IEEE, Engineering Institute of Canada and International Union of Radio Science Recognize the Historical Significance and Legacy of the Trans-Canada Microwave System

Route of the Trans-Canada Microwave System, 1958 (CNW Group/IEEE Canada)

OTTAWA (ON), June 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Enabled July 1, 2022the IEEE, the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Radiosciences (CNC-URSI) will join Bell CanadaTELUS and SaskTel to mark one of the greatest technical achievements in Canadian history: the official opening of the Trans-Canada Microwave System on July 1, 1958 and the immense impact it has had on both Canadian society and the Canadian economy.

In 1958, the Trans-Canada Microwave System introduced over-the-air network television and direct-dial long distance telephone service to Canadians from coast to coast. Comprising 139 relay towers spanning over 6,275 kilometers of Victoria, BC at Sydney, NS, it was, when completed, the longest microwave network in the world. Expanded and upgraded several times over its four decades of operation, it laid the foundation for much of the telecommunications infrastructure we rely on today.

“On July 1, 1958Canada’s official motto suddenly took on a deeper meaning when the Trans-Canada Microwave System was officially inaugurated and Canadians were able, for the first time, to direct telephone calls and share television programming. a husband usque ad mare – from sea to sea. It brought us together as a nation like few accomplishments before or since.”

– IEEE Canada Historian, Prof. david michaelson of the University of British Columbia

A Trans-Canada microwave relay station on top of a mountain near Creston, British Columbia, 1959 (CNW Group/IEEE Canada)

A Trans-Canada microwave relay station on top of a mountain near Creston, British Columbia, 1959 (CNW Group/IEEE Canada)

A Trans-Canada microwave relay station in downtown Toronto, 1953 (CNW Group/IEEE Canada)

A Trans-Canada microwave relay station in downtown Toronto, 1953 (CNW Group/IEEE Canada)

All photos courtesy of the Bell Historical Collection.

“As Canada celebrates its 155th anniversary, IEEE Canada is proud to partner with EIC, CNC-URSI, Bell, TELUS and SaskTel in recognizing and remembering the completion of the Trans-Canada Microwave System in 1958. C “It was arguably the largest exercise-building Canada had seen since the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885 and one of the greatest engineering achievements in Canadian history.”

Robert AndersonPresident of IEEE Canada

“Bell is honored to partner with the IEEE, EIC, CNC-URSI, TELUS and SaskTel to recognize the Trans-Canada Microwave System that spanned our vast country to connect Canadians for first time over 60 years ago. This was a significant achievement, and since then we have been able to connect even more Canadians in communities large and small, and in rural and remote areas across the country. I’m proud that Bell continues to advance the way Canadians connect with each other and the world through the most advanced communications networks.”

stephen howeBell Chief Technology and Information Officer

“It makes me proud as a Canadian and an engineer to recognize, together with our partners IEEE, EIC, Bell, CNC-URSI and SaskTel, the history and legacy of the Trans-Canada Microwave System. It has had a significant impact about our society at the time connecting Canadians from coast to coast and making Canada one of the very first countries in the world to use the microwave telephone. It is a testament to our Canadian innovation that has continued to evolve since, maintaining our global leadership position as having one of the best networks in the world.”

Ibrahim GideonTELUS Chief Technology Officer and IEEE Fellow

“The Trans-Canada Microwave System has been instrumental in connecting Saskatchewan and SaskTel to the rest of the country. SaskTel is honored to be one of many partners celebrating this milestone achievement and the importance it has in our Canadian history. »

Daryl GodfreyChief Technology Officer of SaskTel

The recognition will also launch the Trans-Canada Microwave System History Project, an effort to reach out to the thousands of Canadian engineers with memorabilia and memorabilia from the system and preserve them in a digital archive to be jointly administered by the ‘IEEE Canada and the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Radiosciences (CNC-URSI).

For more information on the Trans Canada Microwave System and the Trans Canada Microwave System Historic Project, please visit ursi/tcms or ieee/tcms.

About IEEE

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The IEEE and its members inspire a global community through highly cited IEEE publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

The IEEE Milestone program recognizes technological innovation and excellence that has had significant long-term impact and benefit to society. It is administered by the IEEE History Committee on behalf of the IEEE Board of Trustees.

About IEC

The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) is a federation of fourteen Canadian engineering societies representing 30,000 Canadian engineers and engineering students. The EIC Landmarks program recognizes Canadian engineering projects, structures and sites of historic significance. It is administered by the ICI History and Archives Committee on behalf of the ICI Council.


The Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization under the International Council for Science. In addition to stimulating and coordinating international cooperation in research related to electromagnetic waves and their applications, the Canadian National Committee for URSI represents radioscience to the general public and to public and private organizations in Canada.

About Bell

Bell is Canada’s largest communications company. It provides advanced broadband wireless communications, television, Internet, media and business services across the country. Founded in Montreal in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. To learn more, please visit Where

Through Bell for the best, we invest to create a better today and a better tomorrow by supporting the social and economic prosperity of our communities with a commitment to the highest environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. This includes the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, which promotes mental health in Canada with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant funding from Bell for Care and community access, research and workplace leadership initiatives across the country. To learn more, please visit’s Talk.


TELUS (TSX: T) (NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, leading communications technology company $17 billion of annual revenue and 17 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, TV, entertainment, video and security. Our social purpose is to leverage our cutting-edge technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human results. Our long-standing commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The many sustained accolades TELUS has received over the years from independent, industry-leading network analytics firms are a testament to the strength and speed of TELUS’ world-class networks, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to people. , resources and information that improve our lives.

TELUS Health is Canada’s leader in digital health technology, improving access to health and wellness services and revolutionizing the flow of health information across the continuum of care. TELUS Agriculture provides innovative digital solutions across the agriculture value chain, driving better food outcomes through improved agribusiness data insights and processes. TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds and delivers next-generation solutions, including AI and content management, for global brands and disruptive in high-growth verticals, including technology and gaming. , communications and media, e-commerce and FinTech, healthcare, travel and hospitality. TELUS and TELUS International operate in more than 25 countries around the world.

Driven by our determination and vision to connect all citizens for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy of giving where we live has inspired TELUS, our team members and retirees to contribute more than $900 million and 1.8 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most generous company in the world. Together, let’s make the future friendly.

For more information about TELUS, please visit, follow us @TELUSNews on Twitter and @Darren_Entwistle on Instagram.

About SaskTel

SaskTel is the leading information and communications technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewanwith over $1.3 billion of annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections, including 639,000 wireless accesses, 289,000 wired network accesses, 289,000 Internet accesses, 114,000 maxTV subscribers and 81,000 security monitoring customers. SaskTel and its wholly owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services, including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data center services, cloud services, security monitoring services, advertising services and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 3,400 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. Visit SaskTel at

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