Five organizations have submitted 12 applications to operate new radio stations serving Indigenous Canadians, including two for Ottawa.
How quickly the process unfold for any potential stations here is yet to be determined, however.
In June 2015, the CRTC revoked a company called Aboriginal Voices Radio’s licences for its radio stations across the country due to what the regulator called “numerous, serious and repeated instances of non-compliance with the regulations and the broadcaster’s conditions of licence,” making those licences available to others.
Since then, the Federal Court of Appeal has stayed the CRTC’s revocation and ordered that Aboriginal Voices Radio’s licences remain in effect until the appeal is sorted out. As such, the CRTC is planning to announce a public process to consider the submitted applications at a later date, “if appropriate.”
It’s unclear whether the CRTC will go ahead and consider applications for the Ottawa market, however, given Aboriginal Voices Radio doesn’t operate here.
Five organizations are behind the 12 applications for stations in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa: the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta, Watwatay Native Communications Society, Northern Native Broadcasting, VMS Media Group Ltd. and First Peoples Radio Inc.