (c) one digitally modulated channel is equivalent to the number of telephone channels calculated by dividing the modulation bit rate by 64 kilobits per second.

 [Repealed, SOR/2000-78, s. 12]

Mobile Stations

  •  (1) The radio licence fee payable in respect of radio apparatus installed in a mobile station that operates in the aeronautical service or maritime service is the applicable fee set out in item 2 of Part I of Schedule III for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies.

  • (2) The radio licence fee payable in respect of radio apparatus installed in a mobile station that operates in the public information service is the applicable fee set out in item 3 of Part I of Schedule III for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies.

  • (3) The radio licence fee payable in respect of radio apparatus installed in a mobile station that operates in the developmental service or radiodetermination service is the applicable fee set out in item 4 of Part I of Schedule III for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies.

  • (4) The radio licence fee payable in respect of radio apparatus installed in a mobile station that operates in the land mobile service is the applicable fee set out in item 5 of Part I of Schedule III for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies.

  • (5) In addition to any applicable fee prescribed pursuant to subsection (1), (2), (3) or (4), the radio licence fee payable in respect of radio apparatus installed in a mobile station that communicates with a space station is the applicable fee set out in item 6 of Part I of Schedule III for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies.

  • (6) The radio licence fee payable in respect of radio apparatus installed in a mobile station, other than a mobile station referred to in subsections (1) to (5), is the applicable fee set out in item 7 of Part I of Schedule III for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies.

Fixed Stations — Radiocommunication Users

Fixed Stations Communicating with other Fixed Stations or Space Stations

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the radio licence fee payable by a radiocommunication user in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station, other than a fixed station that operates in the land mobile service or a fixed station described in section 62, is for each transmitter and each receiver installed at the station the sum of the applicable fees set out in Part II of Schedule III that corresponds to the number of telephone channels per radio frequency assigned to that transmitter or receiver.

  • (2) Where a fixed station, other than a fixed station described in section 62 or 63, communicates solely on one transmit radio frequency and one receive radio frequency that are not manually selected with another fixed station, other than a fixed station in the land mobile service, operated for the automatic reception and retransmission of radiocommunications within a communication system that does not accept traffic from or deliver traffic to external points by means other than radio, the radio licence fee payable is the sum of

    • (a) in respect of all assigned transmit radio frequencies, the applicable radio licence fee for the assigned transmit radio frequency with the greatest number of telephone channels set out in Part II of Schedule III, and

    • (b) in respect of all assigned receive radio frequencies, the applicable radio licence fee for the assigned receive radio frequency with the greatest number of telephone channels set out in Part II of Schedule III.

Fixed Stations Operated in Certain Services

  •  (1) The applicable radio licence fee set out in item 1 of Part III of Schedule III for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies is payable by a radiocommunication user in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station to

    • (a) operate in any of the following services

      • (i) aeronautical service,

      • (ii) developmental service,

      • (iii) maritime service, and

      • (iv) radiodetermination service;

    • (b) communicate on radio frequencies below 30 MHz; or

    • (c) communicate on cellular mobile radio frequencies or on other frequencies assigned to a radiocommunication service provider and for which the radiocommunication user does not come under the authority of the radiocommunication service provider’s licence as a subscriber.

  • (2) The applicable radio licence fee set out in item 2 of Part III of Schedule III for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies is payable by a radiocommunication user in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station to operate in the public information service.

Land Mobile Service

 Subject to section 64, the radio licence fee payable by a radiocommunication user in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station to operate in the land mobile service is the fee, for the applicable metropolitan or other area, set out in Part IV of Schedule III for each assigned transmit or receive frequency.

Electronic News Gathering

 The radio licence fee payable by a radiocommunication user in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station to operate in the land mobile service and to communicate with a mobile station for the purpose of electronic news gathering is the sum of

  • (a) in respect of all assigned transmit radio frequencies, the fee, for the applicable metropolitan or other area, set out in item 1 of Part IV of Schedule III for one assigned transmit radio frequency, and

  • (b) in respect of all assigned receive radio frequencies, the fee, for the applicable metropolitan or other area, set out in item 1 of Part IV of Schedule III for one assigned receive radio frequency.

  • SOR/2014-34, s. 9(F).

Fixed Stations — Radiocommunication Service Providers

Fixed Stations Communicating with other Fixed Stations or Space Stations

 The radio licence fee payable by a radiocommunication service provider in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station, other than a fixed station referred to in sections 66 to 71, is for each transmitter and each receiver installed at the station the sum of the applicable fees set out in Part II of Schedule III that corresponds to the number of telephone channels per radio frequency assigned to that transmitter or receiver.

Land Mobile Service

 Subject to sections 67 to 71, the radio licence fee payable by a radiocommunication service provider in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station to operate in the land mobile service is the fee, for the applicable metropolitan or other area, set out in item 1 of Part V of Schedule III for each assigned transmit or receive frequency.

Dispatch

 The radio licence fee payable by a radiocommunication service provider in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station for the purpose of dispatch and to communicate with a mobile station in the land mobile service is the applicable congestion zone fee set out in item 2 of Part V of Schedule III for each assigned transmit or receive frequency.

Paging

 The radio licence fee payable by a radiocommunication service provider in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station in the land mobile service for the purpose of paging is the applicable congestion zone fee set out in item 3 of Part V of Schedule III for each assigned transmit or receive frequency.

Cellular Mobile Radio Frequencies

 The radio licence fee payable by a radiocommunication service provider in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station that communicates on cellular mobile radio frequencies is the applicable fee set out in item 4 of Part V of Schedule III for each assigned transmit or receive frequency.

Broadband Personal Communications Services Radio Frequencies

 The radio licence fee payable by a radiocommunication service provider in respect of radio apparatus installed in a fixed station that communicates on broadband personal communications services radio frequencies is the applicable fee set out in

  • (a) paragraph 5(a) of Part V of Schedule III for each 10 MHz assigned block of transmit or receive frequencies where the radius of the coverage area of the station is greater than or equal to one kilometre; or

  • (b) paragraph 5(b) of Part V of Schedule III for each 10 MHz assigned block of transmit or receive frequencies where the radius of the coverage area of the station is less than one kilometre.

 
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