Consultation on telecommunications services in the Far North
Current status: Open
- Start date: October 13, 2023
- End date: December 22, 2023
We want to hear Nunavut and Inuit Nunangat perspectives on what actions we should take to improve Internet and phone services in Nunavut and Inuit Nunangat.
We are now accepting new submissions that provide Nunavut or Inuit Nunangat perspectives from those who have not previously provided input.
How to participate
There are a few ways you can participate. Please note that we will make all comments public. The deadline to participate is December 22, 2023 at 8 p.m. (EST).
Submit a formal comment by using our intervention form. You’ll have to agree to our privacy statement first.
Submit a formal comment by sending a letter with your ideas and opinions to the mailing address below.
Submit a formal comment to the fax number below.
Key topics for discussion
We wanted to hear from you about what solutions would best meet the needs of these three communities in the Far North.
What actions should we take to make Internet and home phone services:
- more affordable?
- more reliable?
- more competitive?
- better support reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?
Learn more about the topics for discussion set out in the Notice of Consultation and in the Call for comments about the three communities.
A summary with key information is also available in the following languages:
- Cree (HTML/PDF, 90.9 KB)
- Chipewyan (PDF, 223 KB)
- Inuktitut (HTML/PDF, 170 KB)
- Inuinnaqtun (HTML/PDF, 89.5 KB)
Due to technical limitations, the Chipewyan version of the summary is only available as a PDF document. If you would like more information or request a copy of the summary in an alternative format, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we learned so far
- Interventions (comments we received online, by mail and by fax)
- CRTC Conversations (comments and online survey results)
- Research on telecommunications services in Northern Canada
What happened in phase 1
Phase 1 of the consultation about telecommunications services in the Far North was open between November 2, 2020 and January 20, 2021.
- Read more about the issues covered in the Phase 1 Call for comments about the state of telecommunications services in Canada’s North
- Northern telecommunications services public opinion research report – Final report
What happened in phase 2
Phase 2 of the consultation first ran from June 8, 2022 to October 6, 2022. We re-opened the consultation from October 24, 2022 to December 12, 2022 to include three other communities in the Far North:
- Atlin, British Columbia;
- Fort St. John, British Columbia; and
- High Level, Alberta.
A public hearing was held between April 17 and April 21, 2023.
Learn more about the topics for discussion, which are set out in the Call for comments – Telecommunications in the Far North, Phase II.
Everyone living in Canada should have affordable access to phone and Internet services.
All Canadians should have affordable access to telecommunications services, especially access to the Internet. Most plans available in the Far North offer low value for money, especially Internet access, compared to the south.
Services should be reliable and allow for the same online activities as those available in the South.
The quality and reliability of services should improve so that people in the Far North can do the same activities (such as videoconferencing) as people in the south. Improving quality and reliability will ensure that people in the Far North are not excluded from social or economic opportunities.
People in the Far North want more competition with respect to their Internet services.
The circumstances in the Far North make it challenging to support competition that will improve the affordability, reliability and quality of services.
High quality and affordable access to phone and Internet services is important for reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians.
The solutions that we examine to better meet the needs of people in the Far North should be considered in the context of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
Read more about the issues covered in the Phase 1 Call for comments about the state of telecommunications services in Canada’s North.
- Broadband Fund – Closing the digital divide in Canada
- CRTC Broadband Fund selected projects
- Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2018-213 - Phase-out of the local service subsidy regime
- Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2013-711 - Northwestel Inc. – Regulatory Framework, Modernization Plan, and related matters
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