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Decision CRTC 2001-395

Ottawa, 9 July 2001

1158556 Ontario Ltd.
Timmins, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia 2000-1955-6

Application processed by
Public Notice CRTC 2001-42
dated 2 April 2001

Denial of a request to add a low power transmitter of CHIM-FM Timmins at Vancouver


The Commission denies the application to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CHIM-FM Timmins by adding a transmitter at Vancouver.


The licensee proposed to operate a low-power transmitter on frequency 92.9 MHz, channel 225 LP, with an effective radiated power of 38 watts. It wished to extend CHIM-FM's Christian music service to residents of Vancouver.


Four parties intervened in opposition to this application: Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, licensee of CJJR-FM and CKBD Vancouver, Standard Radio Inc., licensee of CKZZ-FM and CISL Vancouver, CHUM Limited and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. They opposed allowing a Timmins station to rebroadcast its signal into Vancouver on the grounds that there are very limited frequencies available in that radio market. Some of the interveners considered that the present proposal should have triggered a call for competing applications. For its part, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group also claimed that the proposed transmitter could cause interference to the reception of CJJR-FM which operates on 93.7 MHz, the fourth adjacent frequency to 92.9 MHz.


The applicant responded that its application had received technical approval from the Department of Industry.


The Commission has previously identified the Vancouver radio market as an area where available frequencies are scarce. In the present case, the Commission does not consider the proposed rebroadcasting of a Timmins radio station in Vancouver would have provided listeners in that city with programming that offers adequate local reflection or community-based service. Accordingly, the Commission is not convinced that approval of the application would represent optimum use of the proposed frequency.


In February 2001, the Commission announced a review of its policy on low-power radio services (Public Notice CRTC 2001-19). The Commission stated in that public notice that such services are particularly well-suited to provide local community-based programming. The Commission considers that future applicants for low-power radio services to serve large communities should take into account the results of this review.


The Commission acknowledges the 19 interventions submitted in support of this application.

Related CRTC documents

. Public Notice 2001-19 - Review of community channel policy and low-power radio broadcasting policy

. Public Notice 2000-127 - Call for comments on a licensing framework for low-power community television undertakings in urban areas, and in other markets not covered by existing policy

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

Secretary General

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