May 10, 2013
This week, City Council updated Mississaugas
telecommunications tower protocol. The new protocol is largely unchanged, but revises
provisions that deal with older, unused towers and towers less than 15 metres high.
According to the new protocol outlined in a corporate
report, the City may request that telecommunications companies conduct public consultations
for towers under 15 metres high. It also provides clearer direction for the industry
about when the City is likely to request public consultations. The protocol indicates
that towers proposed for locations within 120 metres of a residential area will likely be the
subject of a public consultation request.
The protocol also indicates the Citys desire to have towers that are not in use
removed or re-purposed. It sets a window of two years for telecommunications companies to
deal with redundant towers once they have been identified.
The federal government regulates the telecommunications industry in Canada.
Municipalities can only comment in some cases on telecommunications service providers'
plans for new towers. Industry Canadas regulations allow municipalities to develop
protocols to guide the design, location and public consultation processes for
telecommunications towers, but Industry Canada makes all
The City enacted an interim telecommunications tower protocol in March 2012. In
November 2012, following consultations with industry representatives and resident
organizations, a final protocol was approved by City Council.
Early in 2013, the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM) in partnership with the Canadian Wireless and Telecommunications
Association (CWTA) released a template protocol
and resources to help municipalities develop local protocols to deal with telecommunications
towers and infrastructure. The Mississauga protocol updates reflect suggestions from this
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than
54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or
major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on
the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is
"Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its
Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
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Public Affairs Specialist, City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 Ext. 3940