Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-108

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Reference: Part 1 application posted on 14 February 2019

Ottawa, 15 April 2019

CIAM Media & Radio Broadcasting Association
Fort Vermilion, Alberta and Fort Liard, Northwest Territories

Public record for this application: 2019-0094-4

CIAM-FM Fort Vermilion – New transmitter in Fort Liard

  1. The Commission approves the application by CIAM Media & Radio Broadcasting Association to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language community radio programming undertaking CIAM-FM Fort Vermilion, Alberta, in order to operate a low‑power FM transmitter in Fort Liard, Northwest Territories. The licensee stated that the people in the area of Fort Liard and the nearby Indigenous reserves have expressed an interest in the programming of CIAM-FM and that the proposed amendment will allow the area to be covered from an overall community perspective. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
  2. The new transmitter will operate at 95.1 MHz (channel 236LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 81.53 metres).
  3. Pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department of Industry (the Department) notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
  4. The Department’s BPR-3: Application Procedures and Rules for FM Broadcasting Undertakings specifies that a low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter is considered a secondary assignment operating on an unprotected channel. Should an FM station or transmitter with protected status be granted a frequency that is incompatible with that used by the low-power transmitter considered in this decision, the licensee may need to cease the operation of that low-power transmitter or file an application to change its frequency and/or technical parameters.
  5. The transmitter must be in operation by no later than 15 April 2021. To request an extension, the licensee must submit a written request to the Commission at least 60 days before that date, using the form available on the Commission’s website.

Secretary General

This decision is to be appended to the licence.

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