Building a bargaining framework for the Online News Act

The Online News Act (formerly Bill C-18) became law on June 22, 2023. It is intended to help Canadian news organizations reach fair commercial agreements with the largest online platforms, such as search engines and social media sites.

Our Plan

To implement the Online News Act, the CRTC will set up a framework for fair negotiations between news organizations in Canada and the largest online platforms that distribute their news content. The CRTC will oversee the mandatory bargaining process once it is in place. The CRTC will launch a public consultation to gather the views of Canadians and interested parties.

Fall 2023

The CRTC will hold a public consultation.

The CRTC will also issue a call for proposals for an independent auditor, who will prepare an annual report on the impact of the Act on Canada’s digital news marketplace.

Starting Summer 2024

The CRTC will publish the framework and code of conduct.

The CRTC will also recruit qualified independent arbitrators, consider applications for eligibility from news organizations, and begin information gathering.

Late 2024/Early 2025

Once eligible news organizations and arbitrators are in place, mandatory bargaining can begin.

Have your say

In fall 2023, affected parties, industry representatives and Canadians will be invited to comment and help build the bargaining framework. All comments received will form part of the public record and will inform the CRTC’s decision. Potential consultation topics include:

We encourage all interested parties to prepare for the upcoming consultation process and to follow the conversation on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

If you are a news organization or a digital news platform, we are here to answer your questions.

Please give us a call: 1-866-781-1911. Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time).

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