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RAC Logo Information for Canadians wishing to operate a station in the USA
RAC Logo Information for Canadians wishing to operate a station in CEPT Countries (mostly in Europe)
RAC Logo Information for Canadians wishing to operate a station in IARP Countries (parts of IARU Region 2)
RAC Logo Reciprocal Operating Arrangements and Third Party Traffic
RAC Logo Information on licensing in other countries courtesy OH2MCN
RAC Logo Operating privileges in Canada for foreign amateurs

Reciprocal Operating Arrangements

(This information was compiled from a previous revision of Industry Canada document RIC-3)

Canada has concluded agreements or arrangements with the following countries for reciprocal operating privileges:

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America*, and Venezuela.

Canadians should contact the responsible administrations well in advance in order to obtain the necessary documentation.

* Canadian citizens holding a Canadian licence may operate in the territory of the United States without having to obtain a permit. For more information click here.

Canadians who wish to operate radio apparatus in countries that participate in the CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 or that recognize the International Amateur Radio Permit (IARP) can obtain permits from the Radio Amateurs of Canada, Inc. prior to leaving for those countries.

If you want to know more about CEPT and IARP permits for Canadian amateurs, please see the following pages.

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Countries Permitting Third Party Traffic

Q - I will be visiting a country which does not have a third party radio traffic agreement with Canada, but I will have internet communications with Canada. Can I ask a Canadian radio amateur to relay a message for me by radio?

A - Yes, you can. The Canadian radio amateur becomes the originating station for the radio traffic and can send it in the normal fashion and in accordance with the regulations. The Canadian amateur has the right to refuse traffic if he/she is not satisfied that message is suitable for transmission by amateur radio or is not satisfied with the identity of the requester.

To facilitate acceptance of your request, and possibly a return message, it is recommended that you identify yourself and your location fully when requesting a relay by radio.

Canada has concluded agreements or arrangements with the following countries to permit the transmission by Canadian amateurs of international communications on behalf of third parties:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay, and Venezuela.


Forbidden Countries List

The forbidden countries list has been dropped by Industry Canada. (see RIC-3 - Information on the Amateur Radio Service)


Operating privileges in Canada for foreign amateurs

US amateurs visiting Canada can operate their stations in Canada, using their US call sign with a Canadian call area suffix, under the Canada-US Reciprocal Agreement. Amateurs from CEPT member countries holding CEPT T/R 61-01 licences or permits can operate temporarily in Canada. Foreign amateurs holding IARP permits can also operate temporarily in Canada. Amateurs of some other countries can apply for temporary authorization to operate in Canada (see list above). Amateurs who are licensed by other administrations participating in the CEPT or IARP programs must apply for the appropriate permit in accordance with the provisions stipulated by their home administrations.

However, amateurs who establish residence in Canada should apply for a Canadian certificate with Canadian call sign, and must first pass the Canadian certificate examinations for Basic Qualification plus other Qualifications required for the privileges desired. Citizenship of Canada is not required.

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Class 1 CEPT
Holders of a Class 1 CEPT licence will be granted the same operating privileges in Canada as Canadians holding Basic, 5 words per minute Morse, and Advanced Certificates.

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Class 2 CEPT
Holders of a Class 2 CEPT licence will be granted the same operating privileges in Canada as Canadians holding a Basic and Advanced certificate

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Class 1 IARP
Holders of a Class 1 IARP will be granted the same operating privileges in Canada as Canadians holding Basic, 5 words per minute Morse, and Advanced Certificates.

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Class 2 IARP
Holders of a Class 2 IARP will be granted the same operating privileges in Canada as Canadians holding a Basic and Advanced certificate.