April 6, 2017 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today directed all wireless service providers to implement a wireless public alerting system on their LTE (long-term evolution) networks by April, 2018.
This system will allow emergency management officials, such as fire marshals and police agencies, to warn Canadians on their mobile devices of dangers to life and property. The alerts will be sent to mobile devices connected to LTE networks, which are available to over 97% of Canadians.
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CLF Guidance Document 1.2 was formally approved by the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management on January 17, 2017.
The Public Comment Period for the Common Look and Feel Guidance document Version 1.2 has begun and is open until December 2, 2016.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has published a map of FM radio, AM radio and over-the-air (OTA) television stations that are broadcasting emergency alerts as of the end of December 2015.
The npas.ca website has been launched. This website provides links and information about the Canadian National Public Alerting System.