Garmin Astro and Alpha Use in Canada?
Due to varying international regulations, Garmin Astro and Alpha GPS dog tracking units are only approved for use in the United States.
Garmin Astro and Alpha GPS tracking handhelds and TT, T and DC series GPS collars use MURS band radio signals to transmit information back and forth to one another, and the use of this frequency band is subject to various national regulations. The Canadian government has restricted the use of these MURS band radio frequencies exclusively for commercial/industrial land mobile and public safety uses.
In June 2009, Industry Canada announced that the MURS radio frequency used by the Alpha and Alpha would be allowed in Canada following a 5-year transition period. However, uncertainties were raised regarding the relative benefits of proceeding with MURS implementation in light of potential negative impacts to existing radio licensees. In June 2014, Industry Canada reversed its position, noting "the Department does not feel that the introduction of MURS devices in Canada is warranted at this time, and has decided to defer the introduction of MURS devices in Canada until a clearer indication of actual need is provided by Canadian MURS advocates and/or stakeholders." Garmin remains interested in offering the Alpha and Astro to Canadian customers and will be contacting Industry Canada in support of that goal. Potential Canadian customers should also contact their local Industry Canada office to express their desire to have these products approved for use in Canada.
To ensure compliance with local laws:
Garmin Astro and Alpha GPS dog tracking units are approved for use in the United States only
The sale and unlicensed use of Garmin Astro and Alpha systems is currently prohibited by the Canadian government
The radio function that allows the dog collars to communicate with the handheld will be deactivated when used outside of the US
The handheld will still function as a GPS outside the US but without any dog tracking/training capability
Garmin units with radio functionality that is disabled outside of the US:
Alpha 100 Handheld
Astro 430 Handheld
Astro 320 Handheld
TT15 MINI Collar
T5 MINI Collar