Gazette Notice No. SMBR-001-11

Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

SMBR–001–11 — Changes to the Domestic Protection Criteria in FM Broadcasting

Notice is hereby given that Industry Canada is publishing amendments to Broadcast Procedures and Rules, Part 3: Application Procedures and Rules for FM Broadcasting Undertakings (BPR–3) on new protection criteria to be used in Canada. The FM spectrum has become congested in many centers in Canada. As a result, new ways to increase capacity have been sought based on modifications to some of the existing assignment rules that have been used in FM broadcasting.

The amendments essentially provide protection to the actual coverage of the station instead of the maximum allowable distance for the class. The amendments would still allow incumbents to increase coverage in the future. It should be noted that Canadian stations in the border area between Canada and USA are still subject to 1997 FM Working Agreement.

Other updates to BPR–3 include;

  • – A requirement for the applicant to provide horizontal and vertical pattern data in tabular form.
  • – A clear indication that Department reserves the right to make an independent decision on applications that are " short–spaced" in order to improve the usage of spectrum.
  • – Updated criteria to protect digital TV stations on TV channel 6.
  • – A requirement for a letter of authority for license–exempt low power FM applications for short–duration special events.

Obtaining copies

Copies of this notice and of documents referred to herein are available electronically on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Official printed copies of Canada Gazette notices can be viewed at http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/index-eng.html . Printed copies of the Canada Gazette can be ordered by telephoning the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

December 24, 2011

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MARC DUPUIS
Director General
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch

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