Over the last 20 years, wireless services have grown into something that Canadian consumers rely on every day. As a result, we are seeing an increasing number of new cell towers being constructed in our communities. The placement of these towers is becoming ever more divisive with the rapidly increasing demand for wireless services.
Canadians deserve to have a say in how new cell tower locations are identified in their communities. Improvements to
The changes to the policy guiding the installation of new antenna towers will require companies to:
-- consult communities on all commercial tower installations, regardless of
-- build the tower within three years of consulting with communities; and -- ensure that residents are well-informed of upcoming consultations.
The improvements will also strengthen federal communications with the public on tower siting procedures, including new online resources on the process, and new reporting mechanisms to track tower issues and report back to communities.
These measures build on the Harper Government's current tower sharing policies that require companies to first look at sharing existing tower infrastructure, whenever they can, to reduce the number of new towers needed in each community.
Canadian consumers expect their government to make decisions that will deliver more choice, lower prices and better service in the wireless sector for all Canadians. The Government of
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-- Under the existing cell tower siting policy, a company is only required to consult the community when it plans to build an antenna tower taller than 15 metres. -- Before any company can build a new cell tower, it is required to look at alternatives like whether there is an existing tower in the same area that it can share. -- All antenna towers, no matter the height, location or power, have to satisfy
Industry Canada'stechnical requirements and comply with Health Canada'srules to ensure the safety of Canadians.
"The placement of new cell towers is often a divisive issue in communities across
-- Backgrounder: Changes to
Canada'sAntenna Tower Siting Policy -- Speech Associated links -- Industry Canada: Antenna Structures
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The Government of
To help address the concerns of citizens about the number of new towers being built in their communities, in
The improvements to the Antenna Tower Siting Policy that were announced today will further strengthen the requirements for the wireless industry to consult with local residents, increase transparency for municipalities and improve communications throughout the tower siting process.
Specific changes will include:
-- requiring a company to consult on all commercial tower installations,
regardless of height; -- establishing a three-year limit between the time of consultation and the
time a tower is built; -- ensuring residents are well-informed of upcoming consultations by
requiring communications from the company to be clearly marked; and -- encouraging municipalities to get involved early in the tower siting
Furthermore, new measures will strengthen federal communications with the public on tower siting procedures. This will include:
-- new online resources; and -- new reporting mechanisms to track tower issues and report back to communities.
When an issue or impasse arises that is related to a new tower site, the parties can approach
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Jake EnwrightPress Secretary Office of the Minister of Industry613-995-9001 Media Relations Industry Canada613-943-2502 email@example.com Source: Industry Canada