CRTC Announces Ruling on VRS Administrator Structure

Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-659

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released the Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-659 on December 18, 2014. This policy is the ruling on the structure and mandate of the Video Relay Service (VRS) Administrator in Canada, as a result of the April 2014 Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-187


To view the full Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-659, click here, but to read the policy tenets that directly reference the interpreter representatives (Role of Interpreter Organizations) and AVLIC's submission in response to the Interim Board of Directors of the Canadian Administrator of VRS - conseil d'administration provisoire de l'Administrateur canadien du SRV (CAV-ACS) recommendations, see paragraphs 28 - 41.


As you will recall from the AVLIC announcement: CRTC Notice of Consultation, AVLIC submitted a response which requested:

  1. Interpreter representatives should be a full voting director on the board (not a non-voting permanent invitee)
  2. Interpreter representatives (minimally the ASL-English representative) should be an Active member of AVLIC


Unfortunately for AVLIC, our Affiliate Chapters, members and supporters, the Commission has sided with the proposal submitted by the Interim CAV-ACS recommendations on the structure of the VRS Administrator's Board of Directors with regard to interpreter representation (see VRS Provisional Board Announcement for more details). Despite the efforts, the CRTC decided the interpreter representatives should be permanent invitees and not directors or members; and has decided that requiring AVLIC - Affiliate Chapter membership of the permanent invitees would be "unduly limiting".


AVLIC sincerely thanks those who petitioned the CRTC in favour of the AVLIC recommendations, even though we were not successful. In particular, we would like to thank WAVLI, BCVRS and the 26 individuals noted in the CRTC's ruling.


Even with this Regulatory Policy announcement, there will be on-going updates on how the members of the VRS Administrator's Board of Directors will be selected. AVLIC has already formally registered with the CAV-ACS as an organization representing interpreters in order to nominate a representative in the future. We have encouraged our Affiliate Chapters to register as well and they are in the midst of that effort now. Further details about the nomination process are in the works and AVLIC will keep members and community stakeholders informed as developments are made available.