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Environmental Evaluation

Industry Canada recognizes the importance of considering the potential impact of antennas and their supporting structures on their surroundings. As such, the Department has instituted procedures for users of the radio frequency spectrum which give consideration to the following three areas:

  • the environment,
  • Health Canada's Safety Code 6, and
  • land-use consultation.

The Environment

Industry Canada expects that the installation or modification of radio stations will be done in a manner that complies with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.(CEAA). We expect users of the radio frequency spectrum to give due consideration to potential environmental impacts, including:

  • detrimental effects on water bodies, ground water or soil,
  • adverse effects on protected areas such as national parks, and
  • alteration, disruption or destruction of habitat for wildlife and fisheries.

Safety Code 6

Published by Health Canada in 1999, Safety Code 6 contains recommended safety procedures for the installation and use of radiofrequency-emitting devices. Industry Canada requires that radio stations be installed and operated in a manner that complies with Safety Code 6.

Land-use Consultation

Industry Canada believes that local concerns related to land-use are important to the community, and that municipal and other land-use authorities should have the opportunity to make their views known with regard to radiocommunication antenna towers within their boundaries.

When Industry Canada becomes aware of a land-use authority objection to a site-specific station, issuance of the licence will be delayed for a period of time sufficient for negotiations between the parties. While individual circumstances will vary, Industry Canada generally considers that once a participating land-use authority is contacted, it should make its views known to the applicant within 60 days. Further, the consultation process should be completed within 120 days.

Application Requirements

Applicants that are installing a new fixed antenna structure or making modifications to an existing structure are required to complete and submit an Environmental Information and Municipal/Land-Use Consultation Attestation as part of their on-line application. By completing this form, the applicant is notifying Industry Canada of any potential environmental impacts and of their consultation with land-use authorities regarding their installation. You must complete this attestation for each of your fixed stations if applicable.

You do not have to attest transportable stations, as this type of station does not have a fixed antenna installation.

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