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Ottawa, 15 February 2010

Various licensees
Various locations across Canada

Revocation of broadcasting licences for exempted terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings

Deletion and exemption of licensed service areas under a broadcasting licence

  1. In Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100, the Commission decided to expand the scope of its two previous exemption orders for small terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings (BDUs) to include terrestrial BDUs serving fewer than 20,000 subscribers under a single order. The Commission further decided that BDUs operating in both small and large markets under a single regional licence would be permitted to determine whether there would be greater benefits to continuing to operate in all markets as a single undertaking under a single licence, or to conduct their operations in smaller markets in such a way that those operations would constitute a "discrete operation" that would be eligible for exemption. To this end, the Commission permitted BDUs operating under regional licences to apply to remove ("carve out") certain service areas from their licences, provided they met certain conditions.
  2. The Commission's new order was issued in Broadcasting Order 2009-544. In that order, the Commission stated that parties seeking to qualify for exemption from licensing requirements should file applications for revocation of licence with the Commission.
  3. With respect to BDUs operating under regional licences, the Commission set out criteria to assess whether or not a BDU's operations in a specific area constituted a discrete operation so as to be eligible for exemption under Broadcasting Order 2009-544. Specifically, the Commission stated that it would consider applications to carve out a service area from a regional licence if, in that area, the licensee:

(a) has separate head-end facilities; or

(b) distributes one or more unique priority (local and/or regional) television stations as part of its basic service in that area that are not offered as part of the basic service in other service areas in which the BDU operates under the same regional licence; or

(c) offers substantial community programming to its subscribers that is specific to that service area.

  1. The Commission included a requirement that, in order to qualify under (c) above, BDUs that do not operate a community channel specific to the particular service area1 must demonstrate that 5% of gross broadcasting revenues derived from the area has been spent on community programming specific to that area in the past broadcasting year.
  2. The licensees of stand-alone BDUs listed in Appendix 1 to this decision have confirmed their eligibility for exemption in accordance with Broadcasting Order 2009-544 and have requested that their licences be revoked to permit them to operate under that order. Given the licensees' requests, the Commission revokes, pursuant to sections 9(1)(e) and 24(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the broadcasting licences for the undertakings serving the locations listed in Appendix 1 to this decision.
  3. The licensee noted in Appendix 2 to this decision has applied to carve-out various licensed service areas under its licence on the grounds that these areas meet the discrete operation test with respect to community programming expenditures. Given that the licensee has filed documentation demonstrating that it spends 5% or more of the broadcasting revenues derived from each of the licensed service areas on community programming specific to those areas, the Commission approves the deletion of the licensed service areas listed in Appendix 2 to this decision.
  4. The Commission reminds the operators of the undertakings listed in both appendices that they must, at all times, comply with the criteria set out in the appendix to Broadcasting Order 2009-544.

Secretary General

Related documents

This decision is to be appended to the licence for Saskatchewan Telecommunications. This document is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined in PDF format or in HTML at the following Internet site:

Appendix 1 to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-87

Application number


Location, Province


Bay Communications Inc. Kentville/New Minas and area, Nova Scotia
    St. Margaret's Bay and area, Nova Scotia


Bragg Communications Inc. Bridgewater, Blockhouse, Lunenburg and surrounding areas, Nova Scotia


Câblevision du Nord de Québec inc. Rouyn-Noranda and surrounding areas, Quebec
    Val d'Or and surrounding areas, Quebec


Câblevision TRP-SDM inc. Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
    Trois-Pistoles, Quebec


K-Right Communications Ltd.

Charlottetown and surrounding areas, Prince Edward Island
    Debert and surrounding areas, Nova Scotia
    Great Village and Glenholme, Nova Scotia
    Masstown, Nova Scotia
    Mount Uniacke/Lakelands, Nova Scotia
    New Glasgow and surrounding areas, Nova Scotia
    Sydney and surrounding areas, Nova Scotia
    Truro and surrounding areas, Nova Scotia


La Coopérative de câblodistribution de l'Arrière-Pays

Lac Beauport (Charlesbourg), Quebec


Persona Communications Inc.

Sechelt and Gibsons, British Columbia
    Timmins, Ontario
    Marystown, Newfoundland and Labrador


Seaside Communications Inc.

Glace Bay and surrounding areas, Nova Scotia


Shaw Cablesystems Limited

Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Agassiz, British Columbia
    Burnaby, British Columbia
    Campbell River, British Columbia
    Castlegar, British Columbia
    Cranbrook, British Columbia
    Creston, British Columbia
    Invermere, British Columbia
    Lion's Bay, British Columbia
    Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
    Parksville, British Columbia
    Port Alberni, British Columbia
    Saanich, British Columbia
    Vernon, British Columbia
    Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
    Prince Albert, Saskatchewan


Source Cable Limited

Hamilton, Ontario


Sun Country Cablevision Ltd.

Salmon Arm, British Columbia


Télédistribution Amos inc.

Amos, Quebec
    Barraute, Quebec
    Landrienne, Quebec
    Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec
    Saint-Félix-de-Dalquier, Quebec
    Senneterre, Quebec


Videon Cablesystems Inc.

High River, Alberta
    Headingley, Manitoba
    Okotoks, Alberta
    Selkirk, Manitoba


Videotron Ltd.

Rockland, Ontario
    Ascot Corner, Quebec
    Cap-de-la-Madeleine (Trois-Rivières), Quebec
    Coaticook, Quebec
    Côte-de-Beaupré (Saint-Joachim-de-Montmorency) and surrounding areas, Quebec
    Cowansville, Quebec
    Dolbeau, Quebec
    East Angus, Quebec
    Gatineau (Buckingham) and surrounding areas, Quebec
    Îles d'Orléans (Sainte-Pétronille), Quebec
    La Doré, Quebec
    La Malbaie, Quebec
    La Pocatière, Quebec
    Lachute, Quebec
    Maniwaki, Quebec
    Mont-Laurier, Quebec
    Montebello, Quebec
    Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
    Robertsonville, Quebec
    Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec
    Saint-Félicien, Quebec
    Saint-Pascal, Quebec
    Saint-Siméon, Quebec
    Sherbrooke (Lennoxville), Quebec
    Sorel, Quebec
    Thurso, Quebec
    Victoriaville and surrounding areas, Quebec
    Waterloo and surrounding areas, Quebec


Westman Media Cooperative Ltd. Brandon, Manitoba


YourLink Incorporated Lloydminster, Alberta
    Birch Hills, Saskatchewan
    Caron, Saskatchewan
    Kenaston, Saskatchewan
    North Battleford, Saskatchewan
    Stranraer, Saskatchewan
    Swift Current, Saskatchewan
    Warmley, Saskatchewan
    Watson, Saskatchewan
    Yorkton, Saskatchewan
    Zenon Park, Saskatchewan

Appendix 2 to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-87

Application number


Deletion of licensed
service area (carve-out)
Location, Province


Saskatchewan Telecommunications2

Estevan, Saskatchewan


Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan


North Battleford and Battleford, Saskatchewan


Prince Albert, Saskatchewan


Swift Current, Saskatchewan


Weyburn, Saskatchewan


Yorkton, Saskatchewan


1 BDUs that operate, for example, video-on-demand based community “channels” or that have adopted a “zone-based” approach to the provision of community programming.

2  The Commission notes that Regina (which includes Pilot Butte and White City) and Saskatoon remain licensed areas under Saskatchewan Telecommunications' licence.

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