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23 June 2017

The Quarterly Survey on the operations of broadcasters and telecommunications providers for the second quarter 2017 will commence on 4 July 2017. The filing date for this survey is 3 August 2017.

24 April 2017

The Quarterly Survey on the operations of broadcasters and telecommunications providers for the first quarter 2017 will commence on 3 April 2017. The filing date for this survey is 2 May 2017.

13 February 2017

The annual Telecommunications survey for the period ended 31 December 2016 will begin 20 February 2017. A letter and email has been sent to participating entities indicating the filing method available to them.

  • Entities that are instructed to file electronically must submit their data using the web-based Data Collection system. Applicable data forms will be issued based on last year's filling. Additional data forms may be issued once the Registration form is submitted. The Registration form is due on 1 March 2017 and data forms are due on 31 March 2017.
  • Entities who are to file a simplified paper form will be mailed a form for both registration and survey data. Paper forms are due on 31 March 2017.
  • A new form REP-GEO (Reporting entity profile – Geographic) is included in the current survey to collect information on the type of geographic data which providers can submit, by service area, for wireless, wireline phone/VoIP, Internet, OTA and BDU services, as well as the data format for the information. This data may be used for the CRTC’s You Have Choices tool or any other tool the Commission may find useful for consumers.

12 January 2017

The annual Communications Pricing Survey for the period ended 31 December 2016 begins on 16 January 2017. The filing date for this survey is 1 March 2017.

12 January 2017

The annual Telecommunications Facilities Survey for the period ended 31 December 2016 begins on 16 January 2017. The filing date for this survey is 1 March 2017.

4 January 2017

The Quarterly Survey on the operations of broadcasters and telecommunications providers for the fourth quarter 2016 will commence on 3 January 2017. The filing date for this survey is 3 February 2017.

19 October 2016

A new form REP-GEO (Reporting entity profile – Geographic) is included in the current survey to collect information on the type of geographic data which providers can submit, by service area, for wireless, wireline phone/VoIP, internet, OTA and BDU services, as well as the data format for the information. This data may be used for the CRTC’s You Have Choices tool or any other tool the Commission may find useful for consumers.

5 October 2016

The annual Broadcasting survey for the period ending 31 August 2016 will begin on October 17, 2016. A letter and an email will be sent to participating entities in the near future requesting them to submit their data using the web-based Data Collection System (DCS). The Broadcasting Regulations indicate that annual returns must be filed by 30 November of each year.

29 September 2016

The Quarterly Survey on the operations of broadcasters and telecommunications providers for the third quarter 2016 will commence on 3 October 2016. The filing date for this survey is 2 November 2016.

Current surveys

Data for the following surveys is currently being collected by the Data Collection System (DCS)

Updates

In Broadcasting Circular 2007-7, Administrative changes to broadcasting industry data collection, dated 18 October 2007, the CRTC set out the process for the transition to web-based filing of data gathered by paper-based filings. Starting in 2008, selected licensees were required to file their broadcasting data electronically. For 2010 reporting period, electronic filing has been expanded to include most licensees that will submit its broadcasting undertakings' annual return(s) and related statements using the web-based Data Collection System (DCS).

Telecom Circular 2007-17, 18 October 2007 provided notice of administrative changes regarding the collection of telecommunications data. The Commission also provided notice that Statistics Canada and the Commission will gradually harmonize their separate data collection processes so as to further reduce the data collection burden on the telecommunications industry.

As a result of Telecom Circular 2007-17, a number of changes have been made to the forms in the annual telecommunications survey. These changes integrate the extra data requirements for Statistics Canada, simplify reporting requirements and capture new information as the telecommunications industry continues to evolve. As a result, the following two paper-based surveys will now be collected as part of the Annual Telecommunications Survey.

  • Annual Survey of Telecommunications – SDDS no. 2722
  • Annual Survey of Internet Service Providers – SDDS no. 4303

The net result of the integration of the CRTC and Statistics Canada telecommunications data collection is to reduce the burden on the industry as well as facilitating the filing of data electronically.

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