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Decision CRTC 2000-742


Ottawa, 29 Novembre 2000


1333598 Ontario Limited, doing business under the name of Superior Information Radio
Thunder Bay, Ontario - 200015075


18 September 2000 Public Hearing
National Capital Region


New low-power tourist information service


The Commission approves the application for a new low-power English-language FM radio station at Thunder Bay. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The applicant proposes a tourist information service promoting Thunder Bay historical information, tourist attractions, outdoor activities, camping information, emergency telephone numbers and hospital locations.


Programming will consist of one hour of pre-recorded messages repeated continuously over a 24-hour period. The service will operate on a year-round basis.


In its licensing policy for low-power radio broadcasting undertakings, the Commission indicated that the licences for these undertakings would be subject to conditions that would define programming so as to ensure that licensees do not begin to offer the same service as a conventional licensee, without prior Commission approval (PN 1993-95). These conditions are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The Commission acknowledges the interventions received in support of this application.


Related CRTC document

  • Public Notice 1993-95 - A licensing policy for low-power radio broadcasting

Secretary General


This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site: 



Terms of licence for the low-power FM radio programming undertaking at Thunder Bay


A licence will be issued and effective when the licensee confirms in writing that it is ready to begin operation. This must take place within 12 months of today's date. Any request for an extension to that deadline requires Commission approval and must be made in writing within that period.


The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable, subject to determination that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services. When the Department certifies that a broadcasting certificate will be issued, the Commission will issue the licence and the licensee may begin operation (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).


The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2007.


As proposed, the station will operate on the frequency 97.1 MHz, channel 246LP, with an effective radiated power of 1.3 watts.


The technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service. The applicant would have to select another frequency for the operation of the service if required to do so to permit the best use of the frequency band.


Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified below and to any other condition specified in the licence to be issued.


1. The licensee must use the station solely for the purpose of broadcasting recorded messages promoting Thunder Bay tourist attractions, historical information, recreation, cultural and educational activities as well as safety and public service announcements.


2. The licensee must broadcast no more than six minutes per clock hour of advertising material.


3. The licensee must broadcast no musical selections, except as incidental background music.


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