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18 October 2019

If you submitted any of the ownership forms (906, 908 and 909) in the last broadcasting survey, the forms will be pre‑populated in the new survey with the information submitted in the previous year. The information will need to be validated and the forms will then need to be submitted by the response manager. Please also note that there are two new ownership forms (907a and 907b) which will only be issued to trusts. Finally, please note that form 906 will not be issued to not-for-profit entities.

9 October 2019

Data collection for the Broadcasting Annual Return for the period ending August 31, 2019 will begin on October 16, 2019. A letter and an email will be sent to participating entities in the near future requesting them to submit their data using the web-based Data Collection System (DCS). The Broadcasting Regulations indicate that annual returns must be filed by 30 November of each year.

27 September 2019

The Quarterly Survey on the operations of broadcasters and telecommunications providers for the third quarter 2019 will commence on 1 October 2019. The filing date for this survey is 1 November 2019.

25 June 2019

The Quarterly Survey on the operations of broadcasters and telecommunications providers for the second quarter 2019 will commence on 3 July 2019. The filing date for this survey is 2 August 2019.

26 March 2019

The Quarterly Survey on the operations of broadcasters and telecommunications providers for the first quarter 2019 will commence on 2 April 2019. The filing date for this survey is 2 May 2019.

1 March 2019

The annual Telecommunications survey for the period ended 31 December 2018 will begin 19 February 2019. A letter and email has been sent to participating entities indicating the filing method available to them.

  • Entities that are instructed to file electronically must submit their data using the web-based Data Collection system. Applicable data forms will be issued based on last year's filling. Additional data forms may be issued once the Registration form is submitted. The Registration form is due on 1 March 2019 and data forms are due on 29 March 2019.

31 January 2019

The annual Communications Pricing Survey for the period ended 31 December 2018 begins on 16 January 2019. The filing date for this survey is 1 March 2019.

31 January 2019

The annual Telecommunications Facilities Survey for the period ended 31 December 2018 begins on 16 January 2019. The filing date for this survey is 1 March 2019.

3 January 2019

The Quarterly Survey on the operations of broadcasters and telecommunications providers for the fourth quarter 2018 will commence on 2 January 2019. The filing date for this survey is 4 February 2019.

Current surveys

Data for the following surveys is currently being collected by the Data Collection System (DCS)

Updates

In Broadcasting Circular 2007-7, Administrative changes to broadcasting industry data collection, dated 18 October 2007, the CRTC set out the process for the transition to web-based filing of data gathered by paper-based filings. Starting in 2008, selected licensees were required to file their broadcasting data electronically. For 2010 reporting period, electronic filing has been expanded to include most licensees that will submit its broadcasting undertakings' annual return(s) and related statements using the web-based Data Collection System (DCS).

Telecom Circular 2007-17, 18 October 2007 provided notice of administrative changes regarding the collection of telecommunications data. The Commission also provided notice that Statistics Canada and the Commission will gradually harmonize their separate data collection processes so as to further reduce the data collection burden on the telecommunications industry.

As a result of Telecom Circular 2007-17, a number of changes have been made to the forms in the annual telecommunications survey. These changes integrate the extra data requirements for Statistics Canada, simplify reporting requirements and capture new information as the telecommunications industry continues to evolve. As a result, the following two paper-based surveys will now be collected as part of the Annual Telecommunications Survey.

  • Annual Survey of Telecommunications – SDDS no. 2722
  • Annual Survey of Internet Service Providers – SDDS no. 4303

The net result of the integration of the CRTC and Statistics Canada telecommunications data collection is to reduce the burden on the industry as well as facilitating the filing of data electronically.

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