Harper Government introduces changes that will improve access to satellite services across Canada
May 5, 2015 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
For many Canadians living in rural and remote communities, access to digital services is vital for their participation in the economy and society. Many of these communities rely on satellite technology for access to fast, reliable Internet, wireless cell phones, television, and radio services.
Today Industry Minister James Moore introduced changes that will reduce regulatory fees for satellite companies that provide rural and remote communities with satellite services. These changes will make Canada a more competitive jurisdiction, attracting new investments from companies that want to expand into the Canadian marketplace and from companies that want to improve existing services.
The new reduced fee structure is expected to come into effect by April 1, 2016. This is the second phase in the modernization of Canada's satellite licensing framework. In November 2013, the Government of Canada introduced a streamlined regulatory process that improved licence application timelines. Once the new fee structure comes into effect, Canada's satellite licensing fees would compare favourably with those in other countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
Office of the Minister of Industry