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What Is This For?

  • This web page serves one function only: to make is easier for you to find what you're looking for in the database of Canadian frequency allocations maintained by the licensing body, Industry Canada.

  • This web page does not contain any data other than what's publicly available for download from their own web site. That means this is just a repackaging of their data. I make no claims to any intellectual property herein other than the coding used to format the data and execute the search.

  • If you wish, you can use their search tools to find exactly the same (and more!) data. But I find it awkward to use. I just want a plain search-everything kind of way to look up frequencies, licensees or locations. This site will let you do that.

  • Plug in any frequency or text you like and it'll find all matches in any of the fields. All you have to do is select which regional file you want to search.

  • While it is possible to find some public-safety frequencies in these files, they are generally protected by Industry Canada and therefore not included in the publicly posted files. So they're not here either.

    Tips for Searching

  • Use short strings If you're looking for something like "rideau centre in ottawa," then enter "rideau" as your search term in the Eastern Ontario file. The shorter the term, the more garbage you'll get back, but the more likely you are to find what you're looking for.
  • Multiple-word searches don't work well Searching for something like "ottawa airport" will only get you the results where the words "ottawa" and "airport" occur adjacent in that order.i
  • Use Boolean AND You can put a capital AND in your query in order to limit results to records that have both the terms that fall before and after the AND. eg "bus lines AND sudbury" Only one AND will be recognized per query.
  • Try variations There's no telling what the IC people chose as the location or licensee data for the license. They might have put a street address, or they could simply have put down the city. The organization you're looking for may be listed under a common name or its official registered title. The licensee may not even be in the same city as the trasmission site.
  • Try more than one file Geographic boundaries don't make for definitive limits to what's in each file. Try searching in adjacent regions if you don't find what you're looking for.

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  • Files are current to December 23, 2015, but as of January 2017 we are working on getting the data refreshed on a regular basis. Sorry for failing to update through 2016!
  • We invite any feedback on the changes on the Radio Reference forums.

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