The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) limits access to the Canadian NPAC to Eligible Shareholders and non-shareholders who demonstrate to the board of the CLNPC that they require access to portability corrected routing information in order to deliver a service or services to one or more Canadian carriers or their subscribers.
LNP Rules in Canada
- CRTC Decision 1997-08 set out the rules for local competition in Canada. Inherent in the decision is an obligation on Local Exchange Carriers (“LECs”) to implement local number portability and join the CLNPC, thus all LECs are Shareholders in the CLNPC.
- Subsequent Decisions extended this obligation to Wireless Service Providers (“WSPs”) and prohibited entities other than LECs and WSPs to access the NPAC Data.
- In due course the CLNPC Board recognized that under certain circumstances it was appropriate for non-Shareholders to access the NPAC Data for the purposes of “routing, rating, and billing” to the benefit of Shareholders or their subscribers. A Third Party Access Policy was implemented with the consent of the CRTC.
- The Third Party Access Policy requires all third parties (i.e. non-Shareholders) seeking access to the NPAC Data (“Third Parties”) to execute the appropriate form of agreement with the CLNPC.
- Third Parties must demonstrate to the Board of the CLNPC that they require access to the NPAC Data in order to deliver a service or services to one or more Canadian carriers or their subscribers.
- These services are only acceptable if they are determined by the Canadian LNP Consortium, Inc. (“CLNPC”) to be necessary for the routing, rating, billing, and network maintenance of telecommunications traffic.
- The following products or services are NOT acceptable, whether on a stand-alone basis or in conjunction with any other product or service:
- Unsolicited telecommunications in violation of any applicable laws, including but not limited to the CRTC’s Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules, and Federal Statute S.C. 2010, c. 23 (commonly referred to as “Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation” or “CASL”), and any successor rules or legislation, as may be amended from time to time;
- Telecommunications market or marketing analytics; and
- Publicly available telephone number lookup services.
Types of Third Party Access Agreements
QP Cat I: A qualified entity who directly connects an LSMS to the Canadian NPAC for the purpose of re-distributing portability corrected routing information to qualified entities
QP Cat II: Receives portability corrected routing information from a QP CatI for the purpose of re-distributing portability corrected routing information to qualified entities
QEa/QEaNA: Receives portability corrected routing information from a QP in order to provide services to Shareholders or their subscribers either with (QEa) or without (QEaNA) an agency relationship
QEb/QEbNA: Receives portability corrected routing information directly from the NPAC in order to provide services to Shareholders or their subscribers either with (QEb) or without (QEbNA) an agency relationship
QEc: Is permitted access to Canadian Port PS directly from the NPAC vendor.
Types of Access
- The CLNPC offers certain forms of agreement allowing non-LECs and non-WSPs to engage in authorized redistribution of the Canadian NPAC Data to entities whom the CLNPC has authorized to receive such data (“Qualified Entities”).
- The redistribution of Canadian NPAC Data is referred to as “query services”.
- Prior to providing query services to any entities, the Query Provider must first receive confirmation from the CLNPC that the entity to receive those services is an authorized Qualified Entity.
- Authorized redistributors (“Query Providers”) are permitted to redistribute portability corrected information, such as line type and correct carrier of record.
- Please note, that if you are already a Qualified Entity, you will require a Query Provider agreement for authorized redistribution of Canadian NPAC Data.
- For more information on becoming a Query Provider, please contact Rodger McNabb firstname.lastname@example.org.
Query Provider Process