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Gazette Notice SMSE-009-17

Posted on March 2, 2017
Publication Date in Canada Gazette: March 4, 2017

Notice No. SMSE-009-17 — Consultation on the Licensing Framework for Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (NGSO) Systems and Clarification of Application Procedures for All Satellite Licence Applications

The intent of this notice is to initiate, through the release of the above-mentioned document, a public consultation on modifications to various elements of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s (ISED) licensing framework as it applies to non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) systems. In particular, ISED is seeking views on whether to impose a limit on the number of licences issued per frequency band for certain commercial systems; changes to Canadian direction and control, coverage and capacity requirements; the removal of coexistence as an assessment criteria; and possible measures to be used in the event of domestic frequency coordination disputes. Views are also sought on a clarification to the first come, first served licensing rules as they apply to all satellite applications.

Following the comment period, ISED will issue updates to Radio Systems Policy (RP)-008 – Policy Framework for Fixed-Satellite Service and Broadcasting-Satellite Service and Client Procedures Circular (CPC) 2-6-02 – Licensing of Space Stations on ISED’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website ( Two weeks following the publication of these updates, the moratorium on licence applications for commercial NGSO systems will be lifted. A Spectrum Advisory Bulletin will be published on the Department’s website to provide advance notice, but there will be no accompanying notice in the Canada Gazette.

Submitting comments

Interested parties should submit their comments no later than April 3, 2017. Soon after the close of the comment period, all comments will be posted on ISED’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications  website at

The Department will also provide interested parties with the opportunity to reply to comments from other parties. Reply comments will be accepted for fifteen days following the posting of comments. All comments and reply comments will be reviewed and considered by the Department in arriving at a final position on the issues raised in the consultation.

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF), along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used, to the following email address: Written submissions should be addressed to the Director General, Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 6th Floor, 235 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5.

All submissions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title, and the notice reference number (SMSE-009-17).

Obtaining copies

Copies of this notice and of any documents referred to herein are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at

Official versions of Canada Gazette notices can be viewed at

February 22, 2017


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Director General
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch

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