Service Areas for Competitive Licensing

Issue 4

Posted on Industry Canada website: October 29, 2015

1. Introduction

This document contains descriptions of the service areas that Industry Canada uses for all competitiveFootnote 1 licensing processes.Footnote 2 These processes include spectrum auctions and comparative review processes. This document incorporates minor adjustments to all service areas as a result of the modernization of the Department's Spectrum Management System (SMS) in 2015.

The radio authorization, which will be associated with the use of spectrum in these areas, is the spectrum licence, which was introduced with the amendment of the Radiocommunication Act in June 1996. A spectrum licence is defined as an authorization "in respect of the utilization of specified radio frequencies within a defined geographic area."

2. Background

As part of the above-mentioned SMS modernization, the Department changed the way in which service areas for competitive and user-defined licensing have been constructed since the mid-1990s. Specifically, Industry Canada changed the definition of the building block of these geographic areas, called the spectrum "grid cell," from a 25 km2 hexagonal shaped block to a 1 minute latitude × 1 minute longitude square block. This change from hexagonal grid cells to square grid cells is outlined in Canada Gazette notice DGSO-004-15, Spectrum Management System Modernization: Changes to the Definition of Competitive and User-Defined Service Areas for Spectrum Licences. The changes are the result of a consultation process undertaken in DGSO-001-15, Consultation on Changes to the Definition of Competitive and User-Defined Service Areas for Spectrum Licences.

3. Service Area Definitions

As different wireless services and applications are best suited to different sizes of service areas, four tiers of service areas have been established:

  • Tier 1 is a single national service area covering the entire territory of Canada.
  • Tier 2 consists of 14 provincial and large regional service areas covering the entire territory of Canada. Two additional Tier 2 areas, created for the Province of Alberta and the Province of Saskatchewan, generally adhere to the Alberta-Saskatchewan interprovincial border and maintain the territorial integrity of each province. These two Tier 2 service areas do not have associated Tier 3 and Tier 4 service areas.
  • Tier 3 consists of 59 smaller regional service areas covering the entire territory of Canada.
  • Tier 4 comprises 172 localized service areas covering the entire territory of Canada.

The Tier 4 localized service area boundaries were initially developed using contiguous groupings of Statistics Canada's 1996 census subdivisions.Footnote 3 During development, service area borderlines were placed through lesser populated and more remote areas, wherever possible, in order to minimize potential interference problems. Tier 3 boundaries are based on groupings of Tier 4 localized service areas. Similarly, Tier 2 provincial and large regional service areas are based on groupings of Tier 3 service areas.

The two Tier 2 areas, Province of Saskatchewan (2-017) and Province of Alberta (2-018) were created for the 700 MHz auction held in 2014. In general, these tier areas represent the geographic areas of each of these two provinces without the deviations indicated below in Section 4 — Minor Deviations From the Provincial Borders.

An additional group of service areas was developed to accommodate the transition of non-auctioned Cellular and Personal Communications Services (PCS) licences from apparatus-based licences to spectrum licences and generally corresponding to the wireline services areas of the telephone companies operating in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. These service areas are known as Local Telephone Service Areas (TEL).

With the exception of the Local Telephone Service Areas, service areas were designed with borders drawn in remote, less populated areas, to the extent possible, in order to minimize potential interference problems.

Service areas were "converted" into areas based on a grouping of the spectrum grid cell building blocks in order to facilitate their electronic storage and representation. The minimum size of the grid cell is 1 minute latitude × 1 minute longitude and these are employed along service area boundaries, which will offer sufficient granularity such that the variations between the borders of the grid-cell defined areas and the underlying census divisions and subdivision(s) will be minimal. Larger square grid cells, e.g. 3 minute × 3 minute cells or 15 minute × 15 minute cells, are implemented for interiors of service areas where fine granularity is not required.

The following pages provide tier service area maps and tables with population values based on data supplied by Statistics Canada. Electronic versions of service area maps are available on Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website (www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/h_sf01627.html).

3.1 Tier 1

Table 1 — Tier 1 Service Area
Tier Area Service Area Name 2001 Population 2006 Population 2011 Population Tier 2 Service Areas
1-001 Canada 30,006,263 31,609,529 33,470,818 2-001, 2-002, 2-003, 2-004, 2-005, 2-006, 2-007, 2-008, 2-009, 2-010, 2-011, 2-012, 2-013, 2-014
(2-017 and 2-018)

Figure 1: Tier 1 Service Area Map

Tier 1 Service Area Map, Canada, territories and provinces (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 1
Map of Canada, territories and provinces

3.2 Tier 2

Table 2 — Service Areas
Tier Area Service Area Name 2001 Population 2006 Population 2011 Population Tier 3 Service Areas
2-001 Newfoundland and Labrador 513,293 505,735 514,711 3-001
2-002 Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 1,043,276 1,049,284 1,061,900 3-002, 3-003, 3-004
2-003 New Brunswick 728,685 728,196 749,623 3-005, 3-006, 3-007
2-004 Eastern Quebec 1,590,787 1,613,126 1,668,504 3-008, 3-009, 3-010
2-005 Southern Quebec 5,151,123 5,415,082 5,683,127 3-011, 3-012, 3-013, 3-014
2-006 Eastern Ontario and Outaouais 2,122,115 2,222,625 2,347,556 3-015, 3-016, 3-018, 3-019, 3-020, 3-021, 3-022, 3-023
2-007 Northern Quebec 187,204 185,898 190,271 3-017
2-008 Southern Ontario 8,811,356 9,485,855 10,091,045 3-024, 3-025, 3-026, 3-027, 3-028, 3-029, 3-030, 3-031, 3-032, 3-033
2-009 Northern Ontario 785,189 784,279 773,104 3-034, 3-035, 3-036, 3-037, 3-038
2-010 Manitoba 1,119,784 1,148,381 1,208,253 3-039, 3-040
2-011 Saskatchewan 975,023 964,433 1,029,497 3-041, 3-042, 3-043
2-012 Alberta 2,978,381 3,293,928 3,648,798 3-044, 3-045, 3-046, 3-047, 3-048, 3-049
2-013 British Columbia 3,907,565 4,113,797 4,399,805 3-050, 3-051, 3-052, 3-053, 3-054, 3-055, 3-056, 3-057, 3-058
2-014 Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut 92,483 98,910 104,625 3-059
2-017 Province of Saskatchewan 976,054 964,718 1,029,751 N/A
2-018 Province of Alberta 2,977,350 3,293,643 3,648,544 N/A

Figure 2a: Tier 2 Service Areas Map

Tier 2 Service Areas Map (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 2a
Tier 2 Service Areas Map
Tier Area Service Area Name
2-001 Newfoundland and Labrador
2-002 Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
2-003 New Brunswick
2-004 Eastern Quebec
2-005 Southern Quebec
2-006 Eastern Ontario and Outaouais
2-007 Northern Quebec
2-008 Southern Ontario
2-009 Northern Ontario
2-010 Manitoba
2-011 Saskatchewan
2-012 Alberta
2-013 British Columbia
2-014 Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Figure 2b: Tier 2-017 and Tier 2-018 Service Areas (Adhere to Provincial Borders of Saskatchewan and Alberta)

Tier 2-017 and Tier 2-018 Service Areas (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 2b
Table 2 — Service Areas
Tier Area Service Area Name
2-017 Province of Saskatchewan
2-018 Province of Alberta

3.3 Tier 3

Table 3 — Service Areas
Tier Area Service Area Name 2001 Population 2006 Population 2011 Population Tier 4 Service Areas
3-001 Newfoundland and Labrador 513,293 505,735 514,711 4-001, 4-002, 4-003, 4-004, 4-005
3-002 Prince Edward Island 135,294 135,851 140,204 4-006, 4-007
3-003 Mainland Nova Scotia 761,038 771,883 786,472 4-008, 4-009, 4-010, 4-011, 4-012, 4-013
3-004 Cape Breton 146,944 141,551 135,224 4-014
3-005 Southern New Brunswick 167,212 166,904 172,318 4-015, 4-016
3-006 Western New Brunswick 209,230 209,621 217,159 4-017, 4-020, 4-021
3-007 Eastern New Brunswick 352,244 351,671 360,145 4-018, 4-019, 4-022
3-008 Bas du fleuve 298,441 296,928 295,707 4-023, 4-024, 4-025, 4-026
3-009 Québec 917,858 948,944 1,004,543 4-027, 4-029, 4-030, 4-031
3-010 Chicoutimi-Jonquière 374,488 367,254 368,254 4-028, 4-065, 4-063, 4-064
3-011 Eastern Townships 509,293 526,626 543,370 4-032, 4-033, 4-034, 4-035, 4-039, 4-040, 4-041, 4-042, 4-043, 4-045
3-012 Trois-Rivières 750,277 778,607 810,080 4-036, 4-037, 4-038, 4-044, 4-047, 4-048, 4-049, 4-050
3-013 Montréal 3,783,840 3,989,578 4,204,850 4-046, 4-051
3-014 Upper Outaouais 107,713 120,271 124,827 4-052, 4-054
3-015 Ottawa / Outaouais 1,266,303 1,335,129 1,442,822 4-053, 4-055
3-016 Pembroke 107,212 109,843 112,950 4-056, 4-057
3-017 Abitibi 187,204 185,898 190,271 4-058, 4-059, 4-060, 4-061, 4-062, 4-066
3-018 Cornwall 66,003 66,518 67,288 4-067
3-019 Brockville 82,774 84,204 84,038 4-068, 4-069
3-020 Kingston 162,799 168,863 175,895 4-070
3-021 Belleville 184,128 190,276 195,564 4-071, 4-072
3-022 Cobourg 59,981 62,719 62,837 4-073
3-023 Peterborough 192,915 205,074 206,161 4-074, 4-075
3-024 Huntsville 72,262 78,002 78,789 4-076, 4-096
3-025 Toronto 5,636,262 6,129,634 6,646,250 4-077
3-026 Barrie 592,340 646,845 673,893 4-095, 4-078, 4-081, 4-094
3-027 Guelph/Kitchener 607,230 659,547 696,463 4-079, 4-080
3-028 Listowel/Goderich/
Stratford
133,308 132,996 133,542 4-088, 4-082
3-029 Niagara-St. Catharines 354,607 366,746 367,803 4-083, 4-084
3-030 London/Woodstock/
St. Thomas
765,098 799,820 832,095 4-085, 4-086, 4-087
3-031 Chatham 106,606 106,466 100,110 4-089, 4-091
3-032 Windsor/Leamington 376,693 395,533 390,154 4-090
3-033 Strathroy 166,949 170,266 171,946 4-092, 4-093
3-034 North Bay 122,524 125,172 126,606 4-097, 4-098
3-035 Sault Ste. Marie 135,260 133,382 132,116 4-106, 4-099, 4-105
3-036 Sudbury 172,912 175,301 177,314 4-100
3-037 Kirkland Lake 119,716 115,729 114,167 4-101, 4-102, 4-103
3-038 Thunder Bay 234,777 234,695 222,900 4-109, 4-107, 4-108, 4-104
3-039 Winnipeg 947,526 978,640 1,033,768 4-110, 4-111, 4-112, 4-113, 4-115, 4-117, 4-118
3-040 Brandon 172,258 169,741 174,484 4-114, 4-116
3-041 Regina 349,582 343,576 366,473 4-119, 4-120, 4-123, 4-124
3-042 Moose Jaw 104,263 99,016 100,244 4-121, 4-122
3-043 Saskatoon 521,178 521,840 562,780 4-127, 4-130, 4-128, 4-126,4-125
3-044 Edmonton 1,198,195 1,315,034 1,464,088 4-140, 4-145, 4-146, 4-144, 4-143, 4-142, 4-141, 4-129
3-045 Medicine Hat/Brooks 175,661 183,170 190,825 4-131, 4-133, 4-139
3-046 Lethbridge 156,163 163,656 177,304 4-132
3-047 Calgary 1,091,697 1,235,721 1,390,228 4-136, 4-135, 4-134
3-048 Red Deer 198,484 223,785 240,348 4-138, 4-137
3-049 Grande Prairie 158,181 172,561 186,005 4-148, 4-147
3-050 Kootenays 132,908 129,975 134,352 4-149, 4-150
3-051 Okanagan/Columbia 368,618 392,038 415,223 4-159, 4-151, 4-163, 4-162
3-052 Vancouver 2,310,032 2,463,406 2,684,515 4-152, 4-153, 4-157, 4-158
3-053 Victoria 390,004 414,254 432,549 4-154
3-054 Nanaimo 165,016 177,135 185,404 4-155
3-055 Courtenay 105,950 109,183 114,583 4-156
3-056 Thompson/Cariboo 174,338 173,815 179,998 4-160, 4-161, 4-164, 4-165
3-057 Prince George 200,013 189,465 187,639 4-168, 4-166, 4-167
3-058 Dawson Creek 60,687 64,525 65,542 4-169
3-059 Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut 92,483 98,910 104,625 4-171, 4-172, 4-170

Figure 3a: Tier 3 Service Areas Map

Tier 3 Service Areas Map (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 3a
Table 3 — Service Areas
Tier Area Service Area Name
3-001 Newfoundland and Labrador
3-002 Prince Edward Island
3-003 Mainland Nova Scotia
3-004 Cape Breton
3-005 Southern New Brunswick
3-006 Western New Brunswick
3-007 Eastern New Brunswick
3-008 Bas du fleuve
3-009 Québec
3-010 Chicoutimi-Jonquière
3-011 Eastern Townships
3-012 Trois-Rivières
3-013 Montréal
3-014 Upper Outaouais
3-015 Ottawa / Outaouais
3-016 Pembroke
3-017 Abitibi
3-018 Cornwall
3-019 Brockville
3-020 Kingston
3-021 Belleville
3-022 Cobourg
3-023 Peterborough
3-024 Huntsville
3-025 Toronto
3-026 Barrie
3-027 Guelph/Kitchener
3-028 Listowel/Goderich/
Stratford
3-029 Niagara-St. Catharines
3-030 London/Woodstock/
St. Thomas
3-031 Chatham
3-032 Windsor/Leamington
3-033 Strathroy
3-034 North Bay
3-035 Sault Ste. Marie
3-036 Sudbury
3-037 Kirkland Lake
3-038 Thunder Bay
3-039 Winnipeg
3-040 Brandon
3-041 Regina
3-042 Moose Jaw
3-043 Saskatoon
3-044 Edmonton
3-045 Medicine Hat/Brooks
3-046 Lethbridge
3-047 Calgary
3-048 Red Deer
3-049 Grande Prairie
3-050 Kootenays
3-051 Okanagan/Columbia
3-052 Vancouver
3-053 Victoria
3-054 Nanaimo
3-055 Courtenay
3-056 Thompson/Cariboo
3-057 Prince George
3-058 Dawson Creek
3-059 Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Figure 3b: Tier 3 Service Areas Map (Detailed View of Southern Ontario to Nova Scotia)

Tier 3 Service Areas Map (Detailed View of Southern Ontario to Nova Scotia) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 3b
Table 3 — Service Areas (Southern Ontario to Nova Scotia)
Tier Area Service Area Name
3-001 Newfoundland and Labrador
3-002 Prince Edward Island
3-003 Mainland Nova Scotia
3-004 Cape Breton
3-005 Southern New Brunswick
3-006 Western New Brunswick
3-007 Eastern New Brunswick
3-008 Bas du fleuve
3-009 Québec
3-010 Chicoutimi-Jonquière
3-011 Eastern Townships
3-012 Trois-Rivières
3-013 Montréal
3-014 Upper Outaouais
3-015 Ottawa / Outaouais
3-016 Pembroke
3-017 Abitibi
3-018 Cornwall
3-019 Brockville
3-020 Kingston
3-021 Belleville
3-022 Cobourg
3-023 Peterborough
3-024 Huntsville
3-025 Toronto
3-026 Barrie
3-027 Guelph/Kitchener
3-028 Listowel/Goderich/
Stratford
3-029 Niagara-St. Catharines
3-030 London/Woodstock/
St. Thomas
3-031 Chatham
3-032 Windsor/Leamington
3-033 Strathroy
3-034 North Bay
3-035 Sault Ste. Marie
3-036 Sudbury
3-037 Kirkland Lake

3.4 Tier 4

Table 4 — Service Areas
Tier Area Service Area Name 2001 Population 2006 Population 2011 Population
4-001 St. John's 223,382 230,190 245,932
4-002 Placentia 19,429 18,191 16,441
4-003 Gander/Grand Falls/Windsor 159,539 150,698 146,818
4-004 Corner Brook/Stephenville 82,705 80,024 78,598
4-005 Labrador 28,238 26,632 26,922
4-006 Charlottetown 86,821 87,451 91,985
4-007 Summerside 48,473 48,400 48,219
4-008 Yarmouth 62,555 60,751 57,742
4-009 Bridgewater/Kentville 140,034 140,368 140,206
4-010 Halifax 389,330 402,675 422,034
4-011 Truro 56,063 57,285 57,307
4-012 Amherst 36,073 35,484 34,905
4-013 Antigonish/New Glasgow 76,984 75,320 74,279
4-014 Sydney 146,944 141,551 135,224
4-015 Saint John 140,239 140,376 146,112
4-016 St. Stephen 26,973 26,528 26,206
4-017 Fredericton 152,426 155,121 163,718
4-018 Moncton 151,201 159,944 172,563
4-019 Miramichi/Bathurst 169,215 162,902 159,491
4-020 Grand Falls 28,523 27,167 26,434
4-021 Edmundston 28,280 27,333 27,008
4-022 Campbellton 31,827 28,825 28,091
4-023 Matane 118,331 117,037 116,151
4-024 Mont-Joli 41,772 40,555 39,410
4-025 Rimouski 52,024 53,181 55,043
4-026 Rivière-du-Loup 86,315 86,155 85,102
4-027 La Malbaie 29,391 29,210 29,287
4-028 Chicoutimi-Jonquière 217,168 212,985 215,853
4-029 Montmagny 59,563 58,669 57,905
4-030 Québec 780,749 812,588 865,499
4-031 Sainte-Marie 48,154 48,476 51,853
4-032 Saint-Georges 67,261 68,897 70,299
4-033 Lac-Mégantic 25,045 25,290 24,977
4-034 Thetford Mines 42,889 42,954 42,644
4-035 Plessisville 22,030 21,969 22,441
4-036 La Tuque 16,292 16,505 16,396
4-037 Trois-Rivières 252,449 254,761 261,017
4-038 Louiseville 22,193 22,281 22,277
4-039 Asbestos 30,299 30,379 30,367
4-040 Victoriaville 49,239 51,061 54,163
4-041 Coaticook 13,307 13,434 13,434
4-042 Sherbrooke 216,129 229,166 240,705
4-043 Windsor 16,267 16,171 16,332
4-044 Drummondville 96,533 101,670 107,470
4-045 Cowansville 26,827 27,305 28,008
4-046 Farnham 27,926 26,764 28,652
4-047 Granby 87,052 93,397 100,769
4-048 St-Hyacinthe 83,717 85,789 89,257
4-049 Sorel 56,312 56,503 57,815
4-050 Joliette 135,729 147,701 155,079
4-051 Montréal 3,755,915 3,962,813 4,176,198
4-052 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts 61,728 71,554 75,902
4-053 Hawkesbury 62,372 63,588 63,850
4-054 Mont-Laurier/Maniwaki 45,985 48,717 48,925
4-055 Ottawa/Outaouais 1,203,931 1,271,540 1,378,972
4-056 Pembroke 77,679 79,398 82,043
4-057 Arnprior/Renfrew 29,533 30,445 30,906
4-058 Rouyn-Noranda 40,605 40,603 41,762
4-059 Notre-Dame-du-Nord 17,361 17,083 16,493
4-060 La Sarre 20,040 19,566 19,817
4-061 Amos 24,977 24,763 24,834
4-062 Val-D'Or 43,464 43,135 44,180
4-063 Roberval/Saint-Félicien 61,572 60,021 59,365
4-064 Baie-Comeau 48,305 47,361 45,869
4-065 Port-Cartier/Sept-Îles 47,444 46,888 47,167
4-066 Chibougamau 40,757 40,747 43,185
4-067 Cornwall 66,003 66,518 67,288
4-068 Brockville 69,998 71,041 71,078
4-069 Gananoque 12,777 13,163 12,961
4-070 Kingston 162,799 168,863 175,895
4-071 Napanee 39,521 40,492 42,687
4-072 Belleville 144,607 149,783 152,877
4-073 Cobourg 59,981 62,719 62,837
4-074 Peterborough 151,110 160,516 161,498
4-075 Lindsay 41,806 44,558 44,663
4-076 Minden 17,752 19,084 19,518
4-077 Toronto 5,636,262 6,129,634 6,646,250
4-078 Alliston 99,214 106,320 113,688
4-079 Guelph/Kitchener 580,878 631,767 668,108
4-080 Fergus 26,351 27,780 28,355
4-081 Kincardine 173,856 180,457 181,398
4-082 Listowel/Goderich 83,699 82,892 83,266
4-083 Fort Erie 28,538 30,283 30,344
4-084 Niagara-St. Catharines 326,069 336,463 337,458
4-085 Haldimand/Dunnville 36,052 37,100 37,037
4-086 London/Woodstock/
St. Thomas
607,210 633,981 654,522
4-087 Brantford 121,836 128,740 140,536
4-088 Stratford 49,609 50,104 50,276
4-089 Chatham 73,561 74,151 71,296
4-090 Windsor/Leamington 376,693 395,533 390,154
4-091 Wallaceburg 33,045 32,315 28,813
4-092 Sarnia 124,784 126,118 125,916
4-093 Strathroy 42,165 44,148 46,029
4-094 Barrie 275,102 312,626 330,234
4-095 Midland 44,168 47,442 48,573
4-096 Gravenhurst/Bracebridge 54,511 58,918 59,271
4-097 North Bay 103,145 104,378 105,681
4-098 Parry Sound 19,379 20,794 20,925
4-099 Elliot Lake 31,026 29,601 29,826
4-100 Sudbury 172,912 175,301 177,314
4-101 Kirkland Lake 34,442 33,432 32,793
4-102 Timmins  43,897 43,301 43,453
4-103 Kapuskasing 41,377 38,996 37,921
4-104 Kenora/Sioux Lookout 61,856 64,298 56,600
4-105 Iron Bridge 22,512 20,974 20,081
4-106 Sault Ste. Marie 81,723 82,808 82,209
4-107 Marathon 29,376 26,591 24,905
4-108 Thunder Bay 121,469 122,309 121,054
4-109 Fort Frances 22,076 21,497 20,342
4-110 Steinbach 45,969 49,981 57,846
4-111 Winnipeg 722,170 741,741 779,623
4-112 Lac du Bonnet 53,678 57,056 57,332
4-113 Morden/Winkler 38,684 41,531 47,558
4-114 Brandon 92,482 93,178 98,608
4-115 Portage la Prairie 20,073 20,053 20,407
4-116 Dauphin 79,776 76,563 75,877
4-117 Creighton/Flin Flon 22,899 21,854 21,665
4-118 Thompson 44,052 46,424 49,338
4-119 Estevan 44,587 42,880 45,956
4-120 Weyburn 21,632 20,406 22,306
4-121 Moose Jaw 56,827 54,064 54,537
4-122 Swift Current 47,436 44,952 45,707
4-123 Yorkton 66,780 62,214 63,232
4-124 Regina 216,583 218,076 234,979
4-125 Saskatoon 237,338 244,908 273,106
4-126 Watrous 29,478 27,131 27,758
4-127 Battleford 91,965 89,382 94,838
4-128 Prince Albert 130,699 126,698 130,853
4-129 Lloydminster 29,818 32,532 35,242
4-130 Northern Saskatchewan 31,699 33,721 36,225
4-131 Medicine Hat/Brooks 89,050 96,953 102,085
4-132 Lethbridge 156,163 163,656 177,304
4-133 Stettler/Oyen/Wainwright 52,124 50,835 50,619
4-134 High River 59,250 80,238 98,512
4-135 Strathmore 38,271 41,487 43,489
4-136 Calgary 994,176 1,113,996 1,248,227
4-137 Red Deer 151,532 174,094 187,919
4-138 Wetaskiwin/Ponoka 46,951 49,691 52,429
4-139 Camrose 34,487 35,382 38,121
4-140 Vegreville 14,408 14,692 15,440
4-141 Edmonton 942,461 1,039,159 1,164,368
4-142 Edson/Hinton 45,023 46,912 47,684
4-143 Bonnyville 74,197 76,503 79,901
4-144 Whitecourt 27,270 29,875 30,665
4-145 Barrhead 22,028 22,301 23,325
4-146 Fort McMurray 42,989 53,060 67,462
4-147 Peace River 82,633 83,998 86,443
4-148 Grande Prairie 75,548 88,563 99,562
4-149 East Kootenay 56,278 55,441 56,646
4-150 West Kootenay 76,629 74,534 77,707
4-151 Kelowna 299,042 319,599 342,572
4-152 Vancouver 2,200,915 2,347,864 2,564,492
4-153 Hope 21,875 24,030 24,763
4-154 Victoria 390,004 414,254 432,549
4-155 Nanaimo 165,016 177,135 185,404
4-156 Courtenay 105,950 109,183 114,583
4-157 Powell River 26,887 26,784 26,780
4-158 Squamish/Whistler 60,355 64,729 68,481
4-159 Merritt 15,367 15,826 15,676
4-160 Kamloops 92,045 95,915 101,949
4-161 Ashcroft 16,531 15,658 15,592
4-162 Salmon Arm 47,070 49,692 50,209
4-163 Golden 7,139 6,921 6,765
4-164 Williams Lake 41,124 39,320 38,447
4-165 Quesnel/Red Bluff 24,638 22,921 24,010
4-166 Skeena 63,929 59,027 56,717
4-167 Prince George 95,340 92,348 91,950
4-168 Smithers 40,744 38,090 38,973
4-169 Dawson Creek 60,687 64,525 65,542
4-170 Yukon 28,391 29,090 33,926
4-171 Nunavut 26,740 28,699 29,597
4-172 Northwest Territories 37,352 41,121 41,102

Figure 4a: Tier 4 Service Areas Map (British Columbia to Manitoba, Including Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut)

Tier 4 Service Areas Map (British Columbia to Manitoba, Including Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 4a
Table 4 — Service Areas
Tier Area Service Area Name
4-107 Marathon
4-108 Thunder Bay
4-109 Fort Frances
4-110 Steinbach
4-111 Winnipeg
4-112 Lac du Bonnet
4-113 Morden/Winkler
4-114 Brandon
4-115 Portage la Prairie
4-116 Dauphin
4-117 Creighton/Flin Flon
4-118 Thompson
4-119 Estevan
4-120 Weyburn
4-121 Moose Jaw
4-122 Swift Current
4-123 Yorkton
4-124 Regina
4-125 Saskatoon
4-126 Watrous
4-127 Battleford
4-128 Prince Albert
4-129 Lloydminster
4-130 Northern Saskatchewan
4-131 Medicine Hat/Brooks
4-132 Lethbridge
4-133 Stettler/Oyen/Wainwright
4-134 High River
4-135 Strathmore
4-136 Calgary
4-137 Red Deer
4-138 Wetaskiwin/Ponoka
4-139 Camrose
4-140 Vegreville
4-141 Edmonton
4-142 Edson/Hinton
4-143 Bonnyville
4-144 Whitecourt
4-145 Barrhead
4-146 Fort McMurray
4-147 Peace River
4-148 Grande Prairie
4-149 East Kootenay
4-150 West Kootenay
4-151 Kelowna
4-152 Vancouver
4-153 Hope
4-154 Victoria
4-155 Nanaimo
4-156 Courtenay
4-157 Powell River
4-158 Squamish/Whistler
4-159 Merritt
4-160 Kamloops
4-161 Ashcroft
4-162 Salmon Arm
4-163 Golden
4-164 Williams Lake
4-165 Quesnel/Red Bluff
4-166 Skeena
4-167 Prince George
4-168 Smithers
4-169 Dawson Creek
4-170 Yukon
4-171 Nunavut
4-172 Northwest Territories
 

Figure 4b: Tier 4 Service Areas Map (Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador)

Tier 4 Service Areas Map (Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 4b
Table 4 — Service Areas (Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador)
Tier Area Service Area Name
4-001 St. John's
4-002 Placentia
4-003 Gander/Grand Falls/Windsor
4-004 Corner Brook/Stephenville
4-005 Labrador
4-006 Charlottetown
4-007 Summerside
4-008 Yarmouth
4-009 Bridgewater/Kentville
4-010 Halifax
4-011 Truro
4-012 Amherst
4-013 Antigonish/New Glasgow
4-014 Sydney
4-015 Saint John
4-016 St. Stephen
4-017 Fredericton
4-018 Moncton
4-019 Miramichi/Bathurst
4-020 Grand Falls
4-021 Edmundston
4-022 Campbellton
4-023 Matane
4-024 Mont-Joli
4-025 Rimouski
4-026 Rivière-du-Loup
4-027 La Malbaie
4-028 Chicoutimi-Jonquière
4-029 Montmagny
4-030 Québec
4-031 Sainte-Marie
4-032 Saint-Georges
4-033 Lac Mégantic
4-034 Thetford Mines
4-035 Plessisville
4-036 La Tuque
4-037 Trois-Rivières
4-038 Louiseville
4-039 Asbestos
4-040 Victoriaville
4-041 Coaticook
4-042 Sherbrooke
4-043 Windsor
4-044 Drummondville
4-045 Cowansville
4-046 Farnham
4-047 Granby
4-048 St-Hyacinthe
4-049 Sorel
4-050 Joliette
4-051 Montréal
4-052 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
4-053 Hawkesbury
4-054 Mont-Laurier/Maniwaki
4-055 Ottawa/Outaouais
4-056 Pembroke
4-057 Arnprior/Renfrew
4-058 Rouyn-Noranda
4-059 Notre-Dame-du-Nord
4-060 La Sarre
4-061 Amos
4-062 Val D'Or
4-063 Roberval/Saint-Félicien
4-064 Baie-Comeau
4-065 Port-Cartier/Sept-Îles
4-066 Chibougamau
4-067 Cornwall
4-068 Brockville
4-069 Gananoque
4-070 Kingston
4-071 Napanee
4-072 Belleville
4-073 Cobourg
4-074 Peterborough
4-075 Lindsay
4-076 Minden
4-077 Toronto
4-078 Alliston
4-079 Guelph/Kitchener
4-080 Fergus
4-081 Kincardine
4-082 Listowel/Goderich
4-083 Fort Erie
4-084 Niagara-St. Catharines
4-085 Haldimand/Dunnville
4-086 London/Woodstock/
St. Thomas
4-087 Brantford
4-088 Stratford
4-089 Chatham
4-090 Windsor/Leamington
4-091 Wallaceburg
4-092 Sarnia
4-093 Strathroy
4-094 Barrie
4-095 Midland
4-096 Gravenhurst/Bracebridge
4-097 North Bay
4-098 Parry Sound
4-099 Elliot Lake
4-100 Sudbury
4-101 Kirkland Lake
4-102 Timmins 
4-103 Kapuskasing
4-104 Kenora/Sioux Lookout
4-105 Iron Bridge
4-106 Sault Ste. Marie
4-107 Marathon
4-108 Thunder Bay
 

Figure 4c: Tier 4 Service Areas Map (Detailed View of Southern Ontario and Quebec)

Tier 4 Service Areas Map (Detailed View of Southern Ontario and Quebec) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 4c
Table 4 — Service Areas (Southern Ontario and Quebec)
Tier Area Service Area Name
4-027 La Malbaie
4-028 Chicoutimi-Jonquière
4-029 Montmagny
4-030 Québec
4-031 Sainte-Marie
4-032 Saint-Georges
4-033 Lac Mégantic
4-034 Thetford Mines
4-035 Plessisville
4-036 La Tuque
4-037 Trois-Rivières
4-038 Louiseville
4-039 Asbestos
4-040 Victoriaville
4-041 Coaticook
4-042 Sherbrooke
4-043 Windsor
4-044 Drummondville
4-045 Cowansville
4-046 Farnham
4-047 Granby
4-048 St-Hyacinthe
4-049 Sorel
4-050 Joliette
4-051 Montréal
4-052 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
4-053 Hawkesbury
4-054 Mont-Laurier/Maniwaki
4-055 Ottawa/Outaouais
4-056 Pembroke
4-057 Arnprior/Renfrew
4-058 Rouyn-Noranda
4-059 Notre-Dame-du-Nord
4-060 La Sarre
4-061 Amos
4-062 Val D'Or
4-063 Roberval/Saint-Félicien
4-064 Baie-Comeau
4-065 Port-Cartier/Sept-Îles
4-066 Chibougamau
4-067 Cornwall
4-068 Brockville
4-069 Gananoque
4-070 Kingston
4-071 Napanee
4-072 Belleville
4-073 Cobourg
4-074 Peterborough
4-075 Lindsay
4-076 Minden
4-077 Toronto
4-078 Alliston
4-079 Guelph/Kitchener
4-080 Fergus
4-081 Kincardine
4-082 Listowel/Goderich
4-083 Fort Erie
4-084 Niagara-St. Catharines
4-085 Haldimand/Dunnville
4-086 London/Woodstock/
St. Thomas
4-087 Brantford
4-088 Stratford
4-089 Chatham
4-090 Windsor/Leamington
4-091 Wallaceburg
4-092 Sarnia
4-093 Strathroy
4-094 Barrie
4-095 Midland
4-096 Gravenhurst/Bracebridge
4-097 North Bay
4-098 Parry Sound
4-099 Elliot Lake
4-100 Sudbury
4-101 Kirkland Lake
 

3.5 TEL Areas

Table 5 — Service Areas
TEL Area Service Area Name 2001 Population 2006 Population 2011 Population
TEL-002 Sept-Îles and Gaspésie, Beauce, Saint-Georges, Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce 509,472 509,552 520,463
TEL-004 Valcourt 11,189 11,507 12,160
TEL-005 La Baie 1,139 1,069 1,019
TEL-006 Courcelles 995 929 988
TEL-007 Lambton 2,179 2,125 2,167
TEL-008 Nantes 1,432 1,413 1,354
TEL-009 St-Victor 2,468 2,518 2,429
TEL-010 Warwick 10,735 10,660 10,616
TEL-011 Acton 4,187 4,115 4,329
TEL-012 St-Ephrem 2,587 2,579 2,504
TEL-013 St-Liboire 4,400 4,271 4,522
TEL-014 Etchemin, Nicolet, Saint-Ludger 34,188 34,268 34,125
TEL-015 Sainte-Rosalie, Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil 13,992 14,160 14,439
TEL-016 St-Paulin 9,835 10,198 10,030
TEL-017 Québec, Charlevoix, Saguenay, Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, Bas Saint-Laurent, Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Étienne, Deschaillons, Fortierville, Villeroy, Île d'Orléans, Tring-Jonction, Lac-aux-Sables, Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière, Bellechasse 1,094,282 1,118,724 1,165,378
TEL-018 Aylmer, Manitoulin Island East, Bruce Peninsula North, Coldwater, Cambray 36,801 37,840 38,764
TEL-021 Watford 6,916 6,485 6,173
TEL-022 Port Elgin 19,125 19,421 19,946
TEL-024 Thunder Bay 123,820 123,238 122,090
TEL-025 Dryden 6,514 6,640 6,301
TEL-026 Kenora 11,821 10,464 10,474
TEL-027 Woodstock, Port Franks 8,855 10,734 10,419
TEL-028 Cottam 4,095 4,706 4,603
TEL-029 Grand Bend 6,785 7,311 7,379
TEL-030 Goderich 9,411 8,863 9,324
TEL-031 Lansdowne 3,476 3,719 3,624
TEL-032 Mornington 5,927 6,113 6,193
TEL-033 Millbrook 5,816 6,054 5,888
TEL-034 Keene 3,370 3,515 3,364
TEL-035 North Frontenac 2,347 2,396 2,377
TEL-036 North Renfrew 4,106 3,736 3,906
TEL-037 Moosonee, Iroquois Falls, Marten River, Temagami 4,228 2,117 4,006
TEL-038 Forest 9,457 9,472 9,257
TEL-039 Kirkton, Uniondale 9,538 9,358 9,283
TEL-040 Moose Creek 1,684 1,534 1,475
TEL-042 Clinton 7,001 6,672 6,630
TEL-043 Westport 2,807 3,133 2,954
TEL-044 Mildmay 14,022 13,462 13,155
TEL-045 Southern British Columbia, Dawson Creek Area 4,375,576 4,088,212 3,882,832
TEL-046 Fort Nelson Area 10,166 11,620 10,488
TEL-047 Prince Rupert 14,506 12,778 12,493
TEL-048 Rainy River District 23,700 22,888 21,805
TEL-055 Sioux Narrows-East Hawk Lake-Minaki 5,766 7,291 7,579
TEL-057 Grand Bend 4,287 5,296 5,391
TEL-062 Cochrane 6,397 5,585 5,451
TEL-063 Northeastern Ontario and Highway 144 109,666 105,155 102,951
TEL-064 Algoma, Hornepayne 9,961 7,724 7,562
TEL-066 Oxdrift, East Dryden 4,918 3,972 3,570
TEL-068 Lake Superior North, Sioux Lookout to Raith, Highway 105, Greenstone 38,223 34,039 31,968
TEL-069 Southern, Northern, Eastern Ontario 10,762,825 11,502,772 12,195,881
TEL-070 Zurich 2,556 2,145 2,095
TEL-071 Northeastern Ontario 109,968 105,716 103,546
TEL-072 Yukon Territory less Whitehorse 9,518 8,779 10,857
TEL-073 Whitehorse, NWT and Nunavut 83,161 90,435 94,113
TEL-074 Southern, Northern, Eastern Ontario, Algoma, Hornepayne 10,756,199 11,494,809 12,187,685
TEL-076 Nipigon-Armstrong-Whitefish Lake 5,982 7,021 6,291
TEL-078 Deception Bay 1,430 1,133 1,250
TEL-079 Southern, Northern, Eastern Ontario 10,901,628 11,657,707 12,353,123
TEL-080 Southern Quebec, Québec, Charlevoix, Saguenay, Bas Saint-Laurent, Thetford Mines, Plessisville, Saint-Rosaire, Victoriaville, Saint-Barnabé South, Saint-Valérien-de-Milton, Saint-Jacques-de-Horton, Hudson's Bay 6,231,443 6,536,466 6,870,866
TEL-081 Abitibi and James Bay, Mont-Laurier, Les Bois-Francs, Saint-Ours, Magdalen Islands, Clarendon, Bedford, Drummondville-Sud, Château-Richer, Frontenac 353,541 355,101 363,408
TEL-082 Sept-Îles and Gaspésie, Beauce 468,122 467,524 476,507
TEL-083 Grassy Narrows, Koko Lake, Folyet 2,887 2,269 2,225
TEL-084 Saint-Georges, Sept-Îles, Gaspésie 519,671 519,666 530,200
TEL-085 Québec 698,613 726,589 771,887
TEL-086 Montréal 3,733,753 3,937,919 4,148,370
TEL-087 Ottawa-Gatineau 959,262 1,010,582 1,104,372

Figure 5a: Map of TEL Areas in Ontario and Quebec

Map of TEL Areas in Ontario and Quebec (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 5a
TEL Areas in Ontario and Quebec
TEL Area Service Area Name
TEL-002 Sept-Îles and Gaspésie, Beauce, Saint-Georges, Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce
TEL-004 Valcourt
TEL-005 La Baie
TEL-006 Courcelles
TEL-007 Lambton
TEL-008 Nantes
TEL-009 St-Victor
TEL-010 Warwick
TEL-011 Acton
TEL-012 St-Ephrem
TEL-013 St-Liboire
TEL-014 Etchemin, Nicolet, Saint-Ludger
TEL-015 Sainte-Rosalie, Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil
TEL-016 St-Paulin
TEL-017 Québec, Charlevoix, Saguenay, Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, Bas Saint-Laurent, Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Étienne, Deschaillons, Fortierville, Villeroy, Île d'Orléans, Tring-Jonction, Lac-aux-Sables, Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière, Bellechasse
TEL-018 Aylmer, Manitoulin Island East, Bruce Peninsula North, Coldwater, Cambray
TEL-021 Watford
TEL-022 Port Elgin
TEL-024 Thunder Bay
TEL-025 Dryden
TEL-026 Kenora
TEL-027 Woodstock, Port Franks
TEL-028 Cottam
TEL-029 Grand Bend
TEL-030 Goderich
TEL-031 Lansdowne
TEL-032 Mornington
TEL-033 Millbrook
TEL-034 Keene
TEL-035 North Frontenac
TEL-036 North Renfrew
TEL-037 Moosonee, Iroquois Falls, Marten River, Temagami
TEL-038 Forest
TEL-039 Kirkton, Uniondale
TEL-040 Moose Creek
TEL-042 Clinton
TEL-043 Westport
TEL-044 Mildmay
TEL-048 Rainy River District
TEL-055 Sioux Narrows- East Hawk Lake- Minaki
TEL-057 Grand Bend
TEL-062 Cochrane
TEL-063 Northeastern Ontario and Highway 144
TEL-064 Algoma, Hornepayne
TEL-066 Oxdrift, East Dryden
TEL-068 Lake Superior North, Sioux Lookout to Raith, Highway 105, Greenstone
TEL-069 Southern, Northern, Eastern Ontario
TEL-070 Zurich
TEL-071 Northeastern Ontario
TEL-072 Yukon Territory less Whitehorse
TEL-073 Whitehorse, NWT and Nunavut
TEL-074 Southern, Northern, Eastern Ontario, Algoma, Hornepayne
TEL-076 Nipigon-Armstrong-Whitefish Lake
TEL-078 Deception Bay
TEL-079 Southern, Northern, Eastern Ontario
TEL-080 Southern Quebec, Québec, Charlevoix, Saguenay, Bas Saint-Laurent, Thetford Mines, Plessisville, Saint-Rosaire, Victoriaville, Saint-Barnabé South, Saint-Valérien-de-Milton, Saint-Jacques-de-Horton, Hudson's Bay
TEL-081 Abitibi and James Bay, Mont-Laurier, Les Bois-Francs, Saint-Ours, Magdalen Islands, Clarendon, Bedford, Drummondville-Sud, Château-Richer, Frontenac
TEL-082 Sept-Îles and Gaspésie, Beauce
TEL-083 Grassy Narrows, Koko Lake, Folyet
TEL-084 Saint-Georges, Sept-Îles, Gaspésie
TEL-085 Québec
TEL-086 Montréal
TEL-087 Ottawa-Gatineau

Figure 5b: Map of TEL Areas in British Columbia

Map of TEL Areas in British Columbia (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 5b
TEL Areas in British Columbia
TEL Area Service Area Name
TEL-045 Southern British Columbia, Dawson Creek Area
TEL-046 Fort Nelson Area
TEL-047 Prince Rupert

4. Minor Deviations From Provincial Borders

The Tier 4 service area boundaries are based on 1996 Statistics Canada census divisions, and comprise 172 areas covering all of Canada. Some minor deviations are made around provincial borders to reflect certain wireline service areas and also to avoid having a service area boundary cut through a population centre, so as to minimize potential interference problems.

The Tier 4 service area minor deviations from provincial borders are as follows (see figures 6a, 6b and 6c):

Figure 6a: Sable Island (Nova Scotia)

Sable Island (Nova Scotia) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 6a
Map showing Tier 4 service area with minor deviations from provincial borders: Sable Island (Nova Scotia)
  • A portion of the Matapédia 1996 Census subdivision used to create the service area 4-024 Mont-Joli (Eastern Quebec) has been captured by service area 4-022 Campbellton (New Brunswick). Consequently, the towns of Runnymede, Quebec, and Matapédia, Quebec, are included in service area 4-022 Campbellton (New Brunswick), whereas the town of Mann Mountain Settlement, New Brunswick is included in service area 4-024 Mont-Joli (Eastern Quebec).

Figure 6b: Matapédia (Quebec)

Figure 6b: Matapédia (Quebec) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 6b
Map showing Tier 4 service area with minor deviations from provincial borders: Matapédia (Quebec)
  • A large rural portion of the Makaoo Census subdivision, which lies in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, is included in service area 4-127 Battleford (Saskatchewan). The City of Lloydminster in Saskatchewan is included in service area 4-129 Lloydminster (Alberta).

Figure 6c: Lloydminster (Alberta and Saskatchewan) and Makaoo (Alberta)

Tier 4 service area: Lloydminster (Alberta and Saskatchewan) and Makaoo (Alberta) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of figure 6c
Map showing Tier 4 service area with minor deviations from provincial borders: Lloydminster (Alberta and Saskatchewan) and Makaoo (Alberta)
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