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RIC-42 — Guide for Calculating Radio Licence Fees

Issue 11
March 2021

Comments and suggestions may be directed to the following address:

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Spectrum Management Operations Branch
235 Queen Street (6th Floor)
Ottawa ON  K1A 0H5

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Email: ic.spectrumoperations-operationsduspectre.ic@canada.ca

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Preface

This Radiocommunication Information Circular (RIC) provides information on how to calculate radio licence fees for radiocommunication systems operating in the public information, developmental, fixed, land mobile and radiodetermination services.

The Service Fees Act requires annual fee adjustments on a selected anniversary date. As of 2021, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) Spectrum and Telecommunications sector is moving its Consumer Price Index (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 for future years.

To implement this anniversary date change, fees for 2021-2022 will be based on two CPI adjustments. Fees will be increased on March 31, 2021, by 2%, and then reduced on April 1, 2021, by 0.2%. More information can be found on the Spectrum and telecommunications fees web page.

The Radiocommunication Regulations exempt certain mobile stations in the aeronautical and maritime services, as well as fixed and mobile stations in the amateur radio service, from the requirement of obtaining a radio licence. Radio apparatus meeting certain exemption criteria is exempted from licensing and fees.

Additional details on exemption criteria for ship and aircraft stations and those for the amateur radio service are available on ISED’s website.

For information on the calculation of licence fees for radiocommunication systems operating in fixed radio frequency bands (such as microwave systems and space stations), please contact one of our ISED district offices.

1. Introduction

Under the Radiocommunication Act, the Minister of Industry (the Minister) is responsible for the orderly development of radiocommunication in Canada. The Minister does this by ensuring orderly deployment and efficient operation of radio stations, while respecting the policy objectives set out in the Telecommunications Act.

The radio authorization process is one of the pillars of the spectrum management program and allows the Minister to manage the radio spectrum. A radio authorization is a licence, certificate or authorization issued by the Minister under paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Radiocommunication Act. Radio licensing ensures radio systems adhere to government policies and technical requirements. Licensing also helps to prevent harmful interference between stations.

2. Related documents

All spectrum-related documents referred to in this paper are available on ISED’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website. Other related documents are listed below.

Spectrum and telecommunications fees

Radiocommunication Act

Radiocommunication Regulations

Telecommunications Act

Department of Industry Act

Service Fees Act

3. Authorities and annual adjustments

Under the Radiocommunication Act, the Governor in Council may set out fees for radio authorizations.

All radio apparatus must be licensed under the Radiocommunication Act unless it is only capable of receiving broadcasting or is exempted under the applicable standard as per the Radiocommunication Regulations (the Regulations).

The Service Fees Act requires that we adjust the fees prescribed in the Regulations annually. When calculating or re-calculating licence fees, it is important to use the individually adjusted rates, which are published on the Spectrum and telecommunications fees web page. Applying the Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment to your previous total licence fee may result in a slightly different amount.

4. General fee information and licence durations

A radio licence fee is the fee payable for the issuance, continuance in force or renewal of a radio licence. The fee may be a monthly fee, an annual fee, or a fee for temporary use of spectrum (i.e. up to 30 days) and is listed for each item in Schedule III, Parts I to VII, of the Regulations. To facilitate calculations, we have provided tables based on these schedules in annexes A to D. All fees listed in these schedules will be adjusted annually according to the Service Fees Act, based on the CPI. See the Spectrum and telecommunications fees web page for details.

  • New and amended licences: A monthly fee is payable for new and amended radio licences issued on or after April 1. The fee is calculated starting from the month the licence is issued (i.e. authorized) to March 31. For example, if you are authorized to begin operations starting July 10, your radio licence fee will be the sum of the nine monthly fees from July 10 until March 31. See below for information on amended licences.
  • Re-issued (renewed) licences: An annual fee is payable for the re-issuance (renewal) of a radio licence before the licence expires on March 31 of each year.
  • Temporary licences: A monthly fee is payable for a temporary radio licence for a term of 30 days or less. A licence spanning two calendar months that has a term of 30 days or less (for example, a 26-day period from July 10 to August 5), pays the fee for one month. Temporary licences are typically issued for special events.

Licence fees must be paid in full before the radio licence can be issued. Once issued, the licence is valid until its expiry date, which is March 31 (for all licences except temporary licences).

No portion of the licence fee is refundable.

There is no charge for a licence amendment if the location and type of service remain the same. If you request an amendment that results in a higher fee, the amendment fee is the difference between the original fee and the new fee.

Changes in operating parameters can result in interference to other systems, including those across the U.S. border. Therefore, you must inform ISED of any changes made to your radio station operating parameters, such as location, frequency, power level, antenna height or pattern. You may also be required to submit a revised application for further review and approval by ISED.

5. Licensing and fee principles

Radiocommunication services define how spectrum is being used. Services listed in the Regulations under Part I, section 3, include aeronautical, amateur radio, public information, developmental, fixed, intersatellite, land mobile, maritime and radiodetermination.

The licence fee is determined by the type of station licensed (e.g. fixed or mobile) and the type of service used. In certain cases, the amount of spectrum required or the number of frequencies assigned, and the location of operations are also taken into account.

A transmitter and its associated receiver are generally located at the same site; however, if they are located at different sites, they are considered as separate stations for licence fee purposes and are licensed accordingly.

Different radio sites are defined as locations that are more than 30 metres apart. In cases where the applicant has two installations on, or in the same building, separated by more than 30 metres, ISED will determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether to authorize each site individually.

6. Considerations for fixed stations

For all fixed stations, there is a separate fee for each transmit and each receive frequency. The total licence fee is the sum of all the individual fees for the station. This does not apply to mobile stations where a single fee applies to the station regardless of the number of frequencies assigned.

Telephone channel equivalencies: For the purpose of calculating the radio licence fees payable for a radio licence authorizing operation on certain frequencies, for radio apparatus installed in a fixed station or space station referred to in section 61 or 65 or 73 of the Radiocommunication Regulations, section 58(c) applies:

One digitally modulated channel is equivalent to the number of telephone channels calculated by dividing the modulation bit rate by 64 kilobits per second.

Duplicate facilities: These facilities shall not be subject to duplicate licences or fees when they are established at the same site for circuit protection purposes and when they have the same frequency complement. Facilities that are not duplicate for circuit protection but are considered to be on the same site will be charged the sum of the fees applicable to the complement of radio apparatus located at that site.

System licensing for service providers: System licensing applies to both mobile dispatch systems (two-way radiocommunications) and to paging systems (one-way radiocommunications). Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-25, Radio Station Licensing Procedure for Radiocommunication Service Providers—System Licensing, provides information on system licensing and how it applies to radio licences issued to service providers and their subscribers, with particular attention given to the concept of high, medium and low congestion zones.

Multipoint communication systems (MCS): These systems consist of either a fixed or mobile master radio station communicating on a one- or two-way basis with associated remote stations. The master station controls, activates or interrogates two or more remote sites, receives communications from these remote sites, or both. An MCS can be operated by a radiocommunication user or a radiocommunication service provider.

Fixed wireless access systems: These are also known as a wireless local loop systems, which are systems that connect subscribers to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) using radio signals for all or part of the connection between the subscriber and the switch. Fixed wireless access generally refers to the use of radio to provide access to a public telecommunications network for telephone and/or data services serving residential and business communities.

7. Fee calculation examples

Monthly fees are used in each of the examples provided. If you wish to renew an existing licence, substitute the monthly fees with the appropriate annual fees for each item.

The Spectrum and telecommunications fees web page is updated with annually adjusted fees when they become available.

Fee calculation examples are shown for:

  1. Fixed station communication with mobile stations located in a metropolitan area
  2. Fixed station communication with multiple mobile stations via a repeater
  3. In-plant paging system
  4. Repeater system for a radiocommunication service provider

Example 1: Fixed station communication with mobile stations located in a metropolitan area

This example describes how to calculate your radio licence fee if the radio system you intend to use is made up of one fixed station communicating with six mobile stations (see figure 1). In this example, the stations are in the Land Mobile Service and not part of a radiocommunication service provider system. You intend to install your fixed station in downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in April.

Figure 1: Fixed station to mobile stations (metropolitan area)

Figure 1: Fixed station to mobile stations (metropolitan area)

Fixed station

Table 1: Fixed station communicating with mobile stations
(metropolitan area) summary
Frequency (MHz)
transmit (TX)
Frequency (MHz)
receive (RX)
Communicating with Channel*
TX
Channel*
RX
160.0000 160.0000 mobile stations 1 1

* Channel means the number of transmit and/or receive frequencies assigned.

  1. Verify with annex E that Saskatoon is a metropolitan area.
  2. Refer to annex A (Land Mobile – Metropolitan Area TX or RX). The radio licence fee for a fixed station communicating with a mobile station in a metropolitan area is calculated using the monthly fee.
    • (April 1 to March 31) for each assigned transmit or receive frequency:
      Monthly fee x Time period
  3. The fee is based on the number of transmit and receive frequencies. There is one transmit frequency and one receive frequency required.
    • Total fee for the fixed station:
      Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee
  4. Table 2: Total fee for the fixed station
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period 
    (months)
    Number of 
    frequencies
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 9.91 12 2 237.84
    2021-22 10.09 12 2 242.16
  5. The fee for a temporary licence (30 days or less) is calculated using the monthly fee for each transmit and receive frequency.
    • Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee
  6. Table 3: Total fee for a temporary licence
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
     (months)
    Number of 
    frequencies
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 9.91 1 2 19.82
    2021-22 10.09 1 2 20.18

Mobile stations

Table 4: Mobile stations to fixed station summary
Frequency (MHz)
transmit (TX)
Frequency (MHz)
receive (RX)
Communicating with Channel*
TX
Channel*
RX
160.0000 160.0000 fixed station 1 1

* Channel means the number of transmit and/or receive frequencies assigned.

  1. Refer to annex A (Mobile, All Other Mobile Stations). The radio licence fee for each mobile station is calculated using the monthly fee.
    • (April 1 to March 31) for each mobile station:
      Monthly fee x Time period = Fee per unit
  2. Table 5: Fee per unit
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
     (months)
    Fee per 
    unit ($)
    2020-21 3.47 12 41.64
    2021-22 3.53 12 42.36
  3. Multiply the fee per unit by the number of mobile stations involved (six) to get the total licence fee for the mobile stations.
    • Fee per unit x Number of units = Total fee
  4. Table 6: Total fee for the mobile stations
    Fiscal year Fee per 
    unit ($)
    Number of
     units
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 41.64 6 249.84
    2021-22 42.36 6 254.16
  5. The fee for a temporary licence (30 days or less) is calculated using the monthly fee for each mobile station.
    • Monthly fee x Time period x Number of units = Total fee
  6. Table 7: Total fee for a temporary licence
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
     (months)
    Number of
     units
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 3.47 1 6 20.82
    2021-22 3.53 1 6 21.18

Total system fee calculation

Fixed station fee + Mobile stations fee = Total licence fee

  1. Table 8: Total system fee calculation
    Fiscal year Fixed station
     fee ($)
    Mobile station
     fee ($)
    Total licence
     fee for
     initial
     radio 
    licence ($)
    2020-21 237.84 249.84 487.68
    2021-22 242.16 254.16 496.32

For a station located in a non-metropolitan area, refer to annex A (Land Mobile – Other Area TX or RX). The same calculations apply.

Example 2: Fixed station communication with multiple mobile stations via a repeater

This example describes how to calculate your radio licence fee if the radio system that you intend to use is made up of one fixed station communicating with eight mobile stations via a repeater (see figure 2). In this example, the stations are in the Land Mobile Service and not part of a radiocommunication service provider system. You intend to install your fixed station in June in an area that is not considered metropolitan under annex E.

Figure 2: Fixed station communication with multiple mobile stations via a repeater

Figure 2: Fixed station communication with multiple mobile stations via a repeater

Fixed station

Table 9: Fixed station (i.e. base station) to fixed station (i.e. the repeater) summary
Frequency (MHz)
transmit (TX)
Frequency (MHz)
receive (RX)
Communicating with Channel*
TX
Channel*
RX
160.0000 161.0000 mobile stations via repeater 1 1

* Channel means the number of transmit and/or receive frequencies assigned.

  1. Refer to annex B. The fee for a fixed station (i.e. base station) communicating with another fixed station (i.e. the repeater) is calculated using the monthly fee.
    • (June 1 to March 31) for each assigned transmit or receive frequency:
      Monthly fee x Time period
  2. The fee is based on the number of assigned transmit and receive frequencies. There is one transmit and one receive required.
    • Total fee for the fixed station:
      Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee
  3. Table 10: Total fee for the fixed station
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
     (months)
    Number of
     frequencies
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 2.86 10 2 57.20
    2021-22 2.91 10 2 58.20
  4. The fee for a temporary licence (30 days or less) is calculated using the monthly fee for each transmit and receive frequency.
    • Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee
  5. Table 11: Total fee for a temporary licence
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
     (months)
    Number of
     frequencies
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 2.86 1 2 5.72
    2021-22 2.91 1 2 5.82

Repeater station

The repeater is made up of the two components as described below. Of note, when there are no fixed stations communicating via the repeater (i.e. mobiles only) the “fixed station communicating with another fixed station” component does not apply, similar to example 1.

  1. A fixed station (i.e. the repeater) communicating with another fixed station (i.e. the base station):
    • Refer to annex B. The fee for a fixed station communicating with another fixed station is calculated using the monthly fee.

      (June to March) for each assigned transmit or receive frequency:
      Monthly fee x Time period

    • Since the fee is based on the number of assigned transmit and receive frequencies, and there is one transmit and one receive required, the total fee for the fixed station is:

      Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee

    • Table 12: Total fixed to fixed station fee
      Fiscal year Monthly 
      fee ($)
      Time period
       (months)
      Number of
       frequencies
      Total 
      fee ($)
      2020-21 2.86 10 2 57.20
      2021-22 2.91 10 2 58.20
    • The fee for a temporary licence (30 days or less) is calculated using the monthly fee for each transmit and receive frequency:

      Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee

    • Table 13: Total fee for a temporary licence
      Fiscal year Monthly 
      fee ($)
      Time period
      (months)
      Number of
      frequencies
      Total 
      fee ($)
      2020-21 2.86 1 2 5.72
      2021-22 2.91 1 2 5.82
  2. A fixed station (i.e. the repeater) communicating with a mobile station:
    • Refer to annex A (Land Mobile – Other Area TX or RX). The fee for a fixed station communicating with mobile stations is calculated using the monthly fee.

      (June to March) for each assigned transmit or receive frequency:
      Monthly fee x Time period

    • Since the fee is based on the number of assigned transmit and receive frequencies, and there is one transmit and one receive required, the total fee for the fixed station is:

      Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee

    • Table 14: Total fixed to mobile station fee
      Fiscal year Monthly 
      fee ($)
      Time period
      (months)
      Number of
      frequencies
      Total 
      fee ($)
      2020-21 4.50 10 2 90.00
      2021-22 4.58 10 2 91.60
    • The fee for a temporary licence (30 days or less) is calculated using the monthly fee for each transmit and receive frequency:

      Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee

    • Table 15: Total fee for a temporary licence
      Fiscal year Monthly 
      fee ($)
      Time period
      (months)
      Number of
      frequencies
      Total 
      fee ($)
      2020-21 4.50 1 2 9.00
      2021-22 4.58 1 2 9.16

The total licence fee for the repeater station:

Fixed to fixed station fee + Fixed to mobile station fee = Total repeater licence fee

  • Table 16: Total licence fee for the repeater station
    Fiscal year Fixed to 
    fixed station
    fee ($)
    Fixed to 
    mobile station
    fee ($)
    Total repeater
    licence 
    fee for 
    initial radio
    licence ($)
    2020-21 57.20 90.00 147.20
    2021-22 58.20 91.60 149.80

Mobile stations

Table 17: Mobile stations to fixed station via a repeater summary
Frequency (MHz)
transmit (TX)
Frequency (MHz)
receive (RX)
Communicating with Channel*
TX
Channel*
RX
160.0000 161.0000 fixed station via repeater 1 1

* Channel means the number of transmit and/or receive frequencies assigned.

  1. Refer to annex A (Mobile, All Other Mobile Stations). The fee for each mobile station is calculated using the monthly fee.

    (June to March) for each mobile station:
    Monthly fee x Time period = Fee per unit

  2. Table 18: Fee per unit
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
    (months)
    Fee per
    unit ($)
    2020-21 3.47 10 34.70
    2021-22 3.53 10 35.30
  3. Multiply the fee per unit by the number of mobile stations involved (eight) to get the total licence fee for the mobile stations:

    Fee per unit x Number of units = Total fee

  4. Table 19: Total fee for the mobile stations
    Fiscal year Fee per
    unit ($)
    Number of
    units
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 34.70 8 277.60
    2021-22 35.30 8 282.40
  5. The fee for a temporary licence (30 days or less) is calculated using the monthly fee for each mobile station:

    Monthly fee x Time period x Number of units = Total fee

  6. Table 20: Total fee for a temporary licence
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
     (months)
    Number 
    of units
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 3.47 1 8 27.76
    2021-22 3.53 1 8 28.24

Total system fee calculation

Fixed station fee + 2 Repeater station fees (fixed to fixed + fixed to mobile) + Mobile stations fee = Total licence fee

Table 21: Total system fee calculation
Fiscal year Fixed station
fee ($)
Repeater station
fee ($)
Mobile stations
fee ($)
Total licence
fee for
initial radio
licence ($)
2020-21 57.20 57.20 + 90.00 277.60 482.00
2021-22 58.20 58.20 + 91.60 282.40 490.40

Example 3: In-plant paging system

This example describes how to calculate your licence fee if you intend to install an in-plant paging system for your business (see figure 3). Your business is in downtown Saint John, New Brunswick, and you would like an authorization starting in April.

Figure 3: In-plant paging system

Figure 3: In-plant paging system

Fixed station

Table 22: In-plant paging system summary
Frequency (MHz)
transmit (TX)
Frequency (MHz)
receive (RX)
Communicating with Channel*
TX
Channel*
RX
149.0000 - paging receiver 1 -

* Channel means the number of transmit and/or receive frequencies assigned.

  1. Verify with annex E that Saint John is a metropolitan area.
  2. Refer to annex A (Land Mobile – Metropolitan Area TX or RX). The licence fee for a fixed station communicating with a mobile station in a metropolitan area is calculated using the monthly fee.

    (April 1 to March 31) for each assigned transmit or receive frequency:
    Monthly fee x Time period

  3. Since there is no receive frequency, the total fee for the paging transmitter is:

    Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee

  4. Table 23: Total fee for the paging transmitter
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
    (months)
    Number of
    frequencies
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 9.91 12 1 118.92
    2021-22 10.09 12 1 121.08
  5. The fee for a temporary licence (30 days or less) is calculated using the monthly fee for the transmit frequency:

    Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee

  6. Table 24: Total fee for a temporary licence
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
    (months)
    Number of
    frequencies
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 9.91 1 1 9.91
    2021-22 10.09 1 1 10.09

Total system fee calculation

Total licence fee = Fixed station fee (since paging receivers are licence exempt and therefore exempt from fees)

  • Table 25: Total system fee calculation
    Fiscal year Fixed station
    fee ($)
    Paging 
    receivers ($)
    Total licence
    fee for
    initial radio
    licence ($)
    2020-21 118.92 0 118.92
    2021-22 121.08 0 121.08

The fee applicable to radiocommunication service providers providing paging services is outlined in annex D.

Example 4: Repeater system for a radiocommunication service provider

This example describes how to calculate your radio licence fee for a repeater system if you are a radiocommunication service provider in the Land Mobile Service (see figure 4). You intend to put the system in operation in April. The station is in downtown Ottawa, Ontario.

Figure 4: Repeater system for a radiocommunication service provider (Land Mobile Service)

Figure 4: Repeater system for a radiocommunication service provider (Land Mobile Service)

Repeater station

Table 26: Repeater system, Land Mobile Service (medium congestion zone) summary
Frequency (MHz)
transmit (TX)
Frequency (MHz)
receive (RX)
Communicating with Channel*
TX
Channel*
RX
460.0375 465.0375 subscribers 1 1

* Channel means the number of transmit and/or receive frequencies assigned.

  1. Verify in annex G that Ottawa is in a medium congestion zone.
  2. Refer to annex D (Dispatch). The licence fee for a fixed station in the Land Mobile Service, which is installed in a medium congestion zone, is calculated using the monthly fee for one year.

    (April 1 to March 31) for each assigned transmit or receive frequency:
    Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee

  3. Table 27: Total fee for the repeater station
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
    (months)
    Number of
    frequencies
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 44.76 12 2 1074.24
    2021-22 45.57 12 2 1093.68
  4. The fee for a temporary licence (30 days or less) is calculated using the monthly fee for each transmit and receive frequency:

    Monthly fee x Time period x Number of frequencies = Total fee

  5. Table 28: Total fee for a temporary licence
    Fiscal year Monthly 
    fee ($)
    Time period
    (months)
    Number of
    frequencies
    Total 
    fee ($)
    2020-21 44.76 1 2 89.52
    2021-22 45.57 1 2 91.14

In the case where a radiocommunication service provider is using radio links between stations, the function of the links is not for dispatch purposes but for point-to-point communications between fixed stations. Fees for point-to-point communications are updated as of April 1, 2021. Please refer to the Licence Fee Modernization web page for more information.

Annex A: Radiocommunication user radio station fees

The tables below show the applicable fees for the various types of installations.

  • Table A1 is effective as of April 1, 2021
  • Table A2 is effective as of March 31, 2020

Effective date: April 1, 2021

Table A1: Radiocommunication user radio station fees
FIXED Type of installation and Radiocommunication Regulations section(s) Annual fee ($) Temporary/ monthly fee ($) Pro-rated monthly fees ($)
APR. MAY JUNE JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. JAN. FEB. MAR.
Land Mobile – Metropolitan Area TX or RX (63, 64) 120.68 10.09 121.08 110.99 100.9 90.81 80.72 70.63 60.54 50.45 40.36 30.27 20.18 10.09
Land Mobile – Other Area TX or RX (63, 64) 55.14 4.58 54.96 50.38 45.80 41.22 36.64 32.06 27.48 22.90 18.32 13.74 9.16 4.58
Public Information Service (62 (2)) 37.45 3.12 37.44 34.32 31.20 28.08 24.96 21.84 18.72 15.60 12.48 9.36 6.24 3.12
Other Fixed Stations Not Otherwise Described (72) 42.65 3.53 42.36 38.83 35.30 31.77 28.24 24.71 21.18 17.65 14.12 10.59 7.06 3.53
User HF 1.7-30 MHz (62 (1)) 42.65 3.53 42.36 38.83 35.30 31.77 28.24 24.71 21.18 17.65 14.12 10.59 7.06 3.53
Non-Exempted Subscriber to a Service Provider (62 (1)) 42.65 3.53 42.36 38.83 35.30 31.77 28.24 24.71 21.18 17.65 14.12 10.59 7.06 3.53
Aeronautical,
Developmental,
Maritime, and
Radiodetermination (62 (1))
42.65 3.53 42.36 38.83 35.30 31.77 28.24 24.71 21.18 17.65 14.12 10.59 7.06 3.53
MOBILE Aircraft / Ship (60 (1)) 37.45 3.12 37.44 34.32 31.20 28.08 24.96 21.84 18.72 15.60 12.48 9.36 6.24 3.12
Public Information Service (60 (2)) 37.45 3.12 37.44 34.32 31.20 28.08 24.96 21.84 18.72 15.60 12.48 9.36 6.24 3.12
All Other Mobile Stations
(60 (3), (4), (5), (6))
42.65 3.53 42.36 38.83 35.30 31.77 28.24 24.71 21.18 17.65 14.12 10.59 7.06 3.53

Effective date: March 31, 2020

Table A2: Radiocommunication user radio station fees
FIXED Type of installation and Radiocommunication Regulations section(s) Annual fee ($) Temporary/ monthly fee ($) Pro-rated monthly fees ($)
APR. MAY JUNE JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. JAN. FEB. MAR.
Land Mobile – Metropolitan Area TX or RX (63, 64) 118.55 9.91 118.92 109.01 99.10 89.19 79.28 69.37 59.46 49.55 39.64 29.73 19.82 9.91
Land Mobile – Other Area
TX or RX (63, 64)
54.17 4.50 54.00 49.50 45.00 40.50 36.00 31.50 27.00 22.50 18.00 13.50 9.00 4.50
Public Information Service (62 (2)) 36.79 3.07 36.84 33.77 30.70 27.63 24.56 21.49 18.42 15.35 12.28 9.21 6.14 3.07
Other Fixed Stations Not Otherwise Described (72) 41.90 3.47 41.64 38.17 34.70 31.23 27.76 24.29 20.82 17.35 13.88 10.41 6.94 3.47
User HF 1.7-30 MHz (62 (1)) 41.90 3.47 41.64 38.17 34.70 31.23 27.76 24.29 20.82 17.35 13.88 10.41 6.94 3.47
Non-Exempted Subscriber to a Service Provider (62 (1)) 41.90 3.47 41.64 38.17 34.70 31.23 27.76 24.29 20.82 17.35 13.88 10.41 6.94 3.47
Aeronautical,
Developmental,
Maritime, and
Radiodetermination (62 (1))
41.90 3.47 41.64 38.17 34.70 31.23 27.76 24.29 20.82 17.35 13.88 10.41 6.94 3.47
MOBILE Aircraft / Ship (60 (1)) 36.79 3.07 36.84 33.77 30.70 27.63 24.56 21.49 18.42 15.35 12.28 9.21 6.14 3.07
Public Information Service (60 (2)) 36.79 3.07 36.84 33.77 30.70 27.63 24.56 21.49 18.42 15.35 12.28 9.21 6.14 3.07
All Other Mobile Stations
(60 (3), (4), (5), (6))
41.90 3.47 41.64 38.17 34.70 31.23 27.76 24.29 20.82 17.35 13.88 10.41 6.94 3.47

Annex B: Fees for a fixed station that communicates with another fixed station or a space station

The tables below show the applicable fees for a fixed station that communicates with another fixed station or a space station.

  • Table B1 is effective as of April 1, 2021
  • Table B2 is effective as of March 31, 2020

Effective date: April 1, 2021

Table B1: Fees for a fixed station that communicates with another fixed station or a space station
Radiocommunication Regulations item and section(s) Number of telephone channels per radio frequency assigned to each transmitter or receiver Annual fee ($) Temporary / monthly fee ($) Pro-rated monthly fees ($)
APR. MAY JUNE JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. JAN. FEB. MAR.
1 (61, 65) From 1 to 24 channels 35.38 2.91 34.92 32.01 29.10 26.19 23.28 20.37 17.46 14.55 11.64 8.73 5.82 2.91
2 (61, 65) From 25 to 60 channels 43.69 3.64 43.68 40.04 36.40 32.76 29.12 25.48 21.84 18.20 14.56 10.92 7.28 3.64
3 (61, 65) From 61 to 120 channels 52.02 4.37 52.44 48.07 43.70 39.33 34.96 30.59 26.22 21.85 17.48 13.11 8.74 4.37
4 (61, 65) From 121 to 300 channels 94.67 7.91 94.92 87.01 79.10 71.19 63.28 55.37 47.46 39.55 31.64 23.73 15.82 7.91
5 (61, 65) From 301 to 600 channels 157.10 13.11 157.32 144.21 131.10 117.99 104.88 91.77 78.66 65.55 52.44 39.33 26.22 13.11
6 (61, 65) From 601 to 960 channels 221.60 18.51 222.12 203.61 185.10 166.59 148.08 129.57 111.06 92.55 74.04 55.53 37.02 18.51
7 (61, 65) From 961 to 1200 channels 288.17 24.03 288.36 264.33 240.30 216.27 192.24 168.21 144.18 120.15 96.12 72.09 48.06 24.03
8 (61, 65) From 1201 or more channels* 65.55 5.52 66.24 60.72 55.20 49.68 44.16 38.64 33.12 27.60 22.08 16.56 11.04 5.52

*1201 channels or more: The appropriate fee for item 7 plus the appropriate fee in item 8 per 300 additional telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1200.


Effective date: March 31, 2020

Table B2: Fees for a fixed station that communicates with another fixed station or a space station
Radiocommunication Regulations item and section(s) Number of telephone channels per radio frequency assigned to each transmitter or receiver Annual fee ($) Temporary / monthly fee ($) Pro-rated monthly fees ($)
APR. MAY JUNE JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. JAN. FEB. MAR.
1 (61, 65) From 1 to 24 channels 34.75 2.86 34.32 31.46 28.60 25.74 22.88 20.02 17.16 14.30 11.44 8.58 5.72 2.86
2 (61, 65) From 25 to 60 channels 42.92 3.58 42.96 39.38 35.80 32.22 28.64 25.06 21.48 17.90 14.32 10.74 7.16 3.58
3 (61, 65) From 61 to 120 channels 51.10 4.29 51.48 47.19 42.90 38.61 34.32 30.03 25.74 21.45 17.16 12.87 8.58 4.29
4 (61, 65) From 121 to 300 channels 93.00 7.77 93.24 85.47 77.70 69.93 62.16 54.39 46.62 38.85 31.08 23.31 15.54 7.77
5 (61, 65) From 301 to 600 channels 154.32 12.88 154.56 141.68 128.80 115.92 103.04 90.16 77.28 64.40 51.52 38.64 25.76 12.88
6 (61, 65) From 601 to 960 channels 217.69 18.19 218.28 200.09 181.90 163.71 145.52 127.33 109.14 90.95 72.76 54.57 36.38 18.19
7 (61, 65) From 961 to 1200 channels 283.09 23.61 283.32 259.71 236.10 212.49 188.88 165.27 141.66 118.05 94.44 70.83 47.22 23.61
8 (61, 65) From 1201 or more channels* 64.39 5.42 65.04 59.62 54.20 48.78 43.36 37.94 32.52 27.10 21.68 16.26 10.84 5.42

*1201 channels or more: The appropriate fee for item 7 plus the appropriate fee in item 8 per 300 additional telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1200.

Annex C: Radio licence fees for a space station that communicates with a fixed or a space station

The tables below show the applicable fees for a space station that communicates with a fixed or a space station.

  • Table C1 is effective as of April 1, 2021
  • Table C2 is effective as of March 31, 2020

Effective date: April 1, 2021

Table C1: Radio licence fees for a space station that communicates with a fixed or a space station
Radiocommunication Regulations item and section Number of telephone channels per radio frequency assigned for each transmitter or receiver Annual fee ($) Temporary / monthly fee ($) Pro-rated monthly fees ($)
APR. MAY JUNE JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. JAN. FEB. MAR.
1 (73) From 1 to 24 channels 1224.50 102.07 1224.84 1122.77 1020.70 918.63 816.56 714.49 612.42 510.35 408.28 306.21 204.14 102.07
2 (73) From 25 to 60 channels 1530.36 127.55 1530.60 1403.05 1275.50 1147.95 1020.40 892.85 765.30 637.75 510.20 382.65 255.10 127.55
3 (73) From 61 to 120 channels 1836.23 153.04 1836.48 1683.44 1530.40 1377.36 1224.32 1071.28 918.24 765.20 612.16 459.12 306.08 153.04
4 (73) From 121 to 300 channels 3279.20 273.30 3279.60 3006.30 2733.00 2459.70 2186.40 1913.10 1639.80 1366.50 1093.20 819.90 546.60 273.30
5 (73) From 301 to 600 channels 5575.27 464.63 5575.56 5110.93 4646.30 4181.67 3717.04 3252.41 2787.78 2323.15 1858.52 1393.89 929.26 464.63
6 (73) From 601 to 960 channels 7869.25 655.74 7868.88 7213.14 6557.40 5901.66 5245.92 4590.18 3934.44 3278.70 2622.96 1967.22 1311.48 655.74
7 (73) From 961 to 1200 channels 10165.31 847.15 10165.80 9318.65 8471.50 7624.35 6777.20 5930.05 5082.90 4235.75 3388.60 2541.45 1694.30 847.15
8 (73) From 1201 or more channels* 2296.06 191.33 2295.96 2104.63 1913.30 1721.97 1530.64 1339.31 1147.98 956.65 765.32 573.99 382.66 191.33

*1201 channels or more: The appropriate fee for item 7 plus the appropriate fee in item 8 per 300 additional telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1200.


Effective date: March 31, 2020

Table C2: Radio licence fees for a space station that communicates with a fixed or a space station
Radiocommunication Regulations item and section Number of telephone channels per radio frequency assigned for each transmitter or receiver Annual fee ($) Temporary / monthly fee ($) Pro-rated monthly fees ($)
APR. MAY JUNE JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. JAN. FEB. MAR.
1 (73) From 1 to 24 channels 1,202.89 100.26 1203.12 1102.86 1002.60 902.34 802.08 701.82 601.56 501.30 401.04 300.78 200.52 100.26
2 (73) From 25 to 60 channels 1,503.36 125.30 1503.60 1378.30 1253.00 1127.70 1002.40 877.10 751.80 626.50 501.20 375.90 250.60 125.30
3 (73) From 61 to 120 channels 1,803.83 150.34 1804.08 1653.74 1503.40 1353.06 1202.72 1052.38 902.04 751.70 601.36 451.02 300.68 150.34
4 (73) From 121 to 300 channels 3,221.34 268.48 3221.76 2953.28 2684.80 2416.32 2147.84 1879.36 1610.88 1342.40 1073.92 805.44 536.96 268.48
5 (73) From 301 to 600 channels 5,476.90 456.43 5477.16 5020.73 4564.30 4107.87 3651.44 3195.01 2738.58 2282.15 1825.72 1369.29 912.86 456.43
6 (73) From 601 to 960 channels 7,730.41 644.17 7730.04 7085.87 6441.70 5797.53 5153.36 4509.19 3865.02 3220.85 2576.68 1932.51 1288.34 644.17
7 (73) From 961 to 1200 channels 9,985.96 832.21 9986.52 9154.31 8322.10 7489.89 6657.68 5825.47 4993.26 4161.05 3328.84 2496.63 1664.42 832.21
8 (73) From 1201 or more channels* 2,255.55 187.95 2255.40 2067.45 1879.50 1691.55 1503.60 1315.65 1127.70 939.75 751.80 563.85 375.90 187.95

*1201 channels or more: The appropriate fee for item 7 plus the appropriate fee in item 8 per 300 additional telephone channels or portion thereof in excess of 1200.

Annex D: Radiocommunication service provider radio station fees

The tables below show the pro-rated monthly fees for provider radio stations.

  • Table D1 is effective as of April 1, 2021
  • Table D2 is effective as of March 31, 2020

Effective date: April 1, 2021

Table D1: Radiocommunication service provider radio station fees
Type of installation and Radiocommunication Regulations section Annual fee ($) Temporary / monthly fee ($) Pro-rated monthly fees ($)
APR. MAY JUNE JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. JAN. FEB. MAR.
Dispatch/Trunking Service Provider (67) Zone A (high) 1,093.41 91.14 1093.68 1002.54 911.40 820.26 729.12 637.98 546.84 455.70 364.56 273.42 182.28 91.14
Zone B (medium) 547.22 45.57 546.84 501.27 455.70 410.13 364.56 318.99 273.42 227.85 182.28 136.71 91.14 45.57
Zone C (low) 272.57 22.68 272.16 249.48 226.80 204.12 181.44 158.76 136.08 113.40 90.72 68.04 45.36 22.68
Paging Service Provider (68) Zone A (high) 382.85 31.95 383.40 351.45 319.50 287.55 255.60 223.65 191.70 159.75 127.80 95.85 63.90 31.95
Zone B (medium) 328.75 27.37 328.44 301.07 273.70 246.33 218.96 191.59 164.22 136.85 109.48 82.11 54.74 27.37
Zone C (low) 272.57 22.68 272.16 249.48 226.80 204.12 181.44 158.76 136.08 113.40 90.72 68.04 45.36 22.68
Narrowband PCS
(For Each 12.5 KHz Assigned Block) (71)
546.19 45.57 546.84 501.27 455.70 410.13 364.56 318.99 273.42 227.85 182.28 136.71 91.14 45.57

Effective date: March 31, 2020

Table D2: Radiocommunication service provider radio station fees
Type of installation and Radiocommunication Regulations section(s) Annual fee ($) Temporary / monthly fee ($) Pro-rated monthly fees ($)
APR. MAY JUNE JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. JAN. FEB. MAR.
Dispatch/Trunking Service Provider (67) Zone A (high) 1,074.12 89.53 1074.36 984.83 895.30 805.77 716.24 626.71 537.18 447.65 358.12 268.59 179.06 89.53
Zone B (medium) 537.57 44.76 537.12 492.36 447.60 402.84 358.08 313.32 268.56 223.80 179.04 134.28 89.52 44.76
Zone C (low) 267.76 22.28 267.36 245.08 222.80 200.52 178.24 155.96 133.68 111.40 89.12 66.84 44.56 22.28
Paging Service Provider (68) Zone A (high) 376.10 31.38 376.56 345.18 313.80 282.42 251.04 219.66 188.28 156.90 125.52 94.14 62.76 31.38
Zone B (medium) 322.95 26.88 322.56 295.68 268.80 241.92 215.04 188.16 161.28 134.40 107.52 80.64 53.76 26.88
Zone C (low) 267.76 22.28 267.36 245.08 222.80 200.52 178.24 155.96 133.68 111.40 89.12 66.84 44.56 22.28
Narrowband PCS
(For Each 12.5 KHz Assigned Block) (71)
536.55 44.76 537.12 492.36 447.60 402.84 358.08 313.32 268.56 223.80 179.04 134.28 89.52 44.76

Annex E: Metropolitan areas

Table E1 lists the metropolitan areas as per the Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule IV.

Table E1: Metropolitan areas
Item Metropolitan area North latitude West longitude
1 Calgary, Alberta 50° 51' 51° 13' 113° 50' 114° 18'
2 Chicoutimi-Jonquière, Quebec 48° 22' 48° 27' 70° 55' 71° 12'
3 Edmonton, Alberta 53° 19' 53° 45' 113° 10' 113° 45'
4 Halifax, Nova Scotia 44° 35' 44° 43' 63° 19' 63° 40'
5 Hamilton, Ontario 43° 09' 43° 24' 79° 43' 80° 00'
6 Kitchener, Ontario 43° 20' 43° 32' 80° 16' 80° 36'
7 London, Ontario 42° 54' 43° 03' 81° 08' 81° 21'
8 Montréal, Quebec 45° 21' 45° 45' 73° 18' 74° 00'
9 Oshawa, Ontario 43° 50' 43° 57' 78° 45' 78° 55'
10 Ottawa-Hull, Ontario, Quebec 45° 17' 45° 30' 75° 30' 75° 55'
11 Québec, Quebec 46° 41' 46° 52' 71° 06' 71° 25'
12 Regina, Saskatchewan 50° 22' 50° 33' 104° 29' 104° 43'
13 Saint John, New Brunswick 45° 13' 45° 18' 66° 00' 66° 10'
14 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 52° 04' 52° 15' 106° 23' 106° 47'
15 St. Catharines-Niagara, Ontario 43° 03' 43° 17' 79° 02' 79° 20'
16 St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador 47° 30' 57° 38' 52° 32' 52° 48'
17 Sudbury, Ontario 46° 25' 46° 34' 80° 46' 81° 02'
18 Thunder Bay, Ontario 48° 18' 48° 29' 89° 09' 89° 20'
19 Toronto, Ontario 43° 24' 43° 55' 78° 55' 79° 43'
20 Vancouver, British Columbia 49° 00' 49° 23' 122° 31' 123° 17'
21 Victoria, British Columbia 48° 24'. 48° 45' 123° 15' 123° 32'
22 Windsor, Ontario 42° 13' 42° 21' 82° 50' 83° 07'
23 Winnipeg, Manitoba 49° 42' 50° 00' 96° 57' 97° 30'

Annex F: High congestion zones

Table F1 lists the high congestion zones as per the Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule V.

Table F1: High congestion zones
    Geographical coordinates
Item Regional area North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long.
1 Calgary, Alberta 51° 06' 114° 13' 51° 06' 113° 58' 50° 57' 113° 58' 50° 57' 114° 13' - - - -
2 Edmonton, Alberta 53° 36' 113° 37' 53° 36' 113° 23' 53° 28' 113° 23' 53° 28' 113° 37' - - - -
3 Montréal, Quebec 45° 24' 74° 00' 45° 41' 73° 44' 45° 42' 73° 27' 45° 31' >73° 24' 45° 24' 73° 27' - -
4 Toronto, Ontario 44° 08' 79° 40' 44° 00' 78° 45' 43° 02' 78° 45' 43° 02' 79° 30' 43° 10' 80° 00' 43° 40' 80° 00'
5 Vancouver, British Columbia 49° 23' 123° 25' 49° 23' 122° 08' 49° 00' 122° 08' 49° 00' 123° 20' 49° 19' 123° 25' - -
6 Victoria, British Columbia 49° 20' 124° 30' 49° 20' 124° 00' 48° 50' 123° 00' 48° 18' 123° 15' 48° 18' 123° 45' 48° 35' 123° 45'

Annex G: Medium congestion zones

Table G1 lists the medium congestion zones as per the Radiocommunication Regulations, Schedule VI.

Table G1: Medium congestion zones
    Geographical coordinates
Item Regional area North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long. North lat. West long.
1 Calgary, Alberta 51° 13' 114° 18' 51° 13' 113° 50' 50° 51' 113° 50' 50° 51' 114° 18' - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Chicoutimi, Quebec 48° 23' 71° 18' 48° 28' 71° 18' 48° 38' 70° 48' 48° 33' 70° 48' 48° 23' 71° 00' - - - - - - - - - -
3 Chilliwack, British Columbia 49° 23' 122° 08' 49° 23' 121° 30' 49° 00' 121° 30' 49° 00' 122° 08' - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Edmonton, Alberta 53° 45' 113° 45' 53° 45' 113° 10' 53° 19' 113° 10' 53° 19' 113° 45' - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Halifax, Nova Scotia 44° 48' 63° 46' 44° 48' 63° 25' 44° 33' 63° 25' 44° 33' 63° 46' - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 London, Ontario 43° 08' 81° 26' 43° 08' 81° 03' 42° 54' 81° 03' 42° 54' 81° 26' - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Montréal, Quebec 45° 36' 74° 31' 46° 03' 73° 28' 46° 03' 73° 04' 45° 32' 72° 52' 45° 21' 72° 10' 45° 30' 71° 45' 45° 20' 71° 45' 45° 12' 72° 10' 45° 12' 74° 07' - -
8 Ottawa, Ontario 45° 35' 76° 00' 45° 35' 75° 25' 45° 12' 75° 25' 45° 12' 76° 00' - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Québec, Quebec 46° 49' 71° 32' 46° 40' 71° 22' 46° 40' 71° 13' 46° 49' 71° 06' 46° 55' 71° 10' 46° 55' 71° 20' - - - - - - - -
10 Regina, Saskatchewan 50° 33' 104° 43' 50° 33' 104° 29' 50° 22' 104° 29' 50° 22' 104° 43' - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Saint John, New Brunswick 45° 18' 66° 12' 45° 24' 66° 00' 45° 10' 66° 00' 45° 10' 66° 12' - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 52° 12' 106° 45' 52° 12' 106° 23' 52° 05' 106° 23' 52° 05' 106° 45' - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador 47° 38' 52° 50' 47° 38' 52° 36' 47° 29' 52° 36' 47° 29' 52° 50' - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Sudbury, Ontario 46° 36' 81° 07' 46° 36' 80° 46' 46° 25' 80° 46' 46° 25' 81° 07' - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Thunder Bay, Ontario 48° 29' 89° 20' 48° 29' 89° 09' 48° 18' 89° 09' 48° 18' 89° 20' - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Toronto, Ontario 44° 16' 79° 20' 44° 07' 78° 30' 42° 53' 78° 30' 42° 53' 80° 00' 43° 20' 80° 45' 43° 40' 80° 45' 43° 40' 80° 22' 44° 02' 80° 00' 44° 40' 80° 00' 44° 40' 79° 20'
17 Trois-Rivières, Quebec 46° 32' 72° 42' 46° 32' 72° 35' 46° 23' 72° 27' 46° 18' 72° 35' - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Vancouver, British Columbia 49° 50' 124° 50' 50° 00' 124° 30' 49° 23' 123° 10' 49° 23' 123° 25' 49° 19' 123° 25' 49° 00' 123° 20' 49° 20' 124° 00' - - - - - -
19 Victoria, British Columbia 49° 50' 125° 20' 49° 50' 124° 50' 49° 20' 124° 00' 49° 20' 124° 30' 48° 35' 123° 45' 48° 18' 123° 45' 49° 20' 125° 20' - - - - - -
20 Windsor, Ontario 42° 21' 83° 07' 42° 21' 82° 45' 42° 05' 82° 45' 42° 05' 83° 07' - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Winnipeg, Manitoba 50° 02' 97° 22' 50° 02' 96° 51' 49° 44' 96° 51' 49° 44' 97° 22' - - - - - - - - - - - -
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