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Decision CRTC 2000-91

Ottawa, 30 March 2000
Radio Matagami

Matagami, Quebec – 199912910

6 March 2000 Public Hearing in Moncton
New community radio programming undertaking


The Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a French-language FM community radio programming undertaking at Matagami. The new station will operate on the frequency 99.9 MHz, channel 260LP. The Department of Industry has advised that the undertaking will have an effective radiated power of 36 watts rather than 50 watts, as indicated in Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 1999-14 dated 24 December 1999.


Subject to the requirements of this decision and consistent with the Community radio policy (the policy), the Commission will issue a licence for a Type A community radio station. This licence will expire on 31 August 2006.


The Commission expects community radio, as its primary focus, to provide community access to the airwaves and to offer diverse programming that reflects the needs and interests of the community that it is licensed to serve. The programming must include music by new and local talent, music not generally broadcast by commercial stations, spoken word programming and local information.


In this regard, the Commission notes that the station will broadcast 126 hours of programming per week, with 84 hours (66.7%) to be produced by the station. The Commission reminds the licensee that it may not increase or decrease its weekly broadcast time by more than 20% without prior approval.


The licensee made the following commitments. In accordance with the requirements of the new policy, the licensee will devote 15% of its programming to community-oriented spoken word programming. In addition, it committed to devote 3% of its programming to news (25% to local news and 25% to regional news). The Commission expects the licensee to honour these commitments.


In Public Notice CRTC 2000-44, dated 21 March 2000, the Commission proposed amendments to the Radio Regulations, 1986 that are designed to increase the percentage of Canadian musical selections broadcast each broadcast week, from 30% to 35% for category 2 selections and from 10% to 12% for category 3 selections. The Commission notes that the licensee has committed to meet these new percentages.


The Commission also expects the licensee to implement the initiatives set out in its plan for Canadian talent development.


The Commission notes that the measures proposed by the licensee to encourage the participation of volunteers meet the objectives set out in the new policy. It expects the licensee to give effect to the measures outlined in its application.
Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued. Further, as conditions of licence the licensee must:
  • devote, each broadcast week, a minimum of 20% of its musical selections to musical selections from content subcategories other than subcategory 21 (Pop, rock and dance);
  • devote, each broadcast week, a minimum of 5% of its musical selections to musical selections from content Category 3 (Special Interest Music);
  • adhere to the guidelines on gender portrayal set out in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) Sex-Role Portrayal Code for Television and Radio Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission;
  • adhere to the provisions of the CAB's Broadcast Code for Advertising to Children, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
Other questions


The licence of this community station will be held by a not-for-profit organization whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming by members of the community at large. The Commission notes however that the board of directors is ultimately responsible for adherence to the Radio Regulations, 1986 and the station’s conditions of licence. The Commission expects the licensee to submit a complete list of the members of the board of directors indicating their citizenship, the date of their appointment to the board and a copy of the board's by-laws.


In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled Implementation of an Employment Equity Policy, the Commission announced that the employment equity practices of broadcasters would be subject to examination by the Commission. It considers that campus and community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to this issue in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.


The licence will only be issued and effective when the new station is ready to begin operation. When the licensee has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation, it must advise the Commission in writing. If the station is not constructed and ready to operate within 12 months of today’s date, extensions to this time frame may be granted provided that the licensee applies in writing to the Commission before the 12-month period or any extension of that period expires.


The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable. The Department will only issue a broadcasting certificate once it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.


In accordance with section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence and grant the authority to operate when it receives notification from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.

Related CRTC documents

• Public Notice CRTC
2000-13Community radio policy

• Public Notice CRTC
2000-14Revised content categories and subcategories for radio

• Public Notice CRTC
2000-44Call for comments – Proposed regulatory amendments for the purpose of implementing certain aspects of the revised policies for campus radio and community radio, and incorporating revised content categories for radio

Secretary General

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