TV and Radio Services for Canadians
Learn about the types of broadcasters that offer different TV and radio services, on switching from analog to digital TV, and how to change your TV service provider.
The majority of Canadians who subscribe to TV services are protected by the TVSP Code. The Code explains your rights and the rules your provider must follow.
Authorized and exempt radio, TV and cable (distribution) services.
More about local and community TV and OTA broadcasting.
Learn about changing your phone, wireless, Internet, and TV service providers.
Explore the different options available in Canada to view content.
Learn about 9(1)(h), aboriginal programming, basic, community, discretionary, ethnic and third-language, on-demand and religious television services.
Learn about Indigenous radio and television broadcasting services and licences.
What the switch from analog to digital means for you and why it happened.
CRTC Activities and Initiatives
We’re seeking comments from Canadians on their radio listening habits, behaviours and views. This information will help the CRTC determine how best to update its regulations to ensure Canada’s commercial radio industry remains competitive in a digital environment, while continuing to meet the needs and interests of Canadians in both official languages. Canadians are encouraged to share their opinions by completing an online survey by November 26, 2020, or by submitting their comments by February 1, 2021.
Between November 25, 2019 and February 20, 2020, we consulted Canadians on CBC/Radio-Canada’s programming. We wanted to know if Canada’s national public broadcaster reflects the views of Canadians and is meeting their needs and interests in both official languages. Canadians were invited to share their views on the following themes: reflection, production, accessibility and discoverability as well as contributions to democratic life in Canada.
To ensure Canadians’ safety, emergency alert messages are issued on television, radio and on mobile devices to warn people about imminent dangers to life and property. Read more about the types of alerts and scheduled test messages at Alert Ready, and about the National Public Alerting System.
What we are doing
Notices of consultation
Policies, Decisions and Orders
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-198 - Licensing of new radio stations to serve the urban Indigenous communities in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-143 – Renewal of television licences held by large French-language television ownership groups – Introductory decision
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-148 – Renewal of television licences held by large English-language television ownership groups – Introductory decision
- Policy framework for local and community television (2016-224)
- Creating compelling and diverse Canadian programming (2015-86)
- Call for proposals to amend the lists of eligible satellite services through the inclusion of additional non-Canadian services eligible for distribution on a digital basis only (2000-173)
- Improving the diversity of third-language television services – A revised approach to assessing requests to add non-Canadian third-language television services to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis (2004-96)
- Broadcasting Distribution Regulations
- Key Radio Policies
- Key Television Policies
- Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians
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