Telecom and Broadcasting - Commission letter addressed to various parties

Ottawa, 6 January 2021

Our reference: 1011-NOC2020-0081


Lisa Anderson, Acting Chair
Deaf Wireless Canada Committee (DWCC);

Megan McHugh, President
Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind (CNSDB)

Wissam Constantin, Vice President
Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC);

Elliott Richman, Executive Director
Deafness Advocacy Association Nova Scotia (DAANS)

RE: Call for comments – Provision of paper bills by communications service providers CRTC 2020-81 – Request for information

Dear Lisa Anderson, Megan McHugh, Wissam Constantin, and Elliott Richman,

The Commission received separate applications for costs from the Deaf Wireless Canada Committee (DWCC), the Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind (CNSDB), Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC), and Deafness Advocacy Association Nova Scotia (DAANS) with respect to their participation in the above-noted matter. This matter is related to both telecommunications and broadcasting issues.

Commission staff notes that the Broadcasting Act does not contain any provisions for awarding costs for work related to broadcasting matters and that under the Telecommunications Act, the Commission may only award costs related to telecommunications matters. Parties are free to apply to the Broadcasting Participation Fund for the portion of their time dedicated to broadcasting matters in the proceeding. Accordingly, parties must demonstrate to the Commission what proportion of their costs relate to telecommunications, as opposed to broadcasting, matters.

Commission staff reminds parties that the Commission cannot predetermine the amount of time spent by costs applicants in combined telecommunications and broadcasting proceedings. It is only the individual costs applicant that knows the amount of time spent on particular issues and whether these issues relate to telecommunications or broadcasting matters.

In light of the above, Commission staff requests that the addressed costs applicants provide the percentage of time spent on telecommunications matters during the proceeding, justifying the method used to determine the division of time spent on telecommunications and broadcasting matters.

Commission staff requests this information by 14 January 2021. Any interested parties may file a response by 19 January 2021, after which the addressed costs applicants may file a reply by 22 January 2021.

A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.


Feyisayo Oni
Legal Counsel

cc: Julia Kelen -

cc: Distribution List

Union des Consommateurs –
Manitoba Coalition –
The CNIB Foundation –
Consumers Council of Canada (CCC) –
Bragg Communications Inc. –
Xplornet Communications Inc. –
TELUS Communications Inc. –
TekSavvy Solutions Inc. –
Shaw Communications Inc. –
Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) –
Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers) –
Québecor Média inc. –
Bell Canada –

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