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Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-21

  Ottawa, 28 February 2007

Call for comments on proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations


Emergency alert messages

1. In Emergency alert services, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-20, 28 February 2007 (Public Notice 2007-20), the Commission set out its approach to the establishment of emergency alert services in Canada. This approach was developed as a result of its consideration of applications to establish such services that were heard at the 1 May 2006 public hearing.
2. In Public Notice 2007-20, the Commission announced, among other things, its intention to amend section 7(d) of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations (the Regulations) so that the operator of a broadcasting distribution undertaking would no longer have to obtain the prior agreement of the operator of a programming service, or network responsible for the service, before inserting an emergency alert message.
3. The Commission further announced its intention to amend the definition of an "emergency alert message" set out in section 1 of the Regulations so that it would continue to include warnings to the public announcing an imminent or unfolding danger to life, but would exclude warnings of such dangers to property.
4. A copy of the proposed Regulations amending the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations is appended to this public notice.

Call for comments

5. Interested parties are invited to present their comments as to whether the proposed amendments accurately reflect the Commission's policy set out in Public Notice 2007-20. The Commission will consider comments received no later than 16 April 2007.
6. The Commission will not formally acknowledge comments. It will, however, fully consider all comments and they will form part of the public record of the proceeding, provided that the procedures for filing set out below have been followed.

Procedures for filing comments

7. Interested parties can file their comments to the Secretary General of the Commission:
  • by usingthe
    Broadcasting Intervention/Comments Form


  • by mail to
    CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2


  • by fax at
8. Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary.
9. Please number each paragraph of your submission. In addition, please enter the line ***End of document*** following the last paragraph. This will help the Commission verify that the document has not been damaged during transmission.

Important notice

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14. The Commission encourages interested parties to monitor the public examination file and the Commission's web site for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their comments.

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JUS-609204 (SOR/DORS)



  1. The definition "emergency alert message" in section 1 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations1is replaced by the following:

"emergency alert message" means a warning to the public announcing an imminent or unfolding danger to life. (message d'alerte d'urgence)

  2. Paragraph 7(d) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

(d) for the purpose of altering a programming service to insert an emergency alert message;



  3. These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.

Date Modified: 2007-02-28

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