Dedicated channels will support B.C.'s logging, mining, energy and sport tourism industries
June 5, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
On remote and isolated backcountry resource roads in British Columbia, reliable and quick communication can mean the difference between life and death. Today, Industry Minister James Moore, in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, announced a new client-focused approach to managing radio communications on the province's resource roads.
Industry Canada will dedicate 40 new exclusive radio channels to improve the effectiveness of communications and increase the safety on resource roads. This action will help reduce any interruptions or interference among radio communication users on these roads, resource sectors and other radio spectrum services.
Soon, truck drivers and other users of resource roads will no longer need to worry about having the correct radio channel to safely travel in B.C.'s backcountry. With the 40 new dedicated radio channels, they'll be equipped to work throughout the province.
These improvements to spectrum management will be accompanied by additional measures, such as standardized signs and uniform radio calling protocols, that will further improve safety on B.C.'s resource roads.
Office of the Minister of Industry