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CitySept-Îles, Quebec
Broadcast areaCôte-Nord
BrandingIci Radio-Canada Première
Frequency98.1 MHz (FM)
First air dateDecember 12, 1976 (as a repeater of CBGA Matane)
November 1, 1982 (as a local station)
ERP96,700 watts
HAAT260.5 M
Callsign meaningCanadian Broadcasting Corporation Sept-Iles
OwnerCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
WebsiteIci Radio-Canada Première

CBSI-FM is a French-language Canadian radio station located in Sept-Îles, Quebec.

Owned and operated by Société Radio-Canada, it broadcasts on 98.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 96,700 watts (class C) using an omnidirectional antenna.

The station has an ad-free news/talk format and is part of the Ici Radio-Canada Première network, which operates across Canada.


Formerly established on December 12, 1976 as a rebroadcaster of Matane's CBGA, CBSI-FM was launched as a separate station in 1982. The station now has several rebroadcasters of its own throughout Quebec's Côte-Nord and in parts of Labrador.


The station's current local programs are Bonjour la côte, in the mornings from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and Boréale 138 in the afternoons, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. CBSI-FM also co-produces D'Est en est, a pan-regional program produced in turn with CBGA-FM and CJBR-FM Rimouski, and heard afternoons during the summer months. On public holidays, its local programs are replaced with local shows airing provincewide produced by different outlets in turn (except Montreal and Quebec City). Its Saturday morning program, Samedi et rien d'autre, originates from CBF-FM Montreal.


Rebroadcasters of CBSI-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Aguanish CBSI-14 1350 AM 40 watts LP Query
Baie-Comeau CBSI-FM-24 106.1 FM 1,900 watts A Query
Blanc-Sablon CBSI-FM-21 107.1 FM 78 watts A Query
Fermont CBSI-FM-6 100.5 FM 255 watts A Query 2000-164
Harrington Harbour CBSI-FM-15 100.5 FM 93 watts A1 Query 93-614
Havre-Saint-Pierre CBSI-FM-7 92.5 FM 25,300 watts B Query 99-119
Natashquan CBSI-5 1100 AM*
99.9 FM
40 watts
260 watts
Query 2018-53
Port-Menier CBSI-23 1130 AM 40 watts LP Query
Rivière-Saint-Paul CBSI-FM-20 103.1 FM 21 watts A1 Query
La Romaine CBSI-8 1550 AM*
99.9 FM
40 watts LP Query
Saint-Augustin CBSI-FM-18 107.3 FM 19 watts A1 Query
Schefferville CBSI-FM-2 91.1 FM 111 watts A Query 94-166
La Tabatière CBSI-FM-17 100.1 FM 50 watts A Query 96-289
Tête-à-la-Baleine CBSI-FM-16 103.5 FM 22 watts A1 Query
Vieux-Fort CBSI-FM-19 91.7 FM 26 watts A1 Query
Churchill Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador CBSI-FM-3 89.1 FM 98 watts A1 Query 88-207
Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador CBSI-FM-4 93.1 FM 255 watts A Query 95-441

In 1986, the CBC received CRTC approval to switch frequencies on a number of CBSI low-power AM rebroadcasters in Quebec.[1]

CBSI-FM-2 previously broadcast as CFKL, a local station owned by Hollinger-Ungava Transport Ltd. that operated at 1230 kHz. It is not known when the station began broadcasting, nor when it became a rebroadcaster of Radio-Canada, which acquired the station in 1965. By 1986, it was known as CBSI-2 (it would become CBSI-FM-2 upon conversion to 91.1 FM on July 15, 1994).[2]

On September 1, 2017, the CBC applied to convert CBSI-5 to 99.9 MHz.[3] On February 7, 2018, the CBC received approval from the CRTC to move CBSI-5 to 99.9 FM.[4]

On April 19, 2018, the CBC applied to convert CBSI-8 to 99.9 MHz.[5] This was approved on September 6, 2018.[6]


  1. ^ 86-21
  2. ^ History of CFKL - Canadian Communications Foundation
  3. ^ 2017-0772-0
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-53, CBSI-FM Sept-Îles – New transmitter in Natashquan, CRTC, February 7, 2018
  5. ^ 2018-0225-7
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-355, CBSI-FM Sept-Îles – New transmitter in La Romaine, CRTC, September 6, 2018

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Coordinates: 50°08′56″N 66°28′09″W / 50.14889°N 66.46917°W / 50.14889; -66.46917