Newsletter: March 3, 2020

Weekly News (March 3, 2020)
Compiled by Fizza Kulvi with Sara Bannerman
McMaster University, Communications Governance Observatory

(February 24 – March 3, 2020)

Canadian News

International News

(February 24 – March 3, 2020)

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Canadian Heritage

 Competition Bureau

 Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

 Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada



News Releases:

  • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2020-79
    • [2020-02-28 11:00AM]
    • APPROVED IN PART – Intercity Broadcasting Network Inc. – Toronto, Ontario – Application to extend deadlines to fulfill requirements relating to additional Canadian content development contributions for the English-language commercial (specialty) radio station CKFG-FM Toronto
  • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2020-76
    • [2020-02-28 11:00AM]
    • APPROVED – CHMZ-FM Radio Ltd. – Tofino, British Columbia – CIMM-FM Radio Ltd. – Ucluelet, British Columbia – Applications for authority to change the ownership and effective control of the licensees through the transfer of all of their issued and outstanding shares to 1193833 B.C. Ltd. – Applications to renew the broadcasting licences for CHMZ-FM Tofino and CIMM-FM Ucluelet.
  • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2020-73
    • [2020-02-24 11:00AM]
    • RENEWED – Bell Canada – Various locations – Broadcasting licences for the terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings set out in the appendix to the decision, from 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020
  • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2020-71
    • [2020-02-24 11:00AM]
    • APPROVED – Discovery Health Channel Canada ULC – Across Canada – Application to revoke the broadcasting licence for the national, English-language discretionary service
  • Telecom Decision CRTC 2020-72
    • [2020-02-25 11:00AM]
    • KMTS, a division of Bell Canada – Implementation of local competition for TBayTel in the exchanges of Kenora and Keewatin, Ontario – Public record: 8663-K1-201903071

Senate of Canada

  • No relevant Senate of Canada sitting days this week.

Canadian House of Commons

  • No relevant House of Commons sitting days this week.


The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions, regulatory policies and reports in the coming week. This list may be incomplete and is subject to change without notice.

  • Anticipated releases for the week of Mar 2-6
  • Broadcasting Decisions:
    Decisions relating to the following applications considered by the Commission at the 5 November 2019 public hearing:

    • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
      English-language FM radio station in Chisasibi and licence amendment for CBVE-FM Québec
      Public record for these applications: 2019-0375-8 and 2019-0395-6
    • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
      CBF-FM Montréal – Licence amendments; CBFG-FM Chisasibi and its transmitters – Revocation of licence
      Public record for these applications: 2019-0374-0, 2910-0376-6, 2019-0378-2, 2019-0380-8, 2019-0382-3, 2019-0384-9, 2019-0386-5 and 2019-0392-2
    • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
      English language FM radio station in Kuujjuaq and licence amendment for CFFB Iqaluit
      Public record for these applications: 2019-0396-4 and 2019-0390-7
  • Telecom Decisions:
    • Public Interest Advocacy Centre and National Pensioners Federation
      Application regarding paper billing by Koodo Mobile
      Public record: 8661-P8-201804295

Upcoming Public Hearings: