Start Your Own LPFM Indigenous Radio Station
Learn how to setup an indigenous radio station network in Canada and abroad. It is super easy with minimal effort to get started once you learn the rules and regulations. We have the technology and expertise to get your station on-air!
In Canada, broadcast licensing is done through the CRTC who regulates the content that is broadcast. Logistics need to be planned on applying for a Broadcasting Certificate with ISED (who is responsible for hardware licencing. You’ll need to register separately at both these departments and familiarize dissimilar workflows with CRTC and ISED tools providing limited technical support. You will also have to figure out how to navigate Navigation Canada about clearances.
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All Broadcasters (including Type A Exempt), need to first apply for a Broadcasting Certificate from ISED. From there, ISED signals the CRTC that they received an application for a Broadcasting Certificate.
As noted in the CRTC form, broadcast undertakings require a Broadcast Certificate from Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). Information regarding Broadcast Certificates are available at Government of Canada. General rules regarding broadcast certificate applications and procedures are contained in the BPR-1 document located here. Please note the requirement for submission by qualified personnel, as per subsection 1.1 of BPR-1. Service contours are normally part of the engineering brief of the submitted application.
ISED provides this free self-serve Coverage Prediction tool (otherwise you’ll have to pay an engineer) to determine if your station is in a licence exempt situation and to generate the required maps that are acceptable to ISED technical standards.
Application requirements specific to FM Broadcast Certificates are contained in the BPR-3 document. for application requirements set out in BPR-3 for Low Power or Very Low Power applications may be of relevance to you and your representative.
|Time Frame to obtain Government of Canada broadcast licensing|
|Indigenous Class||Power||Approval||Estimated Filing Cost|
|Type A Indigenous (Exempt)||VLPFM and LPFM||30 – 90 days *||$2,495.00|
Type B Indigenous
|VLPFM and LPFM||12 – 36 Months *||$5,000.00 – $25,000.00|
|Type B Indigenous||Over 50 Watts ERP||12 – 36 Months *||$25,000.00 +|
|* Ever Changing Rules, Regulations and Eligibility|
We can help you or your group’s representative(s) that have any questions regarding navigating the Broadcast Certificate side of the process within the multiple departments of the Canadian government.