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Ottawa, 17 August 2016


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RE: Follow-up to Mandatory distribution of emergency alert messages, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-444 – Disclosure of information submitted in confidence

Dear Madam or Sir:

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-444 (the Policy) introduced new requirements in respect of emergency alerting. At paragraph 84 of the Policy, the Commission directed each broadcaster and broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) to:

In accordance with the above requirement, broadcasters and BDUs disclosed to the Commission the status of their implementation of emergency alerting through the Commission’s Data Collection System (DCS) in 2015, using Form 1411 (Emergency Alert Implementation Report).Footnote 1  

This letter is to inform you that the information submitted through Form 1411 by broadcasters and BDUs will be used to report on their participation in the National Public Alerting System (NPAS). Additionally, publicly available information from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED; formerly Industry Canada) will also be used in the report, where appropriate.

Commission staff acknowledges that information filed in annual returns through DCS are filed in confidence with the Commission. However, Commission staff considers that the information submitted in Form 1411 is not confidential as the information relates solely to compliance with a regulatory obligation and does not disclose any commercially sensitive information. It is expected that future versions of Form 1411 will be revised to indicate that this information will no longer be collected on a confidential basis.

This information will be used to publish an interactive map on the Commission’s website, in the week of 12 September 2016, correlating information from the above-noted sources. The map will depict radio and over-the-air television stations that reported they are broadcasting emergency alert messages and will be complemented by a list of BDUs that reported they are distributing emergency alerts.

Should you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact Nathalie Péloquin by email at


[Original signed by Nanao Kachi for]

Steven Harroun
Director General
Strategic Policy

c.c.: Nathalie Péloquin (
Grégoire Bérubé (

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Footnote 1

In particular, responses to the following question from Form 1411 will be relied upon: “Are emergency alerts distributed to Canadians in accordance with Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-444?”

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