Archived — Tier 2 Service Area Minor Deviations

Question 92:

In section 4.2 of the Policy it states "The 14 service areas generally follow the provincial boundaries, although Ontario and Quebec each consist of three areas and some other minor deviations are made around provincial borders to reflect certain wireline service areas and to avoid having a service area boundary cut through a population centre." Will the Department please list the "minor deviations" communities and outline in which Province and/or Tier 2 license area the subject population centre falls?

The Tier 2 service areas are based on 1996 Statistics Canada census divisions, and result in 14 areas covering all of Canada. The 14 service areas generally follow the provincial boundaries, although Ontario and Quebec each consist of three areas. Some other minor deviations are made around provincial borders to reflect certain wireline service areas and to avoid having a service area boundary cut through a population centre, so as to minimize potential interference problems.

Service areas are translated into areas based on Spectrum Grid cells1 to facilitate their electronic storage and representation. Given that an individual grid cell is only 25 km2 in area, spectrum grid cells offer sufficient granularity such that the variations between the borders of the grid-cell defined areas and the underlying Census Divisions and Subdivisions are minute. In the event that any interference issues must be resolved between two licensees, the boundary as defined by the Spectrum Grid cells will be the one used.

The Tier 2 service area minor deviations are:

  1. Sable Island is included in service area 2-02 Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
  2. A portion of the Matapédia Census subdivision has been captured by service area 2-03 New Brunswick. Consequently, the towns of Runnymede, QC, Saint-Laurent, QC and Sellarsville, QC are included in service area 2-03 New Brunswick whereas the towns of Mann Mountain, NB and Mann Mountain Settlement, NB are included in service area 2-04 Eastern Quebec (See Map A).
  3. The National Capital Region which includes, but is not limited to, the cities of Ottawa, Hull, Gatineau, and Aylmer is part of service area 2-06 Eastern Ontario and NCR (See Map B).
  4. The towns of Flin Flon, Manitoba and Channing, Manitoba are included in service area 2-10 Manitoba however a rural portion of the Flin Flon Census subdivision has been captured by service area 2-11 Saskatchewan (See Map C).
  5. A large rural portion of the Makaoo Census subdivision which lies in both Alberta and Saskatchewan is included in licence 2-11 Saskatchewan. Onion Lake, Saskatchewan is included in service area 2-12 Alberta (See Maps D and E).
  6. A large portion of the Lloydminster Census subdivision which falls in both Saskatchewan and Alberta has been captured by service area 2-12 Alberta. Consequently, the town of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan is included in service area 2-12 Alberta (See Maps D and F).

Map A

Map A -2-04 - Eastern Quebec

Map B

Map B

Map C

Map C

Map D

Map D

Map E

Map E

Map F

Map F

For More Information, Please Visit:

www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum

Or Contact:

David M. Lefebvre
Telecommunications Project Officer,
Wireless Networks Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch
lefebvre.david@ic.gc.ca
(613) 954-4171


Footnotes

1 Spectrum Grid cells are six-sided figures with an area of 25km2 that fit together in an interlocking pattern over the geography of Canada.


Tier 2 Service Area Minor Deviations
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