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The new Antenna Tower Siting Procedures
The demand for wireless service continues to grow exponentially. Canadians want the latest technologies, more data, faster speed and better coverage; these all create increased burden on wireless resources. New towers are often required to satisfy this demand. To ensure that the voices of Canadian municipalities and the communities they represent are heard more clearly, Industry Canada has amended its Antenna Tower Siting Procedures.
Under these procedures companies are now required to work even more closely with the local land-use authority, usually the municipality and communities they represent, and engage them earlier in the process. Industry Canada has strengthened the requirements for the wireless industry to consult with local residents, increase transparency for municipalities, and improve communications throughout the tower siting process.
The changes to the Antenna Tower Siting Procedures will benefit everyone involved, minimizing surprises and creating a more cooperative process so that Canadians can have the wireless services they demand.
The changes require companies to:
- consult communities on all commercial tower installations, regardless of height;
- build the tower within three years of consulting with communities; and
- ensure that residents are well-informed of upcoming consultations, with clearly marked notifications.
All installations must comply with Industry Canada's Antenna Tower Siting Procedures, including the amount of radio frequency (RF) energy they emit. Health Canada's Safety Code 6 establishes safety guidelines for the exposure to RF fields. To ensure the protection of the general public Industry Canada adopted these guidelines and requires all installations to comply with Safety Code 6 at all times.
Under the Antenna Tower Siting Procedures wireless service providers have greater obligations relating to land-use authority and public consultation. They are also required to complete construction of the antenna system within three years of the conclusion of the consultation. After three years, consultations will no longer be deemed valid except in cases where the person proposing the tower and the land-use authority agree, in writing, on an extension for a specified time period.
The links below provide additional information relating to radiocommunication installations.
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