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Vancouver, British Columbia
BrandingICI Colombie-Britannique
SloganPour toute la vie, ICI Radio-Canada Télé
ChannelsDigital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
Subchannels26.1 Ici Radio-Canada Télé
AffiliationsIci Radio-Canada Télé (O&O; 1976–present)
OwnerSociété Radio-Canada
First air dateSeptember 27, 1976
Call letters' meaningCanadian
Broadcasting Corporation
Sister station(s)TV: CBUT-DT
Former callsignsCBUFT (1976–2011)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
26 (UHF, 1976–2011)
Transmitter power27.52 kW
Height615.4 m
Transmitter coordinates49°21′13″N 122°57′24″W / 49.35361°N 122.95667°W / 49.35361; -122.95667 (CBUFT Tower)Coordinates: 49°21′13″N 122°57′24″W / 49.35361°N 122.95667°W / 49.35361; -122.95667 (CBUFT Tower)
Licensing authorityCRTC
WebsiteICI 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 Franco-Columbian population. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada subsidiary of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television owned-and-operated station CBUT-DT (channel 2). The two stations maintain studio facilities located at the CBC Regional Broadcast Centre on Hamilton Street in Downtown Vancouver; CBUFT maintains transmitter facilities located atop Mount Seymour.

On cable, the station available on Shaw Cable in standard definition on channel 7, and on Telus TV in high definition on channel 2001. On satellite, the station is available on Bell TV channel 120 and in high definition on channel 1832.


The station first signed on the air on September 27, 1976 on UHF channel 26 – as Vancouver's second UHF television station after CKVU (channel 21, now on channel 10); it took Radio-Canada programming from CBUT (channel 2), which had previously aired select programs from the network on weekend mornings, and exclusively began airing English language programs from that point onward.


CBUFT formerly operated seven analogue rebroadcast transmitters, which broadcast in some of the larger British Columbia communities such as Kelowna and Kamloops. CBUFT's content was also broadcast on a transmitter in Whitehorse, Yukon, although that transmitter was technically licensed to Montreal sister station CBFT. 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 analogue transmitters on July 31, 2012.[1] None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television rebroadcast 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 / Ici Radio-Canada Télé

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 over-the-air signal coverage area expanded to include parts of the Saanich Peninsula, though reception in Victoria varies depending on the area.

CBUFT's transmits its digital signal in the 720p resolution format.[4] This differs from the majority of terrestrial television stations in Canada that broadcast digital signals, which transmit HD programming in the 1080i format.


  1. ^ Speaking notes for Hubert T. Lacroix regarding measures announced in the context of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for CBUFT
  3. ^ "Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)". Archived from the original on 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  4. ^ Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums - View Single Post - CBC HD Switches To 720p From 1080i

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