Become a Member

Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Communication Systems Alliance Inc. (CCSA). Generally, membership is open to facilities-based Canadian television broadcasting distributors.

Each step of the membership application process is summarized below.

Step 1

To begin, please contact Dale Cook at 506-849-1334, ext. 201, or email dcook@ccsaonline.ca to receive the necessary materials and guidance for completing the process.

Step 2

You will be sent the following:

  • Potential Member Checklist
  • Membership Application Form
  • An explanation of our main business and some of the terminology we use

All applications are subject to the approval of CCSA’s Board of Directors. The membership application package includes a statement of CCSA’s membership policies. You should carefully review the policies and membership requirements, especially, the membership criteria, before you submit a completed application form.

PLEASE NOTE: CCSA charges an initiation fee of $25,000 to each new member. This initiation fee is intended to recognize the value that newly admitted members receive as a result of the prior, long-term investment by existing members in the products, services and rates CCSA offers to all members. CCSA’s Board of Directors has the discretion to waive all or part of that initiation fee in exceptional circumstances but applicants should be prepared to pay the initiation fee as a condition of admittance into membership.

Step 3

If CCSA’s Board accepts your Membership Application, we will send you:

  • A Membership Agreement for execution and return to CCSA
  • An invoice for:
    • CCSA Initiation Fee and
    • Your first year’s membership fees.

The membership fees are calculated as the product of your total number of video programming subscribers multiplied by a per-subscriber rate established, from time to time, by CCSA’s Board. CCSA membership fees are subject to an annual minimum fee of $1000 plus tax. Your first year fees will be pro-rated to reflect the portion of CCSA’s fiscal year remaining at the time you become a member.

Step 4

Once your membership is approved, as indicated by a fully executed Membership Agreement, we will begin setting up your systems in our automated system for payment of television signal supplier wholesale fees. We call that system Single Point Billing, or SPB. Please note that, while your participation in individual CCSA television signal contracts is voluntary, you must pay the wholesale fees for contracts in which you do participate through Single Point Billing.

Step 5

The contracts that CCSA makes with television signal suppliers for the supply of their programming services are called Affiliation Agreements. You participate in individual Affiliation Agreements by signing a brief Assumption Agreement for each such contract. Each Assumption Agreement that you have signed permits you to distribute the relevant programming service to your customers and binds you to the terms of the specific Affiliation Agreement to which it applies.

Our Contract Administration department will forward information on how to adopt the specific CCSA Assumption Agreements that, based on your channel line-up, would be of benefit to you.

If you have any questions about becoming a CCSA member, or need assistance with the application process, please contact Dale Cook (506-849-1334 Ext 201, dcook@ccsaonline.ca).