Registration for online streaming services

As part of the modernization of Canada’s broadcasting framework, certain online streaming services need to provide information about their activities in Canada. Registration collects basic information, is only required once and can be completed in just a few steps.

A list of registered services will be published on our website.

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Criteria to register

Online streaming services that meet the following criteria must complete a registration form:

1. Operate in Canada

Registration applies to Canadian and foreign online streaming services operating in Canada.

2. Offer broadcasting content

Broadcast content can be audio programs or audiovisual programs that are intended to inform, enlighten or entertain. Content can be offered online in a number of ways, for example, through:

3. Earn $10 million or more in annual broadcasting revenues

This applies to online streaming services that alone, or as part of a broadcasting ownership group, earn $10 million or more in annual revenue from broadcasting activities. It includes revenue collected in the Canadian market during the previous broadcast year from both online and licensed broadcasting services.

Sources of revenue include:

Excluded revenue

Revenue generated from the following are excluded from the total:

  • providing video game services;
  • providing audiobook services; and
  • broadcasting activities by traditional services exempt from holding a licence.

See Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2023-329: Online Undertakings Registration Regulations, and exemption order regarding those regulations for details on registration requirements.

Exemptions

Online streaming services don’t need to register if:

See Broadcasting Order CRTC 2023-330 Exemption order for classes of online undertakings in respect of the Online Undertakings Registration Regulations for details on exemptions.

How to register

Fill out and submit the registration form

The registration form asks you to provide information about your online streaming services.

Services that have filled form 157 for the Annual Digital Media Survey in 2022 have the option to complete a simplified attestation form through the registration process.

Registration deadlines

Start the registration process

Registration support

If you need help with the registration process, 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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