Radiocommunications Facilities (Formerly telecommunications facilities)

The town does not have a role in approving radiocommunications facility installations. Industry Canada has exclusive authority and responsibility for managing the use of the radio frequency spectrum, including the approval of radiocommunications facility installations.

Industry Canada is a department of the Government of Canada. If you have any comments or concerns please contact your local Member of Parliament John Oliver at john.oliver@parl.gc.ca or Lisa Raitt at lisa.raitt@parl.gc.ca.

Industry Canada only provides the town with the opportunity to define the local consultation process and provide recommendations on facility design and siting on a property. Council has approved an Interim Radiocommunications Facilities Protocol that defines this process. Applicants of non-excluded facilities are required to consult with the land use authority. No formal planning approvals are given by the town. Rather, the town issues Municipal Letters of Comment for consideration by Industry Canada in their review of radiocommunications facility proposals. The town is a key stakeholder with whom applicants are asked to consult regarding non-excluded facilities.

View a list of frequently asked questions about how the radiocommunications facilities approvals process works.

Oakville's Interim Radiocommunications Facilities Protocol

Council approved an Interim Radiocommunications Facilities Protocol on October 24, 2011, which was upheld and amended on May 17, 2012 and October 26, 2015.. Key elements of the protocol include:

  • A number of setbacks and prohibitions where the town will not provide comment on new radiocommunications facility proposals. This includes on or within 200 metres from sensitive land uses (which includes residential uses, schools, daycares, and health care facilities); on or within 20 metres of a designated heritage building, structure, or landmark; on designated environmental lands; and within 120 metres of the Lake Ontario shoreline
  • Detailed public consultation requirements, including a requirement for all proponents to advise the town of new installations, notice signs, a written consultation process including all properties within the greater of 120 metres or three times the height of the tower, and a public open house
  • Detailed urban design guidelines for radiocommunications facilities
  • A power density calculation, to be submitted as part of a complete application; and
  • A requirement for endorsement from the applicable local Member of Parliament (MP) prior to the town considering an application for Municipal Letter of Comment on a number of locations throughout Oakville.

Notwithstanding Industry Canada’s CPC-2-03 Protocol or exclusion status, proponents of any radiocommunications facility are required to advise the town of their installation.

Industry Canada approval process

Industry Canada approves all new radiocommunications facilities. Notwithstanding any policy, position, or protocol from the town, regulatory authority over the radio and spectrum licence approval processes rests with Industry Canada under the Federal Radiocommunication Act (R.S.C. 1985, c.R-2).

Applicants are expected to work through Industry Canada and follow their CPC-2-0-03 protocol (Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems) when constructing new radiocommunications facilities. Consultation with the town and the general public is required, excluding the following five types of installations:

  • Addition or modification of an antenna system, transmission line, antenna-supporting structure or other radio apparatus to existing infrastructure, building, and other structures with an overall height increase no greater than 25 per cent of the structure's existing height.
  • New antenna systems with a height of less than 15 metres above ground level including masts, towers or other antenna-supporting structures.
  • The installation of an antenna system used for a special event, or an installation used to support local, provincial, or national emergency operations that is removed within three months after the emergency or special event.
  • The maintenance of an existing radio apparatus including the antenna system, transmission line, mast, tower or antenna-supporting structure.
  • The maintenance of an antenna system's painting or lighting in order to comply with Transport Canada's requirements.

The town excludes new radiocommunications facilities located on lands designated for employment uses at least 200 metres away from a sensitive land use from public consultation only (a notice sign is still required).

Public consultation

For non-excluded facility applications, Industry Canada requires a public consultation process. Should a proponent file a complete application for Municipal Letter of Comment (which includes satisfying the 200 metre setback requirement), the public consultation process to be followed includes the following requirements:

  • A mailing distributed to all property owners and tenants within the area extending a distance of three times the height of the proposed tower, measured from the outermost point of the radiocommunications facility; or to all property owners and tenants within 120 metres –– whatever is greater
  • A public open house
  • A notice sign; and
  • A newspaper notice, if the tower is greater than 30 metres in height

Industry Canada evaluates the public consultation as part of its application review. The town considers comments in its review, but is otherwise not involved in this evaluation.

Should Industry Canada overrule the town's protocol, their Default Consultation Process shall apply. The process requires written notification through a mailing distributed to all property owners and tenants within the area extending a distance of three times the height of the proposed tower, measured from the outermost point of the radiocommunications facility.

The town requires all proponents to advise the town about their planned installations under Section 3.3 of its Interm Radiocommunications Facilities Protocol, regardless of its nature or form. Industry Canada only requires public notice for the non-excluded facilities in the list above.

How many radiocommunications facilities are there in Oakville?

The town maintains an inventory of known radiocommunications facilities in Oakville, including basic information. For more detailed information, you will need to contact each individual service provider, or Industry Canada's area office in Burlington. Industry Canada makes data available through its Spectrum Direct webpage.

As of May 27, 2011, the town had been consulted on 29 radiocommunications facilities at the following locations:

  • 1474 Wallace Road (freestanding tower)
  • 1260 Marlborough Court (rooftop antennae)
  • 2479 Beryl Road (freestanding tower)
  • 2223 Royal Windsor Drive (freestanding tower)
  • 579 Chartwell Road (freestanding tower)
  • 200 Queen Mary Drive (rooftop antennae)
  • 2263 Marine Drive (rooftop antennae)
  • 2031 Bronte Road (freestanding tower)
  • 1257 Speers Road (freestanding tower)
  • 549 Chartwell Road (CNR lands, east of Chartwell/north of Cornwall) (freestanding tower)
  • 1039 Dundas Street West (freestanding tower)
  • 2010 Winston Park Drive (rooftop antennae)
  • 2020 Winston Park Drive (rooftop antennae)
  • 1011 Upper Middle Road East (inside clock tower)
  • 2370 Third Line (inside flagpole)
  • 700 Dorval Drive (rooftop antennae)
  • 407 Speers Road (freestanding tower)
  • 2485 Speers Road (freestanding tower)
  • 2021 & 2031 Merchants Gate (rooftop antennae)
  • Bronte GO Station parking lot (freestanding tower)
  • 155 Navy Street (rooftop antennae)
  • 6 John Street (rooftop antennae)
  • 2084 Upper Middle Road East (old hydro tower)
  • 1297 Marlborough Court (rooftop antennae)
  • 350 Lynnwood Drive (rooftop antennae)
  • 3240 Trafalgar Road (freestanding tower)
  • 3304 Trafalgar Road (guyed tower, certain components only)
  • 125 Forsythe Street (rooftop and stealth antennae)

Between May 24 and October 24, 2011, the town received information on the following four proposed radiocommunications facilities. No comment was provided on any of the proposals.

  • 553 Chartwell Road (CNR lands, freestanding tower)
  • 2410 Lower Base Line (freestanding tower)
  • 1355 North Service Road (freestanding tower)
  • 113 Dundas Street West (freestanding tower)

Since October 24, 2011, the town has been advised about, or issued Municipal Letters of Comment or other decision, about radiocommunications facilities at the following locations. Where "no comment" was provided, the proposed facility did not conform to Section 3.4.2(a) of the Interim Radiocommuncations Facilities Protocol (200 metre setback from a sensitive land use). Where the facility is "excluded by Industry Canada", basic information regarding consultation expectations were provided by staff.

  • 2535 Rebecca Street (Bronte Fire Station) – Council Approval
  • 36 Upper Middle Road East – no comment provided
  • 528 Burnhamthorpe Road West – no comment provided
  • 1280 Dundas Street West – no comment provided
  • 2495 Old Bronte Road – facility excluded by Industry Canada
  • 333 Warminster Drive – facility excluded by Industry Canada
  • 2470 Prince Michael Drive – facility excluded by Industry Canada
  • 2199 Sixth Line – facility excluded by Industry Canada
  • 180 Oak Park Drive – facility excluded by Industry Canada
  • 3135 Lakeshore Road West – facility excluded by Industry Canada
  • 2199 Ninth Line – no comment provided
  • 2510 Hampshire Gate – awaiting further information to process application
  • 2026 Lower Base Line – awaiting further information to process application
  • Metrolinx GO station parking garage – facility excluded by Industry Canada
  • 113 Dundas Street West - Facility excluded by Industry Canada

For more information please contact:

Planning Services Department
905-845-6601