Targeted Stakeholder Engagement on potential Implementation Models for a Public Safety Broadband Network in Canada

From Public Safety Canada, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Current status: Open

The Government of Canada, through the newly-created Federal Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) Task Team, will be engaging with diverse stakeholders on implementation models for a potential Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN). Public Safety Broadband Networks are secure high-speed wireless data communications networks. These can be used by emergency responders and public safety personnel to communicate with each other in emergency situations and during day-to-day operations, and hold the potential to improve the effectiveness and safety of first responders and the public safety community.

This process is underway and will continue until Fall 2017.

Why

Feedback received from this targeted stakeholder engagement will allow the Government of Canada to better understand the potential benefits of a Public Safety Broadband Network, and will support decision making moving forward.

Who

The potential deployment of a PSBN network requires collaboration between multiple sectors.

Targeted stakeholder engagement will include the following groups: federal, provincial and territorial authorities, Tri-Services (police, paramedics and firefighters), municipalities, industry (e.g., commercial carriers, telecommunications sector and related equipment providers), critical infrastructure operators, representatives from rural and remote communities, Indigenous community representatives, academia and international public safety counterparts.

Engagement activities have already begun through the creation of specific working groups comprised of members from the first responders community, federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, with a number of targeted engagement events scheduled over the coming months.

What

The targeted engagement will focus on common or unique elements that would need to be considered for a variety of potential implementation models, such as existing capabilities and innovative solutions, technical/security requirements, public safety user requirements, infrastructure, spectrum licensing conditions and efficient use of spectrum, governance, costs, and revenue sources.

A high level report of stakeholder engagement outcomes will be available as soon as possible.

When and where

Date Activity Details Participate

Ongoing

Federal/Provincial/Territorial Interoperability Working Group

Teleconference and Face-to-Face engagement with established FPT working group, and expanded member ship of TriServices and Canadian Federation of Municipalities

By invitation only

Spring and Summer 2017

A series of focused workshops

Discussions on a number of issues including: governance, user requirements, technical requirements, standards, and service delivery approaches.

By invitation only

How to Participate

If you have questions about this targeted stakeholder engagement, please contact the Federal Task Team by e-mail at ps.interoperability-interoperabilite.sp@canada.ca.

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