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Spectrum and telecommunications fees

November 2021

Service Fees Act

  • The Government of Canada is committed to improving services for Canadians and increasing transparency related to the service fees it charges.
  • In 2017, the Government of Canada passed the Service Fees Act, which requires, among other things, that federal departments and agencies adjust their fees periodically.
  • For Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) licensees, this means that radio and spectrum licence fees, as well as most fees for services provided by the Certification and Engineering Bureau, are adjusted annually based on the April All-items Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by Statistics Canada in May of each year.
  • ISED’s Spectrum and Telecommunications sector moved its CPI adjustment anniversary date from March 31 to April 1 to align our practices with those of other government departments and with our licence renewal process. An April 1 anniversary date will make fee adjustments more straightforward in the coming years.
  • To implement this anniversary date change, fees for 2021-2022 were based on two adjustments. Fees were increased on March 31, 2021, by 2%, and then reduced on April 1, 2021, by 0.2%.
  • The April 1 fees were used to calculate your licence renewal fees for 2021-2022.
  • The CPI adjustment applicable to fees for the 2022-2023 fiscal year is 3.4%. Increasing this year’s licence renewal amount by 3.4% will give you an estimate of next year's fees, provided no changes are made to your licensing.
  • Refer to our Annual adjustments for spectrum and telecommunications fees — Questions and answers to learn more.

The new fixed point-to-point radio licence fees, introduced on April 1, 2021, can be found in the Radiocommunication Regulations. For more information, consult the Licence Fee Modernization web page.

Table 1: Radiocommunication Regulations fees in use

Table 1 sets out the individual annual fee amounts currently used by ISED to calculate licence fees, and shows how they are adjusted by the Consumer Price Index each year, as mandated by the Service Fees Act. It is organized to correspond to Parts I through VI of Schedule III of the Radiocommunication Regulations.

Please consult Radio Information Circular (RIC-42), Guide for Calculating Radio Licence Fees for guidance and for the monthly fees.

Note: The Radiocommunication Regulations may list fees that are no longer charged due to changes in licensing policy. For clarity, these fees are not included in table 1.

Table 1: Radiocommunication Regulations fees in use
Fee schedule applicable for a mobile station in any service other than the amateur radio service
(Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule III, Part I, sections 56 and 60)
Type of station, for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by -0.2% on April 1, 2021)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2020-2021 Fees applicable for fiscal year 2019-2020
Fee amount ($)

(As per the Radiocommunication Regulations)
Fee amount ($) for March 31, 2021

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.0% on March 31, 2021)
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.2% on March 31, 2020)
Item 2: Mobile station in the aeronautical or maritime services 38.72 37.45 37.53 36.79 36.00
Item 3: Mobile station in the public information service 38.72 37.45 37.53 36.79 36.00
Item 4: Mobile station in the developmental or radiodetermination service 44.10 42.65 42.74 41.90 41.00
Item 5: Mobile station in the land mobile service 44.10 42.65 42.74 41.90 41.00
Item 6: Mobile station communicating with a space station 44.10 42.65 42.74 41.90 41.00
Item 7: Other mobile station 44.10 42.65 42.74 41.90 41.00
Fee schedule applicable to radiocommunication users for fixed stations that communicate with other fixed stations or space stations
(Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule III, Part II, sections 56, 58, 61 and 65)
Number of telephone channels per radio frequency assigned to each transmitter or receiver Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by -0.2% on April 1, 2021)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2020-2021 Fees applicable for fiscal year 2019-2020
Fee amount ($)

(As per the Radiocommunication Regulations)
Fee amount ($) for March 31, 2021

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.0% on March 31, 2021)
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.2% on March 31, 2020)
Item 1: From 1 to 24 36.58 35.38 35.45 34.75 34.00
Item 2: From 25 to 60 45.18 43.69 43.78 42.92 42.00
Item 3: From 61 to 120 53.79 52.02 52.12 51.10 50.00
Item 4: From 121 to 300 97.89 94.67 94.86 93.00 91.00
Item 5: From 301 to 600 162.44 157.10 157.41 154.32 151.00
Item 6: From 601 to 960 229.13 221.60 222.04 217.69 213.00
Item 7: From 961 to 1,200 297.97 288.17 288.75 283.09 277.00
Item 8: 1,201 or more $297.97 plus $67.78 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200 $288.17 plus $65.55 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200 $288.75 plus $65.68 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200 $283.09, plus $64.39 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200 $277.00, plus $63.00 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200
Fee schedule applicable to radiocommunication users for fixed stations operating in certain services
(Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule III, Part III, sections 56, 62 and 72)
Type of station, for all authorized transmit and receive frequencies Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by -0.2% on April 1, 2021)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2020-2021 Fees applicable for fiscal year 2019-2020
Fee amount ($)

(As per the Radiocommunication Regulations)
Fee amount ($) for March 31, 2021

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.0% on March 31, 2021)
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.2% on March 31, 2020)
Item 1: Fixed station referred to in subsection 62(1) or section 72 of the Radiocommunication Regulations 44.10 42.65 42.74 41.90 41.00
Item 2: Fixed station in the public information service 38.72 37.45 37.53 36.79 36.00
Fee schedule applicable to radiocommunication users for fixed stations in the land mobile service
(Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule III, Part IV, sections 55, 56, 63 and 64)
Type of operation, and area, congestion zone or coverage area Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by -0.2% on April 1, 2021)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2020-2021 Fees applicable for fiscal year 2019-2020
Fee amount ($)

(As per the Radiocommunication Regulations)
Fee amount ($) for March 31, 2021

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.0% on March 31, 2021)
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.2% on March 31, 2020)
Item 1: For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (a) Metropolitan area 124.78 120.68 120.92 118.55 116.00
Item 1: For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (b) Other area 57.01 55.14 55.25 54.17 53.00
Fee schedule applicable to radiocommunication service providers for fixed stations in the land mobile service
(Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule III, Part V, sections 55, 56 and 66 to 71)
Type of operation, and area, congestion zone or coverage area Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by -0.2% on April 1, 2021)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2020-2021 Fees applicable for fiscal year 2019-2020
Fee amount ($)

(As per the Radiocommunication Regulations)
Fee amount ($) for March 31, 2021

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.0% on March 31, 2021)
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.2% on March 31, 2020)
Item 1: For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (a) metropolitan area 124.78 120.68 120.92 118.55 116.00
Item 1: For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (b) other area 57.01 55.14 55.25 54.17 53.00
Item 2: Dispatch — For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (a) high congestion zone 1130.59 1093.41 1095.60 1074.12 1051.00
Item 2: Dispatch — For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (b) medium congestion zone 565.83 547.22 548.32 537.57 526.00
Item 2: Dispatch — For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (c) low congestion zone 281.84 272.57 273.12 267.76 262.00
Item 3: Paging — For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (a) high congestion zone 395.87 382.85 383.62 376.10 368.00
Item 3: Paging — For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (b) medium congestion zone 339.93 328.75 329.41 322.95 316.00
Item 3: Paging — For each assigned transmit or receive frequency (c) low congestion zone 281.84 272.57 273.12 267.76 262.00
Item 6: Narrowband personal communications services radio frequencies (for each 12.5 kHz assigned block of transmit or receive frequencies) 564.76 546.19 547.28 536.55 525.00
Fee schedule applicable for space stations that communicate with fixed stations or space stations
(Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule III, Part VI, sections 56, 58 and 73)
Number of telephone channels per radio frequency assigned to each transmitter or receiver Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by -0.2% on April 1, 2021)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2020-2021 Fees applicable for fiscal year 2019-2020
Fee amount ($) for March 31, 2021

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.0% on March 31, 2021)
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.2% on March 31, 2020)
Fee amount ($)

(As per the Radiocommunication Regulations)
Item 1: From 1 to 24 1266.13 1224.50 1226.95 1202.89 1177.00
Item 2: From 25 to 60 1582.39 1530.36 1533.43 1503.36 1471.00
Item 3: From 61 to 120 1898.66 1836.23 1839.91 1803.83 1765.00
Item 4: From 121 to 300 3390.69 3279.20 3285.77 3221.34 3152.00
Item 5: From 301 to 600 5764.83 5575.27 5586.44 5476.90 5359.00
Item 6: From 601 to 960 8136.80 7869.25 7885.02 7730.41 7564.00
Item 7: From 961 to 1,200 10510.93 10165.31 10185.68 9985.96 9771.00
Item 8: 1,201 or more $10,510.93 plus $2,374.13 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200 $10,165.31 plus $2,296.06 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200 $10,185.68 plus $2,300.66 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200 $9,985.96, plus $2,255.55 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200 $9,771.00, plus $2,207.00 per 300 telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1,200
Fee schedule applicable for stations in the fixed point-to-point service
(Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule III, Part IV.1, subsections 61.1(1) to (3) and 65.1(1) to (3))
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Fee amount ($) per MHz assigned spectrum
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022

(As per the Radiocommunication Regulations)
Fee amount ($) per MHz assigned spectrum
Item 1: Urban area ≤ 890 MHz 2843.50 2750.00
> 890 MHz and ≤ 960 MHz 142.69 138.00
> 960 MHz and ≤ 4200 MHz 46.53 45.00
> 4.2 GHz and ≤ 8.5 GHz 35.16 34.00
> 8.5 GHz and ≤ 15.35 GHz 24.82 24.00
> 15.35 GHz and ≤ 24.25 GHz 16.54 16.00
> 24.25 GHz and ≤ 52.6 GHz 10.34 10.00
> 52.6 GHz 0.52 0.50
Item 2: Rural area ≤ 890 MHz 2274.80 2200.00
> 890 MHz and ≤ 960 MHz 114.15 110.40
> 960 MHz and ≤ 4200 MHz 37.22 36.00
> 4.2 GHz and ≤ 8.5 GHz 28.12 27.20
> 8.5 GHz and ≤ 15.35 GHz 19.85 19.20
> 15.35 GHz and ≤ 24.25 GHz 13.24 12.80
> 24.25 GHz and ≤ 52.6 GHz 8.27 8.00
> 52.6 GHz 0.41 0.40
Item 3: Remote area ≤ 890 MHz 1421.75 1375.00
> 890 MHz and ≤ 960 MHz 71.35 69.00
> 960 MHz and ≤ 4200 MHz 23.27 22.50
> 4.2 GHz and ≤ 8.5 GHz 17.58 17.00
> 8.5 GHz and ≤ 15.35 GHz 12.41 12.00
> 15.35 GHz and ≤ 24.25 GHz 8.27 8.00
> 24.25 GHz and ≤ 52.6 GHz 5.17 5.00
> 52.6 GHz 0.26 0.25
Minimum fee schedule applicable for stations in the fixed point-to-point service
(Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule III, Part IV.2, subsections 61.1(4) and 65.1(4))
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Minimum annual fee ($)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022

(As per the Radiocommunication Regulations)
Minimum annual fee ($)
Item 1: Urban area 72.38 70.00
Item 2: Rural area 57.90 56.00
Item 3: Remote area 36.19 35.00

Table 2: Spectrum authorization (licence) fees

Table 2 sets out the fee amounts currently used by ISED to calculate spectrum licence fees, and shows how they are adjusted by the Consumer Price Index each year, as mandated by the Service Fees Act.

Table 2: Spectrum authorization (licence) fees
Name of fee  Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023

Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022

Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by -0.2% on April 1, 2021)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2020-2021 Fees applicable for fiscal year 2019-2020

Fee amount ($)
Fee amount ($) for March 31, 2021

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.0% on March 31, 2021)
Fee amount ($)

(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.2% on March 31, 2020)
Cellular 824.040 MHz to 848.970 MHz, 869.040 MHz to 893.970 MHz or 1850 MHz to 1990 MHz

(Gazette Notice DGRB-005-03)
$0.03778343 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census) $0.03654103 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census) $0.03661426 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census) $0.03589633 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census) $0.03512361 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census)
Broadband Radio Service (BRS), 2500-2690 MHz

(Gazette Notice DGRB-013-99)
$1.41 per MHz per 1000 households

New BRS licences are no longer issued
$1.36 per MHz per 1000 households

New BRS licences are no longer issued
$1.36 per MHz per 1000 households

New BRS licences are no longer issued
$1.33 per MHz per 1000 households

New BRS licences are no longer issued
$1.30 per MHz per 1000 households



New BRS licences are no longer issued
Broadband Wireless Access, first come, first served (BWA FCFS), 38 GHz

(Gazette Notice DGRB-004-97)
$129.08 per cell per 50 MHz spectrum block

New BWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
$124.84 per cell per 50 MHz spectrum block

New BWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
$125.09 per cell per 50 MHz spectrum block

New BWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
$122.64 per cell per 50 MHz spectrum block

New BWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
$120 per cell per 50 MHz spectrum block




New BWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
Fixed Wireless Access, first come, first served (FWA FCFS), 3400-3550 MHz

(Gazette Notice DGRB-008-99 )
$64.54 per cell per 25 MHz spectrum block

New FWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
$62.42 per cell per 25 MHz spectrum block

New FWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
$62.55 per cell per 25 MHz spectrum block

New FWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
$61.32 per cell per 25 MHz spectrum block

New FWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
$60 per cell per 25 MHz spectrum block




New FWA FCFS licences are no longer issued
Fixed-Satellite Service and Broadcasting-Satellite Service

(Gazette Notice SMSE-008-16)
$129.08 per MHz $124.84 per MHz $125.09 per MHz $122.64 per MHz $120 per MHz
Mobile Satellite Services below 1 GHz

(Gazette Notice DGRB-001-97)
$1226.32 per 100 KHz or portion thereof $1186 per 100 kHz or portion thereof $1188.38  per 100 kHz or portion thereof $1165.08 per 100 kHz or portion thereof $1140 per 100 kHz or portion thereof
Mobile Satellite Services above 1 GHz

(Gazette Notice DGRB-009-99)
$580.89 per 100 kHz or portion thereof $561.79 per 100 kHz or portion thereof $562.92 per 100 kHz or portion thereof $551.88 per 100 kHz or portion thereof $540 per 100 kHz or portion thereof
Narrowband Multipoint Communications Systems that operate in the 1.4 GHz frequency range

(Gazette Notice DGRB-003-01)

For each 1 MHz, there is an annual fee based on the household density of each spectrum grid cell:

  • from 0 to 25 = $6.45
  • from 26 to 250 = $12.90
  • from 251 to 2,500 = $129.08
  • from 2,501 and above = $516.35

For each 1 MHz, there is an annual fee based on the household density of each spectrum grid cell:

  • from 0 to 25 = $6.24
  • from 26 to 250 = $12.48
  • from 251 to 2,500 = $124.84
  • from 2,501 and above = $499.37

For each 1 MHz, there is an annual fee based on the household density of each spectrum grid cell:

  • from 0 to 25 = $6.25
  • from 26 to 250 = $12.51
  • from 251 to 2,500 = $125.09
  • from 2,501 and above = $500.37

For each 1 MHz, there is an annual fee based on the household density of each spectrum grid cell:

  • from 0 to 25 = $6.13
  • from 26 to 250 = $12.26
  • from 251 to 2,500 = $122.64
  • from 2,501 and above = $490.56

For each 1 MHz, there is an annual fee based on the household density of each spectrum grid cell:

  • from 0 to 25 = $6
  • from 26 to 250 = $12
  • from 251 to 2,500 = $120
  • from 2,501 and above = $480
Local Multipoint Communication Systems (LMCS) in the 28 GHz range

(Gazette Notice DGRB-004-96)
New LMCS licences are no longer issued New LMCS licences are no longer issued New LMCS licences are no longer issued New LMCS licences are no longer issued New LMCS licences are no longer issued
Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS), 2500 MHz

(Gazette Notice DGRB-013-99)
MCS and Multipoint Distribution System (MDS) licences were converted to BRS licences in 2011

New MCS licences are no longer issued
MCS and Multipoint Distribution System (MDS) licences were converted to BRS licences in 2011

New MCS licences are no longer issued
MCS and Multipoint Distribution System (MDS) licences were converted to BRS licences in 2011

New MCS licences are no longer issued
MCS and Multipoint Distribution System (MDS) licences were converted to BRS licences in 2011

New MCS licences are no longer issued
MCS and Multipoint Distribution System (MDS) licences were converted to BRS licences in 2011





New MCS licences are no longer issued
Personal Communications Services, 1850-1910 MHz and 1930-1990 MHz, except G Block

(Gazette Notice DGRB-005-03)
$0.03778343 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census) $0.03654103 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census) $0.03661426 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census) $0.03589633 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census) $0.03512361 per MHz per population for the authorized service area (2001 Census)
Public Safety Communications, 4940-4990 MHz

(Gazette Notice DGRB-003-08)
$0.00448147 per 50 MHz per population for the authorized service area (2006 Census) $0.00433411 per 50 MHz per population for the authorized service area (2006 Census) $0.0043428 per 50 MHz per population for the authorized service area (2006 Census) $0.00425765 per 50 MHz per population for the authorized service area (2006 Census) $0.004166 per 50 MHz per population for the authorized service area (2006 Census)
Railway Association of Canada

(Gazette Notice DGRB-007-99)
$16.14 for each 25 km² of the geographic area specified in the radio authorization $15.61 for each 25 km² of the geographic area specified in the radio authorization $15.64 for each 25 km² of the geographic area specified in the radio authorization $15.33 for each 25 km² of the geographic area specified in the radio authorization $15.00 for each 25 km² of the geographic area specified in the radio authorization

Table 3: Equipment certification and registration fees

Table 3 sets out the fee amounts currently used by ISED to calculate telecommunications equipment certification and registration fees, and shows how they are adjusted by the Consumer Price Index each year, as mandated by the Service Fees Act.

Table 3: Equipment certification and registration fees
Name of fee Fees applicable for fiscal year 2022-2023
Fee amount ($)
(Previous fee amount adjusted by 3.4% on April 1, 2022)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2021-2022
Fee amount ($)
(Previous fee amount adjusted by -0.2% on April 1, 2021)
Fees applicable for fiscal year 2020-2021 Fees applicable for fiscal year 2019-2020
Fee amount ($)
(As per Gazette Notice SMSE-008-07, Telecommunications and Radio Apparatus Fee Order)
Fee amount ($) for March 31, 2021
(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.0% on March 31, 2021)
Fee amount ($)
(Previous fee amount adjusted by 2.2% on March 31, 2020)
Assessment Fee $1290.88 per product model regardless of the number of standards being assessed $1248.43 per product model regardless of the number of standards being assessed $1250.93 per product model regardless of the number of standards being assessed $1226.40 per product model regardless of the number of standards being assessed $1200 per product model regardless of the number of standards being assessed
Technical Expertise Fee $161.36 $156.05 $156.37 $153.30 $150.00
Radio Equipment Listing Fee
Note: This fee is not subject to the annual CPI adjustment.
$50 for each product model listed $50 for each product model listed $50 for each product model listed $50 for each product model listed $50 for each product model listed
Terminal Equipment Registration Fee $806.80 for each submission $780.27 for each submission $781.83 for each submission $766.50 for each submission $750 for each submission
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