Committees and Councils

The 5G Canada Council works to be the leading source of education, promotion and advocacy to help ensure Canada leads the world in maximizing the benefits of 5G. The Council addresses five key issues of focus, including: spectrum policy; antenna siting; innovation; vertical industry development; security; and policy.


The primary point of contact for federal, provincial and municipal government-facing files, the Committee aims to favourably influence political, public policy and regulatory decisions, increase and enhance the wireless industry’s profile, work to avoid unreasonable legislative and regulatory restrictions, and develop a strong positive image of CWTA and its Members among all levels of government.

The Handset Security Committee contributes to the overall goal of reducing, or reducing the impact of, mobile device theft. In particular, the Committee coordinates the industry-wide use of the GSMA IMEI Database to block devices reported lost and stolen from all Canadian networks.

The Health Committee acts as a resource to Members on matters of health and safety related to the use of wireless telecommunications products. The Committee monitors related developments across Canada and internationally, and develops appropriate industry responses to health and safety issues and events.

The MCC provides an open forum for industry participants to network, develop business opportunities and common approaches to the mobile content segment of the wireless industry. The Committee also focuses on developing industry-wide initiatives to educate end-users about mobile content and its benefits.

The Public Safety Committee represents the interests of Members with respect to public safety issues, whether initiated by public safety agencies, governments or industry.

The Recycling Committee oversees CWTA’s national cell phone recycling program. It develops industry consensus and provides guidance to CWTA in regard to developments related to wireless recycling.

The Research Working Group reviews and determines the areas of research that would most benefit the industry, identifies opportunities for industry-generated stats to be submitted by members to CWTA (directly or through a third party) and coordinates research-based responses to new regulatory, legislative or market issues.

CWTA acts as the administrator of Common Short Codes in Canada. The mandate of the SMS Short Code Council is to develop the standards for the management of the Common Short Code initiative.

STAC works to promote safe work practices and uniform standards for all personnel involved with communications towers and related industry infrastructure, and educate industry participants, government agencies and the general public on consistent standards, policies and best practices.

The Taxation Committee works to identify and recommend taxation policy measures to facilitate the growth of the wireless telecommunication sector and support infrastructure deployment, innovation and economic development across Canada.

The Committee guides the activities of CWTA with respect to operational and public policy matters on issues of access to wireless services by Canadians with vision, hearing, dexterity, cognition and/or speech impairments.

Reporting to the CWTA Board of Directors, the Wireless Number Portability Council is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the Canadian WNP Guidelines, development of industry best practices, and overall industry-level operational coordination of WNP in Canada.