Though the Family Radio Service is not amateur radio it does provide some useful supplementary capabilities as it offers communication between unlicensed operators. For example, you can talk with other family members who are not radio amateurs over relatively short distances e.g. car to car, snowmobile to snowmobile, cottage to boat, etc.
The Family Radio Service in Canada operates in the 462.5625 - 462.7125 MHz and 467.5625 - 467.7125 MHz. bands. For more information, visit the Industry Canada web site at: http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/insmt-gst.nsf/vwGeneratedInterE/sf02120e.html
The following links will connect you to sites containing information about the Family Radio Service, the related Multi Use Radio Service, and the General Mobile Radio Service.
For those who are not amateur radio operators, links are included to information about becoming a radio amateur, and about becoming more actively involved in the public service and emergency service side of amateur radio.