Archived—Gazette Notice No. DGRB-008-07

List of Available Licences - Updated Appendix 1 of Gazette Notice DGRB-008-07: Available Personal Communications Services (PCS) Spectrum in the 2 GHz Frequency Range
August 25, 2009

Department of Industry

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-008-07 - Available Personal Communications Services (PCS) Spectrum in the 2 GHz Frequency Range


The Department wishes to inform interested parties of the availability of Personal Communications Services (PCS) spectrum in various markets located in Canada.

PCS spectrum currently available for licensing is listed in Appendix 1 of this notice. This appendix will be updated regularly, and interested parties are encouraged to view the latest update on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at


In December 1995, the Minister of Industry awarded PCS licences to 14 companies following a comparative licensing process: two national 30 MHz licences to two companies; a national 10 MHz licence to another company; and a national 10 MHz licence to 11 regional shareholders of one company for operation within their territories. A number of the available licences were not awarded at that time and some of the 10 MHz regional licences have been returned to the Department.

In January 2001, the Department held an auction for PCS blocks C1, C2, C3 and E. While 52 spectrum licences were awarded using this process, PCS spectrum in a number of service areas was still available at the conclusion of the auction.

In November 2003, and again in July 2005, the Department issued Canada Gazette notices to inform interested parties that it intended to license available PCS spectrum. While some spectrum was licensed via these processes, some spectrum is still available in a few areas of the country.


The Department will use the first-come, first-served (FCFS) process to assign all remaining PCS spectrum. While not expected, should mutually exclusive applications be received, the Department will undertake the necessary process to resolve the issue, which could include providing all parties access, or a competitive licensing process. Licences are subject to the fees established in Canada Gazette notice DGRB-005-03, available at Fees for cellular and PCS licences are based on the amount of spectrum assigned (i.e. number of MHz) and the total population of the service area. Further information on the licence fees for cellular and PCS licences can be found in CPC-2-1-10, Spectrum Licence Fee Calculations for Cellular and Incumbent Personal Communications Services (PCS) at

Where a licensee intends to operate as a radiocommunication carrier, the entity must meet the eligibility requirements described in subsection 10(2) of the Radiocommunication Regulations and, as such, must meet the related ownership and control requirements (refer to CPC-2-0-15 at Furthermore, licence conditions similar to those applicable to the licences awarded through the 2 GHz PCS auction will also apply to any licence issued using the FCFS process. These licence conditions are available at

Application details

Interested parties are asked to contact their local Industry Canada office in order to submit an application. For a full listing which includes district offices, see RIC-66 at

Atlantic Spectrum Regional Office
4th Floor, Unit 103
1045 Main Street
Moncton, New Brunswick
E1C 1H1

Quebec Regional Office
7th Floor
5 Place Ville-Marie
Montréal, Quebec
H3B 2G2

Ontario Regional Office
4th Floor
151 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5C 2W7

Prairie and Northern Region
4th Floor
400 St. Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 4K5

Pacific Regional Office
Library Square, Room 2000
300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 6E1

Obtaining Copies

Copies of this notice and documents referred to are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at:

Official versions of Canada Gazette notices can be viewed on the Canada Gazette website at: Printed copies of the notices can be ordered by calling the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

August 16, 2007

Michael D. Connolly
Director General
Radiocommunications and
Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

Appendix 1

The current listing of all available PCS spectrum can be found on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website.

A description of each service area can be found under the Service Areas for Competitive Licensing, at

Area Descriptive Name Population Frequency Spectrum Block MHz Annual Fee (Note 1)
Quebec Region
2-07 Northern Quebec 187,081 A PCS C1 10 $65,710
2-07 Northern Quebec 187,081 B PCS C2 10 $65,710
2-07 Northern Quebec 187,081 C PCS C3 10 $65,710
Prairie and Northern Region
2-11 Saskatchewan 975,717 B PCS C2 10 $342,707
2-14 Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut 92,707 Note 2 PCS C1 5 $16,281
2-14 Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut 92,707 B PCS C2 10 $32,562
2-14 Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut 92,707 C PCS C3 10 $32,562


  1. The minimum yearly fee is $1,000. If the licence is issued after April, it will be prorated for the month when it occurs.

  2. Only the 1897.5-1900/1977.5-1980 MHz portion of block C1 is available in market area 2-14.

Frequency A: Block C1     1895-1900/1975-1980 MHz

Frequency B: Block C2     1900-1905/1980-1985 MHz

Frequency C: Block C3     1905-1910/1985-1990 MHz

Frequency D: Block E      1885-1890/1965-1970 MHz

Frequency F: Block B3     1880-1985/1960-1965 MHz

Frequency G: Block D      1865-1870/1945-1950 MHz

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