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ISED extends the date for making payments from March 31st to September 1st, 2020 for Spectrum and Radio licences.

ISED is not currently processing licence renewals or payments of annual fees at March 31st as it normally does due to the COVID 19 situation. However, we want to assure all current licensees that they can continue to validly operate under the Radiocommunication Act after March 31st.


Accordingly, all current licensees may continue to operate at this time in accordance with their current conditions of licence up to September 1st, 2020.


The Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development hereby:

 a) Grants all holders of current valid Radio Licences expiring March 31st, 2020, a temporary authorization to operate between now and September 1st, 2020, on the same conditions as their current licence.
b) Amends any current valid annual Spectrum Licences expiring March 31st, 2020, by extending their terms to end on September 1st, 2020; and
c) Amends any current valid Spectrum Licences expiring after March 31st, 2020, that has a condition requiring payment of annual fees by March 31st, to provide that, for the 2020-2021 year, payment may be made by September 1st, 2020.

Please note that ISED will provide further details on the renewal process and on annual fees for the 2020-2021 year in advance of September 1st, 2020.


ISED thanks those who have already paid their fees in advance for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.


In the meantime, licensees must continue to respect the current terms and conditions of their licences and all relevant provisions of the Radiocommunication Act and Radiocommunication Regulations. ISED will not physically issue new authorizations or amended licences as a result of the decisions noted above but will treat current valid licences as proof of authorization between now and September 1st, 2020.


More information available soon. If you have any questions please contact your local district offices.

The Spectrum Management System (SMS) provides online access to a wide range of services provided by ISED’s spectrum management program. New users must register with the SMS system in order to access services requiring a username and password.

Please read our latest notices:

Services available in the Spectrum Management System

Spectrum Management System Data

Open to all web users, our various search tools provide access to authorization data collected and managed by the Spectrum Program for all services it offers. You can search for spectrum used for communications and broadcasting by area, frequency, or other parameters. A search for certified radio and terminal equipment is also available.

Online Registration

To access our online services, new users of this web site must register. For existing users, this menu also provides options to manage your online registration.

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Radiocommunication Licensing Services

For registered radio or spectrum licensees, we offer open access to print licences and pay invoices. Registered users can apply for new licences or browse and modify their licence data.

Equipment Certification and Registration Services

For registered equipment manufacturers, laboratories, certification bodies, and their representatives and agents, our updated e-filing services provide access to certify or register radio and terminal equipment look up companies, and obtain related services.

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Broadcasting Services

For registered broadcasters and their representatives and agents, we offer online services to expedite the certification of broadcast undertakings, provide open access to print certificates and to broadcast technical data.

Maritime Information

The National Maritime Information Database (NMID) contains the details of all Maritime Mobile Service Identities (MMSIs) and Maritime Identities assigned to Canadian vessels and coast stations by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

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Radio Operator Certification

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada also provides services to Amateur and Professional Radio Operators and examiners.

Related Web Pages

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How to contact us
Spectrum Management Support by email etc.

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