Canada Post celebrates a century of broadcasting in Canada


The evening of May 20, 1920, members of the Royal Society of Canada gathered at that of Ottawa Chateau Laurel hotel for an event that would launch Canada in the age of radio. They listened to a soprano performance Dorothy Lutton, broadcast live on XWA (Experimental Wireless Apparatus) – the first Canada to receive an experimental radio license. Although the groundbreaking broadcast was transmitted by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company from from Canada factory studio in Montreal at the Naval Radio Service at Ottawa, a reception station and a large amplifier had been installed for the occasion in the ballroom of the hotel.

Later in 1920, XWA changed its appeal letters to CFCF Рto from Canada First of all, from Canada Better. In 1922, the station began commercial broadcasting. That year, CKAC de Montr̩al also became the first radio station licensed in North America offer programming in French. While the early enthusiasts were mostly hobbyists who built their own equipment, radio quickly won over mainstream listeners. Within two years from Canada Historic first broadcast, 34 radio stations were operating across the country. By the end of the decade, Canadians were receiving more than 300,000 radios.

Designed by Soapbox Design, illustrated by Olivier burston and printed by Lowe-Martin, the pair of stamps standing from the issue – two stamp designs attached – features a selection of early 20e century-old broadcasting and receiving equipment. Booklets of 10 permanent stamps at the domestic rate (five of each model) are available, as well as an official First Day cover.

Stamps and collectibles are available at

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