ISED proposes new official language rules for antenna consultations


Originally published by The Wire Report

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is proposing new official languages requirements for consultations regarding the installation or modification of antenna systems across Canada.

Under the proposed changes, a greater number of consultations about the siting of antennas will be required to take place in both English and French. Canadians who weigh in on those consultations will also be given more rights to receive responses from telecommunications companies in the official language of their choice.

ISED has launched a consultation on the matter, proposing two possible approaches for new official language rules.

The first would apply official language requirements to antenna consultations across the board. Any entity conducting a consultation about the installation or modification of an antenna system would need to provide all initial communications in both English and French. Members of the public who provide commentary on such consultations would then have the right to a response from the entity in the official language of their choice.

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