The Government of Canada pays tribute to the national historic significance of early commercial broadcasting in Canada

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Commercial radio helped usher in the modern age of mass communication.

MONTREAL, September 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Commercial Radio in Canada started with Montreal station XWA. From its first broadcasts until the creation of a public system in 1932, a radio craze swept the country, establishing a new mass communications industry that would radically alter the way Canadians consumed news and entertainment. .

Group photo – From left to right: Ms. Geneviève Caron, Director of the Mauricie and Western Quebec Management Unit, Ms. Yolande Cohen, representative of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Mr. François Gagnon, Director General, École de technologie supérieure de Montréal, Mr. Denis Couillard, Director, Solutions Development, Ultra Communications and Mr. Alain Dufour, Secretary, Quebec Society of Collectors of Old Radios yesterday unveiled the plaque highlighting the historical importance National (CNW Group/Parks Canada)

Today, the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, commemorated the national historic significance of the early days of commercial broadcasting in Canada.

Commercial radio in Canada got its start with the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada in 1918. From its rudimentary facilities in Montreal, this company experimented with wireless broadcasting and obtained a license for the XWA station in December 1919. A year later, the station began a regular program of transmissions.

From this single station, an industry grew which, over the next 12 years, ushered in the modern era of mass communication. In 1922 there were 39 radio stations in Canada. By 1931, that number had grown to 173,200. Even in the midst of the Great Depression, the radio industry was booming.

The Canadian Broadcasting Commission, from Canada first public broadcaster, was established in 1932 and with it the era of exclusively private radio ended, but it was a period that laid the foundations of Canadian broadcasting for the 20e century. In just over a decade, radio has grown from a niche hobby to a major cultural industry.

The government of Canadathrough the Historic Sites and Monuments Commission Canada, recognizes significant people, places and events that have shaped our country as a way to help Canadians and youth reconnect with their past. The national historical commemoration program is largely driven by public nominations.

We invite Canadians to learn more about our history – from lighthouses to battlefields, from historic neighborhoods to Indigenous contributions to Canadathere is an incredible variety of places and stories to discover.

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“On behalf of the government of CanadaI have the honor to commemorate the national historic significance of the first commercial radio broadcasts in Canada. Historical designations reflect from Canada rich and varied history and I encourage all Canadians to learn more about early commercial radio broadcasts in Canada and his important contributions to from Canada inheritance.”
Honorable Steven Guilbeault,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada

“Like Marconi, who was a daring and persevering entrepreneur, the ÉTS research community strives today to imagine the telecommunications of tomorrow, which will serve not only to interconnect people, but also billions of objects that will be part of our daily lives. lives, whether to improve our health, monitor the state of our infrastructure in real time, direct our transport or adapt to climate change.”
Francois Gagnon,
Director General of ÉTS

Fast facts

  • Commercial radio in Canada got its start with the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada in 1918.

  • Commercial radio in Canada started with Montreal station XWA. From this single station, an industry grew which, over the next 12 years, ushered in the modern era of mass communication.

  • The Canadian Broadcasting Commission, from Canada first public broadcaster, was established in 1932. The era of exclusively private radio came to an end, but it was a period that laid the foundations of Canadian broadcasting for the 20e century.

  • Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Commission of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked from Canada the story.

  • The designation process under Parks Canada’s National Historical Commemoration Program relies heavily on public nominations. To date, over 2,200 designations have been made nationally. To nominate a historic person, place or event in your community, please visit the Parks Canada website for more information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/culture/clmhc-hsmbc/ncp-pcn/application

Related document

Backgrounder: First commercial radio broadcasts in Canada1918-1932

Related links

Parks Canada Agency
Historic Sites and Monuments Commission Canada

SOURCE Parks Canada

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