Industry Canada

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) also known as Industry Canada (IC) is the certification body for all intentional and unintentional (incidental) radiators. ISED also covers the technical specifications, administrative requirements and other conditions relating to the marketing of intentional and unintentional radiators. The process for ISED compliance is dependent on the type of the equipment. Devices fall under either verification, declaration of conformity or certification.

Verification is a procedure where the manufacturer ensures testing is completed and takes the necessary steps to insure that the equipment complies with the appropriate technical standards. Submittal of a sample unit or representative data to ISED demonstrating compliance is not required unless specifically requested. The equipment is labeled to show compliance with the Verification process.

Certification is a procedure where the responsible party ensures testing is completed and takes the necessary steps to insure that the equipment complies with the appropriate technical standards. Submittal of the test report and supporting documents is required. These documents are submitted to ISED through the Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) process. The equipment is labeled to show compliance with the Certification process by listing the IC ID number in addition to the Verification requirements.

ICES‑003 prescribes two Classes of limits of radio noise for ITE: Class A limits for non-residential operation and Class B limits for residential operation. Only ITE intended strictly for non-residential use in commercial, industrial or business environments, and whose design or other characteristics strongly preclude the possibility of its use in a residential environment, shall be permitted to comply with the Class A limits. All ITE that cannot meet the definition for Class A operation shall comply with the Class B limits.

Note: The ITE shall comply with both the conducted and the radiated emissions limits for power lines, within the same Class, with no intermixing of classification is allowed.

RSS-210, RSS-247 and RSS-Gen applies to intentional radiators. The various types of intentional radiators covered by these two standards include cable-locating equipment, cordless telephones, remote control and alarm transmitters, field-disturbance sensors for opening doors, and spread-spectrum systems for wideband data transmission. Intentional radiators governed by ISED must either have a permanently attached antenna or provide a unique connector to prevent the use of unauthorized antennas. The rules for operation of radio transmitters detail the fundamental field strength, power, power density, frequency accuracy, and permitted harmonic and spurious emissions.

See the ISED website for more information.

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