OTTAWA-GATINEAU, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) launched a
public consultation on whether video relay service for Canadians who
are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired should be offered. As part
of this consultation, the CRTC will hold a public hearing starting on
October 21, 2013, in Gatineau, Quebec.
Currently, two text-based relay services, Internet Protocol relay and
teletypewriter relay, are available to Canadians who are deaf, hard of
hearing or speech impaired. Video relay service would enable people who
use sign language to communicate with voice telephone users via an
operator who relays the conversation from sign language to spoken
language, and vice versa.
"Video relay service is an example of the initiatives we are exploring
to improve the accessibility of communication services," said
Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. "There are a number of factors
that must be weighed before we can decide whether this service should
be made available in Canada. We encourage all Canadians to participate
in this consultation and to share their views."
Canadians are invited to share their views on, among others, the
the benefits of video relay service
whether video relay service should be offered and, if so, how it could
be implemented and administered
the costs of video relay service and how they should be covered, and
how to make the best use of resources, such as VRS operators.
The CRTC encourages Canadians to participate by submitting their initial
comments by May 17, 2013. They may do so by:
The CRTC is making efforts to accommodate Canadians who communicate
primarily in ASL or LSQ. To promote their participation, ASL and LSQ
versions of the notice of consultation can be viewed on the CRTC's YouTube channel.
Canadians who communicate primarily in ASL and LSQ will also be able to
record their comments in sign language and upload their video on the
YouTube channel. These comments will be transcribed and posted on the
Commission's website to enable people who do not understand sign
language. All comments will form part of the public record that will be
considered by the CRTC.
In addition, the CRTC will offer simultaneous interpretation in ASL and
LSQ during the October 2013 public hearing.
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-155
Fact sheet: How to participate in CRTC public proceedings
News release: CRTC to continue fact-finding exercise on video relay service (May 25, 2012)
Broadcasting and Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-430
SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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