Regulatory Plan to modernize Canada’s broadcasting framework

This plan explains how the CRTC will work with Canadians to modernize Canada’s broadcasting framework. Modernization will take place in three phases.

Phase 1

There may be additional consultations, including on establishing a new fund to provide financial support for participation in CRTC proceedings by persons and groups representing the public interest.

Phase 2

Phase 3

Open and public process

Modernizing Canada’s broadcasting framework will require multiple steps. Every step will include open and public consultations.

Our approach

Changes needed to implement the modernized Broadcasting Act are substantial and complex. There are many interconnected issues to be addressed.

Implementing the modernized Act will be done in three phases. We will make decisions based on consultations. We will adjust our plans as needed. As a result, this plan will be updated regularly to ensure that everyone can participate and share ideas.

Phase 1: Getting started – in progress (launched spring 2023)

The broadcasting framework of the future will ensure that online streaming services make meaningful contributions to Canadian and Indigenous content. Creators will have opportunities to tell their stories and Canadians will have access to a greater variety and diversity of content.

In May 2023, we published an Information Bulletin clarifying more technical details for broadcasters. We also:

Consultation on contributions to the Canadian broadcasting system

We consulted on what contributions services will need to make to support the Canadian broadcasting system. We also consulted on other important issues such as the diversity, promotion, and accessibility of Canadian and Indigenous programming.

Consultation on registration of online streaming services

This consultation helped ensure that our regulation is limited to companies that can make a material contribution to the broadcasting system.

We proposed that registration be required only for online streaming services that have more than $10 million in annual revenues in Canada.

Consultation on exemption orders and basic conditions of service

Online streaming services have operated in Canada under “exemption orders.” This consultation examines what basic requirements they should have to meet to do business in Canada.

Phase 2: Building a new regulatory framework – in progress (launched summer 2023)

In this phase, we are looking at how we can tailor our expectations of and requirements for different broadcasting services, including:

Consultation on fees regulations

The CRTC recovers the costs of regulating the broadcasting industry through fees paid by broadcasters. This consultation examines those fees and how they should be extended to online streaming services.

Phase 3: Implementing new regulatory framework (targeting launch late 2024)

Phase 3 will focus on implementing the new regulations and policy decisions. More information will follow.

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