Sirius has announced that SIRIUS Canada, its Canadian affiliate, has been given approval by Canada’s Federal Cabinet to offer nationwide service in Canada. This decision upholds the ruling earlier this year by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Sirius’ partners in Canada are the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Standard Radio, Inc.

“With the Canadian government’s decision to uphold the CRTC’s original ruling allowing Sirius Canada to begin broadcasting, we will work with our Canadian partners to bring the very best in satellite radio programming to Canada,” said Scott Greenstein, President of Entertainment and Sports for Sirius.

“Soon, Canadians will be able to experience the variety of programming and quality entertainment that Sirius offers. Not only will Canadians be able to access an unprecedented number of commercial-free music channels, they will also be able to hear the most comprehensive sports coverage in satellite radio on Sirius. This is a great decision for Canadians, and we look forward to launching this service as soon as possible later this year.”

As part of its offering, Sirius Canada will also devote a number of channels to programming produced by Canadian artists in both English and French.