The CRTC and Official Language Minority Communities

As a Canadian institution, the CRTC is required under section 41 of the Official Languages Act (OLA) to ensure that positive measures are taken to enhance the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada, to support and assist their development and to foster the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.

A key aspect of this is ensuring that the Canadian broadcasting system reflects the linguistic duality of Canada and that the needs of both French and English linguistic minority communities are met.

An example—CBC licence renewal requirements

As an example of how the CRTC ensures that the needs of OLMCs are met, here are the requirements that Canada’s national public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), has to meet in the coming years.   

Conventional television requirements

For its conventional television stations, the CRTC requires that the CBC:

Specialty television requirements

For its specialty television services, the CRTC requires that the CBC:

Radio requirements

For its radio services, the CRTC requires that the CBC:

Additional requirements

In addition, the CRTC requires that the CBC must:

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