Institutional details 2016
Name of Authority
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
Year created 1968
Legal document that created the authority
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act
Reports to Report to Legislature/Parliament & Annual report to the Sector Ministry
Does the Regulatory Authority also regulate other public utilities (e.g. electricity, gas, etc.)?
Is the Regulatory Authority autonomous in its decision making?
Who approves the budget of the Regulator?
Indicate the percentage of budget financed from each source:
Regulatory fees; ; percentage: 100%
Structure of the Regulator 2016
Name of the Head of the Regulatory Authority:
Jean-Pierre Blais (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer)
Is it a collegial body? Yes
Total number of members n/a
Is the Head of the commission also responsible for day to day administrative matters? Yes
Who appoints the Members/Head?
Federal Government - Cabinet
Period of appointment (years): n/a
Total number of staff in the Regulatory Authority: n/a
Regulatory Functions 2016
M R Licensing
Industry Canada licenses radiocommunication providers. CRTC licenses broadcasters.
R Interconnection rates
R Price Regulation
M Technical standards settings
M Radio frequency allocation
M Spectrum monitoring and enforcement
R Numbering
n/a Type approval
n/a Service quality monitoring
R Universal Service
n/a Quality of service standards
R Enforcement of quality of service obligations
R Broadcasting
R Broadcasting content
M Information technology
n/a Internet content
Key: M - Sector Ministry
R - Regulatory Authority
Om - Other Ministry or Government body
Op - Operator
O - Other
NR - Not regulated
Recent Legislation 2016
1997 Broadcasting License Fee Regulation
1995 Telecommunications Fees Regulations
Defines carriers payments to the Commission
1994 Radiocommunication Act (revised)
Supervision and regulation of use of the radio spectrum.
1993 Telecommunications Act
Establishes powers of CRTC and the government, and policy objectives. Supports reliance on market forces where competition is sufficient to protect the interest of users. Cabinet has authority to issue policy directions and review CRTC decisions.
1991 Broadcasting Act
1987 Teleglobe Canada Reorganization and Divestiture Act
1987 Television Broadcasting Regulations
1979 Broadcasting Rules of Procedure
1979 CRTC Telecommunications Rules of Procedure
1979 Telecommunications Rules of Procedure
Directs Canadian Carriers and interested parties on the type of applications to make

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