Departmental Plan 2020-2021 - Supplementary Information Tables
Although the CRTC operates at arm’s length from the federal government, given the nature of its mandate related to Broadcasting and Telecommunications and its deep knowledge of the communications industry, it frequently operates in an environment where it must respond to government business of the day and provide advice as required under the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act.
In 2020-21 specifically, theCRTC will also continue to support the Government of Canada’s review of Canada’s legislative framework for communications, including the review of the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act, as appropriate.
The CRTC regularly needs to adjust its plans as a result of developments that place additional demands on its existing resources, such as:
- a new proceeding initiated by an application filed by a stakeholder or a member of the public;
- a particularly large number of interventions received that prolong the time required for thorough analysis and for issuing a decision;
- a Governor in Council request;
- a media ownership transaction in the marketplace; or
- other disruptions in its broader operating environment.
Budget 2019 earmarked funding for a new cybersecurity initiative. The CRTC will closely monitor these government initiatives and respond appropriately.
In 2020-21, technological disruptions are expected to continue to alter the communications landscape. The CRTC will continue to stay abreast of them, and to increase its knowledge base of the trends and its understanding of their implications for a world-class Canadian communications system through knowledge partnerships and dialogue with Canadians.
Gender-based analysis plus
Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and gender-diverse people experience policies, programs and services based on multiple factors including race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability.
The table below sets out general information about CRTC’s 2020-21 GBA+ plans.
Not applicable: The CRTC does not have a formal GBA+ implementation plan for 2020-21.
The Broadcasting Act is one of the enabling instruments of the CRTC. It requires the CRTC to help ensure that the Canadian broadcasting system:
|Human resources||Not applicable: The CRTC does not plan to assign dedicated full-time equivalents (FTEs) to GBA+ implementation in 2020-21.|
Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) programs
The CRTC participates in WCT programs that seek to empower women as leaders and contributors to Canada’s digital economy:
|Reporting capacity and data||
As part of the review of the Indigenous broadcasting policy, the CRTC will commission a report that gives a portrait of the current Indigenous broadcasting environment (including data on social, economic, and financial realities).
The CRTC has also created a new reporting requirement for certain large broadcasters to identify the number of women holding key creative roles in commissioned works.
With the updated CPE definition, the CRTC will track how CPE investments contribute to gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness in Canada (by monitoring metrics related to women in key creative positions and to productions made by and for Indigenous groups, for example).
2020 to 2023 Short-form Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
|Name of department||Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)|
Although the CRTC is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the CRTC adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by complying with the Policy on Green Procurement.
The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada’s effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the CRTC supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the actions described in the 2019 to 2022 FSDS “Greening Government” goal.
|Integrating sustainable development||
The CRTC continues to implement environmentally conscious strategies and best practices to reduce the carbon footprint of the CRTC. Below are examples of implementation strategies and best practices that are in place.
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) goals and targets. The results of these SEAs are made public when an initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that when there are environmental effects, including impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program that they have been appropriately considered during proposal development and decision making. The CRTC is an administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises Canadian broadcasting, and telecommunications in the public interest, as well as contributes to protecting Canadians from unsolicited communications. Given its mandate, the CRTC does not have plans, programs or policies subject to strategic environmental assessments.
|FSDS target||FSDS contributing actions||Corresponding departmental action(s)||Contribution by each departmental action to the FSDS goal and target||Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for departmental actions||Link to the department’s Program Inventory|
|Actions supporting the Greening Government goal and the Policy on Green Procurement||Support for green procurement will be strengthened, including guidance, tools and training for public service employees||
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