Co-Development of the Indigenous
Broadcasting Policy

Welcome to the CRTC’s page on broadcasting services related to Indigenous Peoples. The CRTC acknowledges that our mandate as Canada’s regulator of Broadcasting and Telecommunications services takes place on lands which originally belonged to Indigenous Peoples, an important segment of the population living in Canada, who we aim to serve.

On this page, you will find information related to Indigenous broadcasting in Canada, including our approach to policy development, key policies, information about broadcasting licences, and sources of funding.

Our Approach to the co-development of a new Indigenous Broadcasting Policy

Reconciliation is one of the Government of Canada’s commitments to renewing the relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. As part of its role, the Commission upholds the Government of Canada’s commitment. The CRTC has launched a multi-phase process to co-develop a new Indigenous broadcasting policy with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit broadcasters, content creators, and audiences. The process will enable all of us to better understand what these broadcasting needs are, now and in the future, for both traditional and digital services.

The review comprises three phases:

  1. Starting in the summer 2019, we’ll be holding engagement sessions across Canada, with Indigenous broadcasters, content creators and artists.
  2. The engagement sessions will be followed by a public consultation process, to obtain a range of views from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on how Canada’s broadcasting system can best complement the broadcasting interests of Indigenous Peoples moving forward.
  3. Following the public consultation, the Commission will present preliminary views to Indigenous participants from the public consultation process to give them the opportunity to provide further comments on the potential impacts of the proposed policy.

For more information on the process, please refer to the Notice of Proceeding.

Specific dates for phases two and three will be announced at a later date.

Services and information

About Radio and TV Licences (Applying, Renewing and Obligations)

Indigenous Radio services: Type A (exempted) and Type B (licensed) stations, applying for and renewing a Type B radio broadcasting licence, submitting annual returns. Indigenous television services: licensed TV services, low-power TV stations, exempted TV stations, and TV productions, applying for TV broadcasting licences.

Indigenous Broadcasting Policy

About the current Native Broadcasting Policy, other relevant Acts and Regulations.

Resources available

Funding available for Indigenous broadcasters and content creators (i.e., producers of spoken word, music, news, dramatic television and film content).

Support for Indigenous Broadcasters

Are you a broadcaster and need clarification on an issue?
We've got answers to your business questions. Give us a call.
Our support centres are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm (Eastern Time)

Other Information for Broadcasters, Producers and Audiences
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