Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-136

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References: Part 1 licence renewal applications posted on 26 January 2016

Ottawa, 15 April 2016

Various licensees
Various locations across Canada

The application numbers are set out in this decision.

Various community radio stations – Licence renewals

  1. The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the community radio programming undertakings listed in the table below from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2023.
    Licensee Call sign, location and application number
    Radio de la communauté francophone d’Ottawa CJFO-FM Ottawa, Ontario
    Vancouver Co-operative Radio CFRO-FM Vancouver, British Columbia
    Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation CHBB-FM Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador, and its transmitter CHRH-FM Rocky Harbour
    La Coopérative Radiophonique – La Brise de la Baie ltée CHQC-FM Saint John, New Brunswick
    Radio communautaire de la Rive-Sud inc. CHAA-FM Longueuil, Quebec
    Radio communautaire de Lévis CJMD-FM Lévis, Quebec
  2. The Commission received an intervention from the National Campus and Community Radio Association in support of the applications by Vancouver Co-operative Radio and Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation. The public record for this proceeding can be found on the Commission’s website at or by using the appropriate application number, provided in the table above.
  3. The licensees shall adhere to the conditions of licence set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2012-304, as well as to the conditions set out in the broadcasting licences for the undertakings.
  4. In addition, the licensee of CFRO-FM shall adhere to the following conditions of licence:
    • The licensee may devote a maximum of 25 hours and 30 minutes to third-language ethnic programming each broadcast week.
    • The licensee shall provide programming directed to a minimum of 12 ethno-cultural groups in at least 12 different languages each broadcast week.

    For the purposes of these conditions, the term “broadcast week” shall have the same meaning as that set out in the Radio Regulations, 1986.


  1. Pursuant to section 22 of the Broadcasting Act, the broadcasting licences renewed in this decision will cease to have any force or effect if the broadcasting certificates issued by the Department of Industry lapse.

Filing of ownership information

  1. As set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-499, the Commission expects all community and campus radio station licensees to file yearly updates on the composition of their boards of directors. These annual updates can be submitted at the time of submission of annual returns, following annual board of directors’ elections, or at any other time. As noted in Appendix 3 to that policy, licensees may submit such documentation via the Commission’s website.

Employment equity

  1. The Commission considers that community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to employment equity issues in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the licensees to consider these issues in their hiring practices and in all other aspects of their management of human resources.

Secretary General

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*This decision is to be appended to each licence.

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