Ian Scott

CRTC rejects Telus’ request to charge credit card processing fee 

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CRTC warns telecommunications companies against this practice Ottawa- The CRTC refused Telus’s request to introduce a processing fee in Alberta and British Columbia on payments made by credit card. The request only applied to services that are regulated by the CRTC, which are generally home telephone services in certain smaller communities. On October 17, 2022, Telus began to charge a …

Supporting Canadian artists

Supporting Canadian artists on commercial radio

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Ottawa – The CRTC updated its commercial radio policy to better support Canadian artists and provide flexibility to help the radio industry remain competitive in a changing environment. To support Canadian artists, the CRTC is: upholding requirements for Canadian content and French-language vocal music ensuring that Canadian and French-language vocal music requirements can no longer be circumvented through montages of popular …

Ian Scott

CRTC Broadband Fund launches 3rd call to improve Internet

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Ottawa – The CRTC launched its third call for applications for the Broadband Fund. The CRTC is now accepting applications for eligible projects to improve access to broadband Internet and mobile wireless services across Canada. The third call focuses specifically on the following types of projects: transport infrastructure projects, mobile wireless infrastructure projects that provide or upgrade mobile connectivity along major …

Ian Scott Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer CRTC

CRTC hosts 1st meeting between 5 countries to combat scams

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Ottawa- For the first time, regulators from Canada, Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong and the United States met in person to find better ways to combat scams. Hosted by the CRTC, the Combating Scam Communications meeting was an opportunity to share their strategic insights on current initiatives and cross-border enforcement challenges. The participants also explored opportunities for greater international collaboration to …

Canada mental health crisis and suicide prevention

CRTC to implement new 9-8-8 number for mental health crisis 

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Ottawa – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that it will adopt 9-8-8 as the number to call or text for Canadians who are in need of immediate mental health crisis and suicide prevention intervention. Once implemented by telephone and wireless service providers, calls and texts to 9-8-8 will be directed to a mental health crisis or suicide prevention …

Ian Scott

Offering $20.5m for mobile wireless, Internet access services 

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Ottawa- The CRTC announced that ten projects will receive up to $20.5 million in funding from the Broadband Fund. The projects will support the rollout of fourth-generation (also known as LTE or LTE-A) mobile wireless access along 425 kilometres of roads and highways in Manitoba, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador. They will also support improved Internet and mobile wireless access that …

Canadas broadcasting licences

CRTC adopts modern approach 

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CBC∕ Radio-Canada’s broadcasting licences renewed until 2027 Gatineau—The CRTC adopted a new approach to ensure that the CBC∕ Radio-Canada’s programming meets the needs and interests of all Canadians, in both official languages, across all its services. The CRTC is also introducing new spending requirements that will promote the creation of more diverse content. The emergence of online platforms has changed …

Ian Scott Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer CRTC

CRTC on telecommunications services in Far North

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CRTC launches next phase of public consultation about telecommunications services in the Far North Ottawa – The CRTC is now inviting comments on what actions it should take to improve telecommunications services in the Far North. This area includes the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, communities in northern British Columbia, and Fort Fitzgerald, Alberta. During the first phase of the …