Implementing the Online News Act

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

On December 15, 2023, the Department of Canadian Heritage published the Online News Act Application and Exemption Regulations, which help explain which platforms the Act applies to and how they can apply for exemptions.

Consultation on Google’s exemption application

Share your thoughts on the request by Google to be exempted from the Act.

Status: Open for comments until August 6, 2024.

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Learn more about the procedure that parties like news businesses and online platforms are to use when participating in consultations under the Act.

Our Plan

While the Online News Act Application and Exemption Regulations provide a path for platforms to receive an exemption from the mandatory bargaining process, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) must still be prepared to administer the mandatory bargaining process and must implement other provisions in the Act. The CRTC has launched public consultations to gather the views of Canadians and interested parties on the regulatory framework.

The CRTC will update its regulatory plan as needed.


 Law formulation and implementation

Winter and spring 2024

 Google’s open call to news organizations

 Public consultations

 Other activities

Summer and fall 2024

 Public consultation

 Other activities

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