B2 — Government Mobile Communications Office (GMCO) and Bell Mobility Conditions

1. Consistent with General Spectrum Policy Principles, the Government Mobile Communications Project's provincial radio communications network established pursuant to the Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Ontario as represented by the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Correctional Services and Bell Mobility Radio Inc., dated June 26, 1998 and revised January 21, 2010 (the “Master Agreement”), is intended primarily to meet the needs of public safety and preferred services.

2. There is high expectation that the radio licences will be renewed annually for a period not exceeding the terms of the Master Agreement. Upon termination of the Master Agreement, the radio frequencies licensed jointly to Bell Mobility and the Government of Ontario in relation to the Master Agreement will be re-assigned by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, in accordance with the applicable spectrum allocation policies related to public safety and preferred services. The Department recognizes the following hierarchy with respect to public safety and preferred services for priority access to radio spectrum:

Public Safety:

  1. Category 1 - Police, fire and emergency medical services.

Preferred Services:

  1. Category 2 - Forestry, public works, public transit, dangerous chemical clean-up, customs and other agencies contributing to public safety.
  2. Category 3 - Other government agencies and certain non-government agencies.

3. The licensees, Bell Mobility Inc. and the Government of Ontario, shall notify Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 12 months prior to contract termination in the event that termination occurs at the end of the 15-year term; or immediately in the event that termination occurs prior to the end of the 15-year term.

In addition to the conditions above, the following standard conditions that apply to all similar radiocommunication service provider licences in Canada will also be included.

4. Eligibility: The licensee, as a radiocommunication service provider, shall use the radio frequencies outlined in this licence in order to operate one or more interconnected radio-based transmission facilities (any radio apparatus that is used for the transmission or reception of intelligence to or from anywhere on a public switched network) that may be used by the licensee or another person to provide radiocommunication services for compensation.

Licensees acting as radiocommunication service providers shall comply on an ongoing basis with the eligibility criteria in subsection 9(1) of the Radiocommunication Regulations.

5. Radio Station Installations: For each radio station, the licensees shall ensure that:

  1. radio stations are installed and operated in a manner that complies with Health Canada's limits of exposure to radiofrequency fields;
  2. where applicable, antenna structures are marked in accordance with recommendations from Transport Canada; and,
  3. prior to installation of significant antenna structures, consultation with the appropriate land use authorities has taken place. Installation of any significant antenna structure shall 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. Please refer to the Department's document CPC-2-0-03, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems, as amended from time to time.

Date of last revision: May 6, 2011.

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