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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.
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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.
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:
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 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:
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).
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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