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Decision CRTC 2001-163


Ottawa, 5 March 2001


André Curadeau, on behalf of a company to be incorporated
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec 2000-1712-0


30 January 2001 Public Hearing National Capital Region


New Christian music FM radio station


The Commission approves the application for a new French-language specialty FM radio station at Rouyn-Noranda. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The proposed service

1. 9;

The new station will broadcast 126 hours a week of locally produced programming. Programming will contain 20% spoken word content, including local news, information and sports. A 90-minute program on social issues, personal growth, suicide, violence, and legal issues will be produced on a daily basis, and will occasionally include various local social workers and humanitarian agencies.

2. 9;

Programming staff will consist of five full-time employees, who will produce and broadcast local news, information and sports, and produce advertising messages and community announcements.

3. 9;

At least 90% of the station's total weekly music will be drawn from subcategory 35 (non-classic religious).

4. 9;

The applicant has committed to not offer religious programming as defined in the religious broadcasting policy. The Commission, nevertheless, reminds the applicant that, if it does offer religious programming, it must abide by the requirements set out in Public Notice CRTC 1993-78 with respect to balance and other matters involving the broadcasting of religious programming as well as the policy regarding soliciting funds.

5. 9;

The applicant further committed to devote 15% of its category 3 music selections on a weekly basis to Canadian selections, which exceeds the minimum of 10% required under the Radio Regulations, 1986. A condition of licence in this regard is included in the appendix to this decision.

6. 9;

With regard to the development of Canadian talent, the applicant committed to allocate a minimum of $2,600 annually in direct expenditures. The winners of the various contests will be able to record their material on compact disc. Groups that have never made a recording will have the opportunity to cut a disc at no charge and win gigs through on-air promotion of their CDs. A condition of licence in this regard is included in the appendix to this decision.

7. 9;

The Commission has noted the petition filed in favour of this application.


Related CRTC documents

  • Public Notice 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations
  • Public Notice 1995-60 - A review of certain matters concerning radio
  •  Public Notice 1993-78 - Religious broadcasting policy
  • Public Notice 1992-59 - Implementation of an employment equity policy

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: 


Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-163


Terms of licence for the specialty radio programming undertaking at Rouyn-Noranda


The Commission will only issue the licence, and it will only be effective at such time as:

  • 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, having advised that the application is conditionally technically acceptable, has determined that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services and indicated that it will issue a broadcasting certificate (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).

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


The station will broadcast on the FM band, on the frequency 88.7 MHz, channel 204LP, with an effective radiated power of 50 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.


The Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources (PN 1992-59).


Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified below and in the licence to be issued, also as set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137.


1. The licensee must operate the station within the Specialty format as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1995-60, as amended from time to time.


2. The licensee must draw at least 90% of the total weekly music from sub-category 35 (non-classic religious).


3. The licensee must ensure that a minimum of 15% of Category 3 music selections (Special Interest) broadcast each week are Canadian selections.


4. The licensee must contribute annually a minimum of $2,600 in direct expenditures for the development of Canadian talent.

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