Programming on TV and Radio

Our numerous programming initiatives focus on ensuring that radio and TV broadcasting meets the needs and interests of Canadians. We also monitor the operations of licensed radio and TV services to ensure they meet their regulatory requirements.

Key television policies

Key radio policies

Digital Report on the Future of Programming in Canada

We have prepared a digital-first report following a public process during which we gathered lots of information from the industry and from Canadians.

Learn about market insights and the future viability of all the business models that are part of the broadcasting system right now. Then check out the opportunities and risks related to all the changes that are arising. For example, discover how market shifts could impact Canadian TV and film production. Or, check out at how changes in radio broadcasting revenues could affect financial contributions used to develop Canadian music and spoken word content. Our interactive scenarios take an in-depth look at the impacts these changes could have. Finally, review the conclusions and options we are laying out to help ensure our creators can thrive in the digital era!

Exclusive broadcasting rights

We ensure that television programming is widely available to Canadians across the country. Television services often acquire exclusive rights to programs, but since these services are offered to all cable and satellite distributors, most Canadians will have access to them.

On the Internet, digital media services may offer exclusive content as well, but we do not permit programs designed for television to be offered exclusively by only one specific mobile or retail. Internet service. This ensures that customers will not have to subscribe to more than one Internet service provider (ISP) or mobile provider to watch content.

Video-on- demand (VOD) services offered via traditional television distributors are not permitted to acquire exclusive rights because that would mean those programs would only be available to subscribers of that specific television distributor. However, VOD services can offer exclusive content in the same way as digital media services on the Internet provided the VOD service is also offered on the Internet to all Canadians without the need for a television subscription.


Content Made by Canadians

TV Programming

Radio Programming

Monitoring Compliance

Our monitoring of licensees to make sure they are meeting their conditions of licence

Canadian Program Certification

Make a complaint

How to make a complaint about your TV or radio service online, by email and by phone.

What we are doing

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