Connecting rural and remote areas and advancing Indigenous economic reconciliation are top priorities for the Government of Canada.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced a new spectrum licensing framework that will provide access to unused licensed spectrum in rural and remote areas. This framework will encourage current licensees to expand their coverage or give new users the opportunity to put spectrum to use.
To advance Indigenous self-determination and economic reconciliation, the Government of Canada is also developing rules that will give Indigenous applicants priority access to this unused spectrum. The government has published a draft Indigenous Priority Window Spectrum Policy Framework that will be further developed through meaningful engagement with Indigenous Peoples.
The government will continue to pursue policies and put rules in place so that spectrum is put to use for the benefit of all Canadians. With these new measures, Canadians will benefit from better use of spectrum and improved connectivity in rural and remote areas.