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Route references: 2013-322

Ottawa, 19 November 2013

Vista Radio Ltd.
Various locations in Alberta and British Columbia

The application numbers are set out in the decision.

Various commercial radio stations – Licence renewals

1. The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the commercial radio programming undertakings set out below from 1 January 2014[1] to 31 August 2020.

Application number Date received Call sign and location
2013-0279-4 6 February 2013 CFNA-FM Bonnyville, AB
2013-0310-7 7 February 2013 CFRI-FM Grande Prairie, AB
2013-0304-9 6 February 2013 CJCI-FM[2] Prince George, BC
2013-0308-1 7 February 2013 CJSU-FM Duncan, BC
2013-0309-9 7 February 2013 CFPW-FM Powell River, BC
2013-0311-4 7 February 2013 CIQC-FM Campbell River, BC and its transmitter CJGR-FM Gold River
2013-0315-6 7 February 2013 CKGF-2-FM Greenwood, BC and its transmitters CKGF-1-FM Christina Lake and CKGF-3-FM Rock Creek

2. The licensee shall adhere to the conditions set out in Conditions of licence for commercial AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-62, 11 February 2009, as amended from time to time, as well as to the following condition with respect to CFNA-FM Bonnyville:

As an exception to the percentage of Canadian musical selections set out in section 2.2(8) of the Radio Regulations, 1986, the licensee shall devote at least 40% of its musical selections from content category 2 (Popular Music) in each broadcast week to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety.

For the purposes of this condition, the terms ‘broadcast week,” “Canadian selection,” “content category” and “musical selection” shall have the same meanings as set out in the Radio Regulations, 1986.

3. The Commission received interventions regarding some of the applications treated in this decision by the Province of British Columbia. The interventions related to the participation of the stations in its jurisdiction in the National Public Alerting System (NPAS). The public record for this proceeding is available on the Commission’s website at under “Public Proceedings.”

4. As specified in its three-year plan, the Commission will be looking at measures to ensure the participation of Canadian broadcasters and telecommunications service providers in the NPAS. Therefore, the Commission will not impose conditions of licence requiring the participation of broadcasters in the NPAS at this time. However, the Commission expects all licensees to voluntarily participate in the NPAS so that Canadians receive timely warnings of imminent perils.

5. In Broadcasting Decision 2010-420, the Commission found the licensee of CJCI-FM Prince George in non-compliance with section 9(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations) relating to the timely filing of annual returns for the 2005-2006 to 2007-2008 broadcast years and renewed the station for a short term in order to allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with the Regulations. However, the Commission finds that the licensee has met its regulatory requirements over the current licence term and accordingly considers it appropriate to renew the licence for CJCI-FM for a full licence term.


6. The Commission reminds the licensee that it must fulfill the tangible benefit commitments set out in Broadcasting Decision 2008-323 relating to the acquisition of CFNA-FM Bonnyville from 912038 Alberta Ltd.

7. Further, pursuant to section 22 of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission reminds the licensees that a broadcasting licence will cease to have any force or effect if the broadcasting certificate issued by the Department of Industry lapses.

Employment equity

8. Because the licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and file reports concerning employment equity with the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.

Secretary General

Related documents

*This decision is be appended to each licence.


[1] The original licence expiry date for these undertakings was 31 August 2013. The licences were administratively renewed until 31 December 2013 as a result of Broadcasting Decision 2013-418.

[2] In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2013-322, the Commission erroneously listed the call sign for CJCI-FM Prince George as CJCL-FM.

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