CJSA-FM, Multicultural, Toronto

Canadian Multicultural Radio

CJSA-FM2004101.3373Canadian Multicultural Radio


On April 17, Canadian Multicultural Radio was awarded a licence for a new ethnic FM radio station in Toronto at 101.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 440 watts. The new station would direct its programming primarily to the Greater Toronto Area’s South Asian communities and provide programming to a minimum of 16 cultural groups in at least 22 languages during each broadcast week. At least 48% of all ethnic programs broadcast during each broadcast week would be in the Tamil, Hindi and Filipino languages.


On June 30, a decrease in power from 440 to 373 watts, and an increase in antenna height was approved.

The station began on-air testing in mid-July. Regular programming was scheduled for later in the year.

It should be noted that the 101.3 MHz frequency was previouslly used by CHIN-AM as a booster to fill gaps in AM 1540’s night-time signal within the city. CHIN-1-FM moved to 91.9 MHz in July 2003.


On June 30, the CRTC renewed the broadcasting licence for the commercial ethnic radio programming undertaking CJSA-FM Toronto from 1 July 2010 to 31 August 2013. This short-term licence renewal will enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence. In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2009-786, the Commission stated that the licensee may have failed to comply with section 9(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986, which relates to the provision of annual returns, for broadcast years 2005 through 2008.


In November, CJSA began broadcasting in HD. It offered Multilingual programming on HD1, Tamil on HD2, Hindi and Urdu on HD3 and HD4 offered Punjabi programming.


ISEDC approval was given for CJSA-HD to decrease power from 60 to 51 watts.

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