Chapter 3 (b:3) : Communication Services:  Telecommunications

Section

Improvement Implemented Since Last IAP

Current Entry Requirements

Further Improvements Planned

 

Operational Requirements

 

 

 

 

 

The current Canadian regime is characterized by a pro-competitive regulatory framework and under the supervision of an independent regulatory body (the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission or CRTC).  More detailed information available at http://www.crtc.gc.ca/.

 

 

 

Licensing and Qualification Requirements of Service Providers

 

 

 

Service providers must meet the regulatory requirements established by the CRTC.  More detailed information available at http://www.crtc.gc.ca/.

 

 

Foreign Entry

 

 

 

 

Specific commitments in this area, including some limitations on market access both at federal and provincial levels, are set out in Canada's GATS Schedule and and in the Third Supplement to Canada’s GATS Schedule.  For example, telecommunications services may be provided by foreign suppliers on a resale basis, and foreign investment in facilities-based services is permitted up to a cumulative total of 46.7 percent (based on 20 percent direct investment and 33 and one-third percent indirect investment).  Such entities must be controlled in fact by Canadians and at least 80 percent of the board of directors must be Canadian.

 

 

 

Discriminatory Treatment/

MFN

 

 

Specific commitments in this area, including some limitations on national treatment both at federal and provincial levels, are set out in Canada's GATS Schedule. A detailed listing of market access exceptions is in Canada's GATS Schedule and in the Third Supplement to Canada’s GATS Schedule.