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Vancouver, British Columbia
Branding ICI Colombie-Britannique
Slogan Tout est possible
Channels Digital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 26.1 (PSIP)
Affiliations Ici Radio-Canada Télé
Owner Société Radio-Canada
First air date September 27, 1976
Call letters' meaning Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation
Sister station(s) CBUT-DT, CBU (AM), CBU-FM, CBUF-FM, CBUX-FM
Former callsigns CBUFT (1976–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
26 (UHF, 1976–2011)
Transmitter power 27.52 kilowatts
Height 615.4 metres
Transmitter coordinates 49°21′13″N 122°57′24″W / 49.35361°N 122.95667°W / 49.35361; -122.95667
Website ICI Colombie-Britannique

CBUFT-DT, UHF channel 26, is a Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which serves the province's French-speaking population. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada subsidiary of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television outlet CBUT-DT (channel 2). The two stations broadcast from the CBC Regional Broadcast Centre on Hamilton Street in Downtown Vancouver, and its transmitter is located atop Mount Seymour.

This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable and on Telus TV in standard definition only. This station is also available on Bell TV channel 120 and in high definition on channel 1832.


CBUFT was launched on September 27, 1976 on UHF channel 26 (as Vancouver's second UHF television station after CKVU), taking with it programming previously aired on weekend mornings on CBUT, which began airing exclusively English-language programs from that point onward.


CBUFT had seven analog over-the-air television re-transmitters broadcasting in some of the larger BC communities such as Kelowna and Kamloops. CBUFT's content was also broadcast on the transmitter in Whitehorse, Yukon, although that transmitter was technically licensed to CBFT Montreal. It also formerly operated rebroadcast transmitters in Chilliwack, Dawson Creek, Kitimat, Lillooet, Logan Lake, Prince George and Terrace.

Due to federal funding reductions to the CBC, in April 2012, the CBC responded with substantial budget cuts, which included shutting down CBC's and Radio-Canada's remaining analog transmitters on July 31, 2012.[1] None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television re-transmitters were converted to digital, leaving rural Canadians and U.S. border regions with no free over-the-air Radio-Canada coverage, requiring a subscription to a cable or satellite provider to receive programming from the two networks in those areas.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
26.1 720p 16:9 CBUFT Main CBUFT-DT programming / Télévision de Radio-Canada

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

On August 31, 2011, the official date in which Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts,[3] CBUFT flash cut its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 26. Following the transition, the station's signal over-the-air coverage area increased to include parts of the Saanich Peninsula, though reception in Victoria will vary.

The picture format for CBUFT's digital signal is 720p.[4] This differs from the majority of digital over-the-air stations in Canada, which broadcast in 1080i.


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