Commercial Radio 2011-2015: National Statistics, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Markets

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Statistical and Financial Summaries

Radio AM / FM - Canada

Radio AM - Canada

Radio FM - Canada

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Designated Markets



Grande Prairie








Medicine Hat



Ottawa-Gatineau - FM


Québec City - FM

Red Deer


Saint John


St. John's

St. Catharines/Niagara








Non-Designated (ND) Markets



This report presents statistical and financial information on the commercial radio industry as provided by licensees in their annual returns for the broadcast year ended August 31, 2015. Section I provides information on the new stations that started operating in 2015 as well as stations that have converted to the FM band and stations that have failed to provide financial data up to the publishing of this report. The reporting units are comprised of commercial radio and commercial licensees holding ethnic, commercial religious specialty or religious commercial radio licences. Section II.A provides the summary information for all AM and FM stations. Section II.B provides summary information for AM stations and Section II.C provides the summary information for FM stations. Section II.D includes summary information provided by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for radio stations segregated by AM and FM stations as well as by region.

In Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-159, the Commission indicated that it would release aggregate data on small, medium and large markets on an annual basis in order to provide the broadcasting industry with current and meaningful data on the health of individual radio markets. Section III of this report presents statistical and financial summaries on the private commercial radio industry by market for the broadcast year ended August 31, 2015 with comparative information for the four previous years.

Section III provides statistics for 29 designated markets. New markets were added to this year's publication: Grande Prairie, Kelowna, Kingston, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Moncton, Peterborough, Red Deer, Regina, Saint John, Saskatoon, St. John's, Sudbury and Timmins.

Some markets are deemed confidential based on the number of ultimate owners. Only markets with more than two ultimate owners are released. Also, in cases where there are less than three undertakings, statistics are not provided to preserve the confidentiality of the individual undertakings.

Individual market summaries exclude radio networks, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stations and AM stations in markets where confidentiality would be compromised.

Also new to this year, "Network payments" revenues has been included with "Other" revenues.

Prior years’ financial information has been updated to reflect revisions to data received subsequent to the respective dates of publication.

Data in this report is subject to change as the Commission receives additional or revised information.

Statistical Analysis

In total, 704 commercial private radio stations reported operational activity for the broadcast year ended August 31, 2015. There were 15 new stations reporting in the 2015 broadcast year, four of which converted to the FM band (CFAR, CHTM, CJAR and CKMW).  There are 2 stations (CHLW-FM and CJVF-FM) that held an active licence but failed to provide their annual return information in accordance with the Radio Regulations as of the date of the compilation of this report.

New stations reporting in 2015:





British Columbia

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