2. Compliance with Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC) Consultation Requirements

All operators as described in Section 1, must adhere to the conditions outlined in the relevant Client Procedures Circulars (CPC) issued by Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC). Specifically, CPC 2-0-03 (2014) discusses the siting of antenna systems – both freestanding and on buildings, and CPC 2-0-17 (2014) outlines the requirement for mandatory sharing of structures between proponents.

The five key components of CPC 2-0-03 (2014) indicate that proponents must:

  1. Prior to the construction of a radiocommunications site, consult the relevant Land Use Authority (LUA) - this is usually the local municipal government, or the Province in the case of Crown Land.
  2. Consult the public prior to the start of construction. In the case where an LUA has a public consultation protocol defined, then the proponent must follow the LUA process. But in the case where a Land Use Authority (LUA) does not have an existing public consultation protocol, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC) requires that proponents follow the Default Consultation Protocol outlined in CPC 2-0-03 (2014).
  3. Adhere to the limits placed on electromagnetic energy (EME) exposure from radiocommunications site equipment as outlined in Health Canada’s Limits of Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Energy in the Frequency Range of 3 kHz to 300 GHz - Safety Code 6 (2009)- more commonly known as “Health Canada Safety Code 6”.
  4. Obtain approval from NAV Canada for the placement of the site relative to aerodromes and navigational aids, and obtain lighting requirements from Transport Canada to ensure that structures are visible to aircraft.
  5. In addition to the components above, CPC 2-0-17 (2013) – Conditions of Licence for Mandatory Roaming and Antenna Tower and Site Sharing and to Prohibit Exclusive Site Arrangements outlines conditions which must also be addressed by the proponent related to efforts to co-locate on existing tower structures.