B4 — Railway Association of Canada Spectrum Licences

1. Definition

The Railway Association of Canada: An industry association incorporated by the laws of Canada in 1953 and whose members use radiocommunication networks to support their operation of freight and passenger railways in Canada (hereinafter known as "the Licensee").

2. Pursuant to the Minister's powers set out in section 5 of the Radiocommunication Act, this spectrum licence is issued to the Licensee for it and its members to utilize the radio frequencies listed on the licence, within the geographical area described per the map in Appendix B, to operate radio apparatus on those radio frequencies.

3. The Licensee must provide its members with an up-to-date copy of the spectrum licence.

4. The Licensee is responsible for ensuring and will undertake all reasonable measures to ensure that all its members and all personnel who plan, manage or operate radiocommunication networks respect the terms and conditions of the licence.

5. The Licensee will undertake all reasonable measures required to ensure that no harmful interference is caused to any radio apparatus installed on frequencies not identified on the licence. Such measures may include the use of spectrum management tools, such as electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) studies, site monitoring, review of existing technical and administrative frequency lists or any other measure deemed necessary by Industry Canada.

6. Frequencies listed on the licence shall be used solely for communications related to railway services.

7. The Licensee's head office will act as the single point of contact between it's members and Industry Canada for all transactions involving the frequencies listed on the licence.

8. While site-specific radio authorizations will not be issued by Industry Canada, the Licensee must take all reasonable steps to ensure that:

  • radio installations are installed and operated in a manner that complies with Health Canada's limits of exposure to radiofrequency fields;
  • where applicable, antenna structures are marked in accordance with The recommendations of Transport Canada;
  • prior to installation of significant antenna structures, consultation with the appropriate land-use authorities has taken place. Installation of any significant antenna structure must be delayed for a period of time sufficient for departmental review where, after considering reasonable alternatives and consultation options, land-use consultation negotiations remain at an impasse.
  • radio installations are installed and operate in a manner that complies with technical boundary and out-of-band emission conditions as specified by the Department.

9. The Licensee must comply with existing and future international coordination requirements and procedures. This includes coordination with the United States as new requirements are introduced.

10. The Licensee must provide, upon request, technical information on a particular station or network in the format prescribed by Industry Canada.

11. The transfer of this authorization to another party will not be allowed without full review of the application by Industry Canada and approval by the Minister.

12. This spectrum licence is issued for a period of one (1) year and will be renewed on March 31 of each year upon payment of the appropriate licence fee by the Licensee.

Last Revision Date May 1, 2012

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