Industry Canada  – ISED

“The Government of Canada is not involved in the specifics of tower installations, but we do set the law; it’s called the Radiocommunication Act. Providing technical requirements are met, we only get involved when there is an impasse between the municipality and the company. In these rare cases, we look at the facts and provide a decision.”


Radiocommunication Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. R-2) 


CPC-2-0-03 — Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems


Report On the National Antenna Tower Policy Review – Section D


Report On the National Antenna Tower Policy Review – Section F


Land-use Authority and Public Consultation


Model Municipal Access Agreement


Federation of Municipalities


British Columbia



Report Back on Contracting Protocol and Lease Rates for Telecommunications Installations on City-Owned Poles  July 8, 2015

Telecommunications Infrastructure in the City of Vancouver –  Feb 13, 2015


North Vancouver






Salmon Arm








District of Maple Ridge Telecommunication Antenna Structures Siting Protocols (V2)  APRIL 22, 2014


Pitt Meadows  

“11.2 Exemption : Servicing requirements may be waived where a parcel is to be created solely for the use of unattended equipment necessary for the operation of a telecommunication relay station”


Township of Langley

07-331 Telecommunication Tower Master Plan Policy




Galiano Island




Peace River – Oct 24, 2017


Grand Forks

# 8. GRAND FORKS: Microcell Transmitter Placement Consultation

WHEREAS public consultation on the placement of cell towers is mandated; AND WHEREAS new technology is moving away from these large towers to microcell transmitters which do not require local government or public consultation:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM petition relevant provincial and federal governments to mandate consultation with the land use authorities and the public regarding microcell transmitter siting within 100 meters of residences, schools and hospitals.

UBCM comments:

The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution asking the provincial and federal governments to implement a requirement for consultation with the public regarding placement of microcell transmitters specifically.

[6] UBCM would point out that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been working for some time on behalf of local governments to address the issue of antenna siting, and in 2014, the federal government introduced new regulations for companies wishing to install radio communication antenna towers. The Joint Protocol on Antenna Siting, between FCM and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), reflects the 2014 regulations:

FCM confirms that Industry Canada has officially removed the exemption that had permitted antenna towers under 15 meters to be built without notification or consultation with local governments and the public. To be clear, companies must share towers where possible, consult with local governments and the public, and adhere to existing local antenna siting protocols.

It would appear that mechanisms are already in place to address the concern raised by the sponsor regarding placement of microcell transmitters. Rather than moving forward with a resolution on this issue, UBCM would encourage the sponsor to contact UBCM and FCM for assistance developing and implementing a local protocol for antenna siting.

In the context of resolutions, UBCM members endorsed resolution 2002-A6, which requested that the federal government “develop a workable, fair and meaningful process to adjudicate disputes relating to the location and siting of telecommunications towers, including effective dispute resolution mechanisms and enforceable penalty provisions.” More recently, the membership endorsed amended resolution 2012- B141, which called on the federal government to:

  • institute a requirement for consultation with local governments prior to approval and installation of telecommunications towers or antennae;
  • develop and adopt best practices for minimizing the impacts of towers in communities; and
  • work cooperatively with local governments to resolve issues that may arise.AKBLG comments: Endorsed.




Edmonton  Jan 14, 2013


Pincher Creek  Section 60 Page 27



Mississauga – 2018


Hamilton – 2015 June 24



Originally Posted by FCM and CWTA

OTTAWA – February 28, 2013 – Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President Karen Leibovici and Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) President Bernard Lord announced today at a news conference in Ottawa, a joint protocol on the siting process of wireless antenna systems.

“The purpose of the protocol is to ensure there is notification and meaningful local consultation on the location and visual aesthetics of antenna systems before they are installed, and that Canadians continue to have access to the wireless services they need to support their businesses and stay connected with their families,” said FCM president Karen Leibovici.

The Joint Antenna System Siting Protocol is the result of a partnership between municipalities and the wireless industry, through FCM and CWTA, to find common sense solutions to the challenge of building Canada’s digital infrastructure while respecting local land use preferences and community concerns

The protocol establishes a more comprehensive notification and consultation process than current regulations, and emphasizes the need for meaningful pre-consultation to ensure local land use priorities and sensitivities are fully reflected in the location and design of new antenna systems. Telecommunications carriers have agreed for the first time to notify municipalities of all antennas being installed before their construction, regardless of height, and to undertake full public consultation for towers under 15 meters – whenever deemed necessary by the municipality.

“Canadians expect reliable, high quality wireless service wherever they are. By working together, communities and the industry can guarantee there is enough critical infrastructure in place to keep Canadians connected to the devices and technology they love, and keep our economy strong,” said CWTA president Bernard Lord.

Today, more than 26 million Canadians have a mobile phone or wireless device. Traffic on some Canadian mobile networks is growing 5% every week. In order to meet this demand, wireless facilities need to be located wherever people use wireless service, whether that be at home, at work, or while commuting. Local governments and telecommunications carriers are doing their part, and we welcome the federal government’s support of this collaborative effort so that communities can benefit from wireless technology while having local priorities and concerns respected in the antenna siting process.

The Protocol is available at:…rotocol_EN.pdf