Canada: Policy Statements - Planning, Consultation (National and International)

Planning and Consultation (National and International) 5.14 Spectrum Resource Planning Under the Radiocommunication Act, Section 5.(1)(e), the Minister of Industry is responsible for planning the allocation and use of the spectrum. To carry out this function, the Department collects information, including statistical, on spectrum use and efficiency and its availability in various locations. It also assesses the impact of the introduction of new technologies, and market trends. This function is carried out by internal and contracted studies as well as from soliciting input from interested parties. Since the publication of the 1992 Framework, there has been recognition of the necessity to make information on the Department’s future plans to reallocate spectrum available to the public on a regular basis. This would include the time frames of making such reallocated spectrum available for various new or expanding services. In addition to demonstrating openness in the planning process, it is the Department’s belief that this information is vital for existing licensees as well as applicants in a competitive licensing process. This information is presently made available through the publication of the Guidelines on the Licensing Process and Spectrum Release Plan (strategis.gc.ca/SSG/sf05598e.html). Related Policy Guideline - Spectrum Resource Planning Planning of spectrum resources will continue to be a prime activity of the Department to support the process of allocating adequate spectrum for various existing and new services. The Department will publish on a regular basis a forecast of spectrum A Spectrum Policy Framework for Canada (2002 Revised Edition) resources and associated time frames of making additional spectrum and satellite orbital positions available for the benefit of all Canadians. The Department will continue to exercise a leadership role in planning and consultation at a national and international level to judiciously plan the spectrum resource. 5.15 Public Consultation The Department has an ongoing need to consult the public, interested individuals, organizations, and affected parties on various policy issues regarding the development and formulation of policies, standards and procedures to realize the greatest public benefit. The use of notices, published in the Canada Gazette, has been the formal instrument employed by the Department in the past to initiate comment, to apprise or inform the public, and to obtain representation on significant issues. Over the last few years, the Department has greatly expanded the use of the Internet as a means of making announcements, as well as disseminating and collecting information. This has facilitated the public’s access to this information in a timely manner and expedited the process of transmitting public comment. The Department will continue to use the most modern means for the dissemination and collection of information to and from the public. In order to make sound decisions on spectrum matters, the Department employs a systematic review process, which includes the public consultation mechanism discussed above. This process addresses all aspects of radiocommunication including national and international policy, allocations and licensing, and procedures and standards. In addition, the Department promotes the use of government/industry technical committees and has established ongoing relationships with major industry associations and user groups. Related Policy Guideline - Public Consultation The Department will continue to use the most modern means to disseminate and collect information and ensure that appropriate mechanisms are in place to allow interested parties to provide input to the Department on spectrum matters. 5.16 International The Canadian government, industry and other concerned organizations participate in international and regional organizations to represent Canadian interests on spectrum matters. On a global scale, the ITU establishes frequency allocations and regulations for the use of the spectrum and the processes for the coordination of frequency assignments. The ITU also develops an extensive set of recommendations for radio systems characteristics and spectrum use. On a regional scale, the principle body to address spectrum use is CITEL, which deals with spectrum and standards issues in the Americas and also advocates these views at the global level. A Spectrum Policy Framework for Canada (2002 Revised Edition) The Department also represents Canada at meetings with other administrations on spectrum issues. Since the publication of the 1992 Framework, we have increasingly operated in a global economy. Canada must look beyond traditional national and sub-regional boundaries to take into account developments in markets, spectrum planning and spectrum management techniques. Related Policy Guideline - International The Department will continue to exercise leadership and commitment to Canadian involvement in regional and international spectrum matters, including those involving national security and economic/market considerations. The marketing of Canadian expertise and products will be done in concert with private industry.

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