LPFM Licensing in Canada

License Exempt? RSS-123, RSS-210, BETS-1 and Part 15??

Does this looks confusing to setup a short duration LPFM parking lot radio station for a Church service or “pop up” drive in theater covering a area of a few hundred square feet?

We can help explain the terminology and updated technical requirements to ensure you are operating legally*

Exempted Radio and TV Stations

CRTC does allow for some stations to operate as Exempted. Please note a broadcast certificate of the actual transmission hardware is still required by ISED.

Unlicensed LPFM broadcasting in Canada


Certification for low power equipment operating in the FM band, such as microphones and short range transmitters


List of approved equipment not needing a FM broadcast certificate. License-Exempt Radio Apparatus: Category I Equipment


Broadcasting Equipment Technical Standard. Low Power Transmitters in the Frequency Band 88-107.5 MHz

Part 15 Radio

US only and not applicable to Canada

ISED info, 12 years old, still current Frequently Asked Questions on Low Power FM Broadcasting

This chart may help in deciding how to proceed with unlicensed LPFM broadcasting in Canada.

Are you having trouble opening up proprietary PDF ISED government application forms? Canadian government didn’t pay the proper licensing fees, most are inoperable. Open Source PDF users are also advised Adobe hasn’t updated their Java packages since 2016.

*Please note that this information is provided as a general overview only, and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that you consult with a qualified legal professional for any specific questions or concerns.

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