Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)(external link) has approved and licensed all AMI equipment installed in Halton Region. This includes the data collector units, which fully comply with ISED standards and guidelines for environmental exposure to radio frequency. The units also meet standards set by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (external link). The equipment must continue to comply with these limits at all times to maintain the ISED license.
In addition, Halton’s AMI equipment meets Health Canada's Safety Code 6 (external link), which sets limits for safe human exposure to radio frequency energy. This means it is safe for anyone – including small children – to live, work and play near any piece of AMI technology for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Health Canada closely monitors new research on radio frequency and revises its recommendations as needed to protect residents. It also ensures exposure limits are consistent with science-based limits used in other parts of the world, such as the United States, the European Union, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.