CRTC Report on VRS

CRTC Report on the Technical Feasibility of Implementing a Video Relay Service in Canada

Thank you to the people or groups who have taken the time to send a comment on Video Relay Service in Canada to the CRTC! (Public record of comments filed with the CRTC: Interventions by Public Process)

AVLIC is preparing a comment on behalf of the Association, but we need more comments from individual AVLIC members, members of the Deaf community and members of the general public to convince the CRTC that providing VRS in Canada is important.  The deadline for comments to the CRTC is May 17, 2013.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the online form to have your name added to the list of concerned citizens.  Also consider sending the information to your social network to raise awareness about this issue and encourage them to file a comment too.


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Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) initiated a proceeding to address issues related to the feasibility of establishing a video relay service (VRS) in Canada.

The Commission invites comments, with supporting rationale, as to whether or not VRS should be implemented. All Canadians are encouraged to participate by submitting their initial comments by May 17, 2013. You can submit your comments by:

As part of this consultation, the CRTC will hold a public hearing starting on October 21, 2013, in Gatineau, Quebec.  AVLIC will have representation at the hearing, along with representatives from the Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD), the Canadian Cultural Society for the Deaf (CCSD) and other stakeholder groups.