CRTC Requires Broadcasters to Transmit Alerts to Canadians

September 3, 2014


OTTAWA-GATTINEAU, ONTARIO—The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has acted to ensure that, in the event of an emergency situation, Canadians receive timely warnings via broadcast media, according to the government of Canada.

Cable and satellite companies, radio stations, over-the-air television stations and video-on-demand services must begin issuing such messages by March 31, 2015. Campus, community-based and Native broadcasters have until March 31, 2016 to comply with this new requirement.

Emergency alert messages are issued by emergency management officials such as fire marshals, police officers and public health personnel to warn the public of dangers to life and property. Messages issued under the system must follow specific guidelines to ensure they are easily recognized by members of the public.

Currently, participation in the National Public Alerting System is voluntary.


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