Changes to Cell Tower Placement Rules are Good for Langley

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Langley, BC – Today, Langley MP Mark Warawa announces that the Conservative Government’s new changes to cell tower placement rules are good for the Federal Riding of Langley. These new rules will ensure that Langley residents will have a say on cell towers in their communities.

“The placement of new cell towers is often a divisive issue in communities across Canada, including Langley,” said Warawa. “It is essential that home owners be at the centre of the process to determine the location of a new tower, and it is up to the wireless industry to ensure local voices are heard. These new rules will give Langley residents a better say in the placement of new cell towers.”

Over the last twenty years, wireless services have grown into something Canadian consumers rely on daily. As a result, we are seeing an increasing number of new cell towers being constructed in our communities. Their placement is becoming an ever more divisive issue with the rapidly increasing demand for wireless services.

“Canadians deserve to have a say in how new cell tower locations are identified in their communities,” said the Langley MP. “Improvements to Industry Canada’s Antenna Tower Siting Policy will ensure that local home owners and municipal governments are at the forefront of the tower placement process.” 

The changes guiding the installation of new antenna towers will include requirements that companies:
consult communities on all commercial tower installations, regardless of height;
build any tower within three years of consulting with communities; and
ensure home owners are well informed of upcoming consultations.

The improvements will also strengthen federal communications with the public on tower siting procedures, including new online resources on the process, and new reporting mechanisms to track tower issues and report back to communities.

These measures build on the Conservative Government’s current tower sharing policies that require companies to first look at sharing existing tower infrastructure, whenever they can, to reduce the number of new towers needed in each community.

Canadian consumers expect their government to make decisions that will deliver more choice, lower prices and better services in the wireless sector for all Canadians. The Government of Canada will continue to work with the wireless sector in the weeks ahead on ways to more effectively balance the concerns of local communities.

Quick facts
·          Under the existing cell tower siting policy, a company is only required to consult the community when it plans to build an antenna tower taller than 15 metres.
·          Before any company can build a new cell tower, it is required to look at alternatives like whether there is an existing tower in the same area that it can share.
·          All antenna towers, no matter the height, location or power, have to satisfy Industry Canada’s technical requirements and comply with Health Canada’s rules to ensure the safety of Canadians.

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