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Decision on the Technical and Policy Framework for the 3650-4200 MHz Band and Changes to the Frequency Allocation of the 3500-3650 MHz Band - Annexes

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Annex A: Changes to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

The table below details the changes that will be made to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations.

Table A1: Changes to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations — MHz
3 500 - 3 650

FIXED
FIXED SATELLITE (space-to-Earth)
MOBILE except aeronautical mobile

SUP C20: In the frequency band 3 500-3 650 MHz, the fixed-satellite earth-stations will be located in areas so as not to constrain the implementation of fixed wireless access and mobile systems.
3 650 - 3 700

FIXED
FIXED-SATELLITE (space-to-Earth)
MOBILE except aeronautical mobile

SUP C33: As of June 11, 2009, in the frequency band 3650-3700 MHz, new fixed-satellite service earth stations are only authorized to operate on a secondary basis so as not to constrain the implementation of wireless broadband services.
3 700 - 4 200 4 000

FIXED
FIXED-SATELLITE (space-to-Earth)     CZZ
MOBILE except aeronautical mobile

ADD CZZ: As of March 31, 2025, FSS earth stations will no longer be licensed in the band 3700-4000 MHz, except for in satellite-dependent areas and specific identified gateway locations. Any earth station operations in non-satellite dependent areas in the band 3700-4000 MHz after this date will be on a no-protection basis, as per the Decision on the Technical and Policy Framework for the 3650-4200 MHz Band and Changes to the Frequency Allocation of the 3500-3650 MHz Band.
4 000 - 4 200

FIXED
FIXED-SATELLITE (space-to-Earth)

Annex B: List of FSS earth stations grandfathered in the 3500-3650 MHz frequency band

Table B1: List of FSS earth stations grandfathered
in the 3500-3650 MHz frequency band
Licence number Licensee information Station location Latitude Longitude
010001485 INMARSAT SOLUTIONS (CANADA) INC. Weir, Quebec 45°56'40" 74°31'58"
010001493 INMARSAT SOLUTIONS (CANADA) INC. Weir, Quebec 45°56'39.44" 74°31'57.9"

Annex C: List of satellite-dependent areas

Table C1: List of satellite-dependent areas
Tier Service area name
4-005 Labrador
4-062 Val-d'Or
4-066 Chibougamau
4-103 Kapuskasing
4-104 Kenora/Sioux Lookout
4-105 Iron Bridge
4-107 Marathon
4-109 Fort Frances
4-112 Lac du Bonnet
4-115 Portage la Prairie
4-117 Creighton/Flin Flon
4-118 Thompson
4-130 Northern Saskatchewan
4-147 Peace River
4-157 Powell River
4-161 Ashcroft
4-164 Williams Lake
4-165 Quesnel/Red Bluff
4-166 Skeena
4-168 Smithers
4-169 Dawson Creek
4-170 Yukon
4-171 Nunavut
4-172 Northwest Territories

Annex D: Tier 5 service areas for WBS transition

As described in section 10.1.2 decision D17, the WBS stations operating within the metropolitan and urban Tier 5 service areas listed in this table will be required to transition out of the 3650-3700 MHz band by March 31, 2025. The rural and remote Tier 5 service areas not listed as part of table D1 will need to transition by March 31, 2027. The list of rural and remote Tier 5 services are available in the Service areas for competitive licensing table.

Table D1: Tier 5 service areas for WBS transition
Tier 4 Service area name Tier 5 Service area name Tier 5 category
4-001 St. John's 5-001 St. John's Urban
4-006 Charlottetown 5-022 Charlottetown Urban
4-010 Halifax 5-041 Halifax Urban
4-015 Saint John 5-055 Saint John Urban
4-017 Fredericton 5-060 Fredericton Urban
4-018 Moncton 5-067 Moncton Urban
4-025 Rimouski 5-096 Rimouski Urban
4-028 Chicoutimi-Jonquière 5-106 Saguenay Urban
4-030 Québec 5-117 Québec Urban
4-035 Plessisville 5-140 Princeville Urban
4-037 Trois-Rivières 5-144 Shawinigan Urban
4-037 Trois-Rivières 5-146 Trois-Rivières Urban
4-040 Victoriaville 5-155 Victoriaville Urban
4-042 Sherbrooke 5-158 Sherbrooke Urban
4-044 Drummondville 5-166 Drummondville Urban
4-047 Granby 5-172 Granby Urban
4-048 St-Hyacinthe 5-174 Saint-Hyacinthe Urban
4-049 Sorel 5-177 Sorel-Tracy Urban
4-050 Joliette 5-178 Lavaltrie Urban
4-050 Joliette 5-179 Joliette Urban
4-051 Montréal 5-184 Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-185 Mascouche Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-186 Laval Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-187 Island of Montreal Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-188 Sainte-Julie Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-189 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-190 Longueuil Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-191 Saint-Rémi Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-192 Châteauguay Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-193 L'Île-Perrot Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-194 Saint-Jérôme Metropolitan
4-055 Ottawa 5-209 Ottawa-Gatineau Urban
4-067 Cornwall 5-252 Cornwall Urban
4-070 Kingston 5-257 Kingston Urban
4-072 Belleville 5-264 Belleville Urban
4-074 Peterborough 5-273 Peterborough Urban
4-077 Toronto 5-280 Durham Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-281 York Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-282 Toronto Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-283 Peel Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-284 Halton Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-285 Hamilton Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-286 Niagara Metropolitan
4-078 Alliston 5-291 Orangeville Urban
4-079 Guelph/Kitchener 5-293 Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph Urban
4-084 Niagara-St. Catharines 5-316 Niagara-St. Catharines Urban
4-086 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas 5-321 Woodstock Urban
4-086 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas 5-326 London Urban
4-086 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas 5-327 St. Thomas Urban
4-087 Brantford 5-329 Brantford Urban
4-088 Stratford 5-331 Stratford Urban
4-089 Chatham 5-334 Chatham-Kent Urban
4-090 Windsor/Leamington 5-335 Leamington Urban
4-090 Windsor/Leamington 5-338 Windsor Urban
4-091 Wallaceburg 5-340 Chatham-Kent North Urban
4-092 Sarnia 5-343 Sarnia Urban
4-093 Strathroy 5-347 London West Urban
4-094 Barrie 5-349 Barrie Urban
4-094 Barrie 5-350 Orillia Urban
4-097 North Bay 5-362 North Bay Urban
4-100 Sudbury 5-369 Sudbury Urban
4-106 Sault Ste. Marie 5-385 Sault Ste. Marie Urban
4-108 Thunder Bay 5-389 Thunder Bay Urban
4-111 Winnipeg 5-400 Winnipeg Urban
4-114 Brandon 5-412 Brandon Urban
4-121 Moose Jaw 5-435 Moose Jaw Urban
4-124 Regina 5-448 Regina Urban
4-125 Saskatoon 5-451 Saskatoon Urban
4-127 Battleford 5-462 Lloydminster East Urban
4-128 Prince Albert 5-468 Prince Albert Urban
4-129 Lloydminster 5-475 Lloydminster West Urban
4-131 Medicine Hat/Brooks 5-481 Medicine Hat Urban
4-132 Lethbridge 5-488 Lethbridge Urban
4-134 High River 5-499 Calgary South Urban
4-136 Calgary 5-504 Calgary Urban
4-137 Red Deer 5-511 Red Deer Urban
4-141 Edmonton 5-521 Edmonton Urban
4-146 Fort McMurray 5-537 Fort McMurray Urban
4-148 Grande Prairie 5-548 Grande Prairie Urban
4-151 Kelowna 5-562 Vernon Urban
4-151 Kelowna 5-563 Kelowna Urban
4-151 Kelowna 5-565 Penticton Urban
4-152 Vancouver 5-567 Chilliwack Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-568 Abbotsford Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-569 Mission Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-570 Maple Ridge Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-571 Langley Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-572 Surrey Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-573 North Shore-Coquitlam Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-574 Burnaby Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-575 Delta Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-576 Richmond Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-577 Vancouver Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-578 Bowen Island Metropolitan
4-153 Hope 5-581 Chilliwack South Urban
4-154 Victoria 5-583 Victoria Urban
4-155 Nanaimo 5-588 Nanaimo Urban
4-156 Courtenay 5-594 Courtenay Urban
4-156 Courtenay 5-596 Campbell River Urban
4-160 Kamloops 5-607 Kamloops Urban
4-167 Prince George 5-626 Prince George Urban

Annex E: List of tier areas with a moratorium on WBS systems

The moratorium on WBS systems will apply as described in section 10.1.3 decision D18, to the licence areas listed in the tables below.

Table E1: 24 Tier 4 service areas with a large population centre
Tier 4 Tier 4 area Tier 5 Tier 5 area Tier 5 category
4-001 St. John's 5-001 St. John's Urban
4-010 Halifax 5-041 Halifax Urban
4-018 Moncton 5-067 Moncton Urban
4-028 Chicoutimi-Jonquiere 5-106 Saguenay Urban
4-030 Quebec 5-117 Québec Urban
4-037 Trois-Rivieres 5-144 Shawinigan Urban
4-037 Trois-Rivieres 5-146 Trois-Rivières Urban
4-042 Sherbrooke 5-158 Sherbrooke Urban
4-051 Montréal 5-184 Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-185 Mascouche Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-186 Laval Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-187 Island of Montreal Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-188 Sainte-Julie Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-189 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-190 Longueuil Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-191 Saint-Rémi Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-192 Châteauguay Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-193 L'Île-Perrot Metropolitan
4-051 Montréal 5-194 Saint-Jérôme Metropolitan
4-055 Ottawa 5-209 Ottawa-Gatineau Urban
4-070 Kingston 5-257 Kingston Urban
4-077 Toronto 5-280 Durham Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-281 York Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-282 Toronto Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-283 Peel Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-284 Halton Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-285 Hamilton Metropolitan
4-077 Toronto 5-286 Niagara Metropolitan
4-079 Guelph/Kitchener 5-293 Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph Urban
4-084 Niagara-St. Catharines 5-316 Niagara-St. Catharines Urban
4-086 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas 5-321 Woodstock Urban
4-086 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas 5-326 London Urban
4-086 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas 5-327 St. Thomas Urban
4-090 Windsor/Leamington 5-335 Leamington Urban
4-090 Windsor/Leamington 5-338 Windsor Urban
4-094 Barrie 5-349 Barrie Urban
4-094 Barrie 5-350 Orillia Urban
4-111 Winnipeg 5-400 Winnipeg Urban
4-124 Regina 5-448 Regina Urban
4-125 Saskatoon 5-451 Saskatoon Urban
4-136 Calgary 5-504 Calgary Urban
4-141 Edmonton 5-521 Edmonton Urban
4-151 Kelowna 5-562 Vernon Urban
4-151 Kelowna 5-563 Kelowna Urban
4-151 Kelowna 5-565 Penticton Urban
4-152 Vancouver 5-567 Chilliwack Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-568 Abbotsford Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-569 Mission Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-570 Maple Ridge Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-571 Langley Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-572 Surrey Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-573 North Shore-Coquitlam Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-574 Burnaby Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-575 Delta Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-576 Richmond Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-577 Vancouver Metropolitan
4-152 Vancouver 5-578 Bowen Island Metropolitan
4-154 Victoria 5-583 Victoria Urban
Table E2: All other Tier 4 service areas that contain an urban Tier 5 service area
Tier 4 Tier 4 area Tier 5 Tier 5 area Tier 5 category
4-006 Charlottetown 5-022 Charlottetown Urban
4-015 Saint John 5-055 Saint John Urban
4-017 Fredericton 5-060 Fredericton Urban
4-025 Rimouski 5-096 Rimouski Urban
4-035 Plessisville 5-140 Princeville Urban
4-040 Victoriaville 5-155 Victoriaville Urban
4-044 Drummondville 5-166 Drummondville Urban
4-047 Granby 5-172 Granby Urban
4-048 St-Hyacinthe 5-174 Saint-Hyacinthe Urban
4-049 Sorel 5-177 Sorel-Tracy Urban
4-050 Joliette 5-178 Lavaltrie Urban
4-050 Joliette 5-179 Joliette Urban
4-067 Cornwall 5-252 Cornwall Urban
4-072 Belleville 5-264 Belleville Urban
4-074 Peterborough 5-273 Peterborough Urban
4-078 Alliston 5-291 Orangeville Urban
4-087 Brantford 5-329 Brantford Urban
4-088 Stratford 5-331 Stratford Urban
4-089 Chatham 5-334 Chatham-Kent Urban
4-091 Wallaceburg 5-340 Chatham-Kent North Urban
4-092 Sarnia 5-343 Sarnia Urban
4-093 Strathroy 5-347 London West Urban
4-097 North Bay 5-362 North Bay Urban
4-100 Sudbury 5-369 Sudbury Urban
4-106 Sault Ste. Marie 5-385 Sault Ste. Marie Urban
4-108 Thunder Bay 5-389 Thunder Bay Urban
4-114 Brandon 5-412 Brandon Urban
4-121 Moose Jaw 5-435 Moose Jaw Urban
4-127 Battleford 5-462 Lloydminster East Urban
4-128 Prince Albert 5-468 Prince Albert Urban
4-129 Lloydminster 5-475 Lloydminster West Urban
4-131 Medicine Hat/Brooks 5-481 Medicine Hat Urban
4-132 Lethbridge 5-488 Lethbridge Urban
4-134 High River 5-499 Calgary South Urban
4-137 Red Deer 5-511 Red Deer Urban
4-146 Fort McMurray 5-537 Fort McMurray Urban
4-148 Grande Prairie 5-548 Grande Prairie Urban
4-153 Hope 5-581 Chilliwack South Urban
4-155 Nanaimo 5-588 Nanaimo Urban
4-156 Courtenay 5-594 Courtenay Urban
4-156 Courtenay 5-596 Campbell River Urban
4-160 Kamloops 5-607 Kamloops Urban
4-167 Prince George 5-626 Prince George Urban

Annex F: Conditions of licence for interim authorizations for licence exempt FSS earth stations in the 3700-4200 MHz band and new receive-only FSS earth stations in the 4000-4200 MHz band

F1
The following conditions of licence apply to holders of interim authorizations for licence-exempt FSS earth stations in the 3700-4200 MHz band and for new receive-only FSS earth stations in the 4000-4200 MHz band. It should be noted that interim authorizations are subject to the relevant provisions in the Radiocommunication Act and the Radiocommunication Regulations, as amended from time to time. For example, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (the Minister) continues to have the power to amend the terms and conditions of such authorizations, under paragraph 5(1)(b) of the Radiocommunication Act.
F2
Term: This authorization will expire on the date indicated on the authorization. This authorization is also subject to renewal and termination in accordance with the transition plan and decisions as set out in  the Decision on the Technical and Policy Framework for the 3650-4200 MHz Band and Changes to the Frequency Allocation of the 3500-3650 MHz Band (the Decision).
F3
Future consultation and amendments: This authorization may be amended by the Minister at any time and is subject to the decisions and licensing requirements that will be established following Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) consultation on the licensing and fee regime for earth stations.
F4
Fees: This authorization will be subject to fees once they are established following ISED’s consultation on the licensing and fee regime for earth stations or through any other applicable process.
F5

Operation of earth stations: This authorization is limited to “receive-only” earth stations. The holder of this authorization may install, operate or possess systems of identical earth stations as follows:

  1. Earth stations in existence as of the release of the Decision: All earth stations operating as part of a system of identical earth stations for which technical information was provided pursuant to the Decision are authorized for the 3700-4200 MHz band. As of March 31, 2025, the authorized frequency range is reduced to the 4000-4200 MHz band for earth stations operating in non-satellite-dependent areas.
  2. Earth stations established after the release of the Decision: Earth stations are authorized only for the 4000-4200 MHz band.

"Identical earth stations" has the meaning as set out in CPC-2-6-01, Procedure for the Submission of Applications to License Fixed Earth Stations and to Approve the Use of Foreign Satellites in Canada, for the licensing of significant numbers of identical earth stations.

F6
Protection: Earth stations authorized in accordance with paragraph (a) above are afforded protection from 3700-3980 MHz flexible use stations before the transition deadline in all areas, and after the transition deadline in satellite-dependent areas as set out in the Decision.  Earth stations authorized in accordance with paragraph (b) above are afforded protection from flexible use stations operating in the 3700-3980 MHz band in all areas before and after transition. In addition, earth stations authorized in accordance with either paragraph (a) or (b) may not claim protection from licensees operating below 3700 MHz.
F7
Technical acceptability: All earth station equipment must comply on an ongoing basis with the applicable technical requirements as specified in SRSP-101, Technical Requirements for Fixed Earth Stations Operating Above 1 GHz in Space Radiocommunication Services and Earth Stations on board Vessels (ESVs) Operating in the Fixed-Satellite Service.
F8
Radio station installations: The holder of this authorization must comply with CPC-2-0-03, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems, as amended from time to time.
F9
Provision of technical information: The holder of this authorization must provide, and maintain, up-to-date technical information on each earth station in accordance with the definitions, criteria, frequency and timelines specified by ISED. Site information must be updated at least annually, by March 31 of each year.
F10
Compliance with legislation, regulations and other obligations: The holder of this authorization is subject to, and must comply with, the Radiocommunication Act and the Radiocommunication Regulations, as amended from time to time. The holder of this authorization must use the assigned spectrum in accordance with the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and the spectrum policies applicable to this band, as amended from time to time. The authorization is issued on condition that all representations made in relation to obtaining this authorization are all true and complete in every respect.

Annex G: Grandfathered site-licensed fixed service operations in the 3700-4200 MHz band

Table G1: Grandfathered site-licensed fixed service
operations in the 3700-4200 MHz band
Licence number Location of fixed systems by Tier 4 service area
010038451 Tier 4-104 (Kenora/Sioux Lookout, Ontario)
010677429 Tier 4-131 (Medicine Hat/Brooks, Alberta)
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