Stikeman Elliott’s Communications Group delivers legal and strategic advice on the most prominent matters in Canada’s highly regulated communications sector. Leveraging the depth of our public and private experience, including the former counsel to the CRTC, we effectively navigate clients through complex and oftentimes changing legal climates. As a result, clients successfully obtain regulatory approvals in transactions facing intense scrutiny over competition, concentration of ownership and other sensitive issues.

Our team has a consistent track record of success for our clients, which include new media broadcasters and entertainment companies, content creators and providers, as well as private investors in the sector. Clients rely on our communications team to provide strategic and business-oriented advice related to licensing, policy and competitive disputes. We also provide advice and assistance on all elements of the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules, including the National Do Not Call List and restrictions on automated dialers.

We are vigorous advocates for our clients before the CRTC, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada (formerly Industry Canada), the Federal Court of Appeal, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Parliamentary Committees, and working groups. The Communications Group has also represented regulators such as the CRTC on the development of key policy issues.

Our Expertise

  • Authorizations, licensing and registration
  • Anti-SPAM
  • Broadcasting Act
  • Canadian ownership requirements
  • Electronics manufacturing and importing
  • Licensing and standards for radio and wireless devices
  • Policy review
  • Radio Communications Act
  • Remote Sensing Space Systems Act
  • Telecommunications Act
  • Telemarketing compliance
  • Global Communications & Telecom Tech Deal of the Year and Global Corporate Deal of the Year - 2018 M&A Atlas Awards
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting
  • Chambers Global 2020 for Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 for Telecommunications
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