The CRTC announced Thursday a revised approach to licence non-compliance for radio stations. Under the new approach, following public proceedings, sanctions will be imposed based on the type and seriousness of non-compliance, the commission said. Arguments of the licensee, what they have done to solve the problem, and factors such as the quantity, recurrence, seriousness, and circumstances of the non-compliance will be used in the commission's evaluation. The criteria will also be applied to applications for licence amendments and whether to call a licensee to a public hearing. The CRTC has in the past denied applications for licence amendments in cases of non-compliance. The commission said the sanctions could amount to something “stronger than a short-term renewal for major instances of non-compliance.” Possible sanctions include the imposition of conditions of licence, mandatory orders, short-term renewal, non-renewal, suspension, or revocation of the licence. Under the previous rules, a first-time instance of non-compliance would normally result in the station receiving a a short-term (usually four year) licence renewal. Stations in non-compliance during a short-term licence renewal or twice during a license term would only receive a renewal of up to two years. The CRTC said the new system will continue to afford licensees under investigation an opportunity to comment in writing on any initial findings.