Telecom - Commission Letter addressed to Céline Poitras (Blake, Cassels & Graydon S.E.N.C.R.L./s.r.l.)

Ottawa, 22 February 2021

Our reference: 8663-C12-201015470


Ms. Céline Poitras
Blake, Cassels & Graydon S.E.N.C.R.L./s.r.l.
Suite 3000,
1 Place Ville Marie,
Montréal (Québec) H3B 4N8

Re: Cisco Systems Canada Co. – Obligations of local voice communication service over Internet Protocol (VoIP service) providers with respect to 9-1-1 emergency service

Dear Ms. Poitras:

On 22 January 2021, Cisco Systems Canada Co. filed information related to its local VoIP 9-1-1 emergency service. This is to advise you that based on the information provided by Cisco Systems Canada Co. including the name of the 9-1-1 service provider, Commission staff is satisfied that Cisco Systems Canada Co.’s VoIP service meets its obligations for providing VoIP 9-1-1 service. Commission staff also considers that the proposed customer notification texts submitted by the company for review by the Commission are in compliance with the directives in Telecom Decision 2005-21Footnote1 and Telecom Decision 2005-61Footnote2. Finally, as of the date of this letter, Commission staff notes that Cisco Systems Canada Co. has completed the required information to be placed on the Commission’s list of Resellers and has a Basic International Telecommunications Service (BITS) licence.

It is the company’s responsibility to continue to provide 9-1-1 service to its customers and to provide customer notification texts informing customers of any 9-1-1 service limitations. The customer notification texts must be posted on the company’s website within five (5) business days of this letter or, in the case of new companies, by the date the company begins offering service to consumers. The company is also responsible for meeting all ongoing regulatory filings to maintain its licences and registrations.

Finally, the company is responsible for keeping current with regulations concerning the provision of 9-1-1 service. These regulations can be found on the Commission’s website at


Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution & Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Mr. Gary Pirtam, Theatre Controller – Canada Cisco Systems Canada Co.

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