TV and Radio Services for Canadians
Learn about the types of broadcasters that offer different TV and radio services, on switching from analog to digital TV, and how to change your TV service provider.
The majority of Canadians who subscribe to TV services are protected by the TVSP Code. The Code explains your rights and the rules your provider must follow.
Radio, TV and Cable Broadcasting Services that do and do not need a licence.
More about local and community TV and OTA broadcasting.
Learn about changing your phone, wireless, Internet, and TV service providers.
Explore the different options available in Canada to view content.
Learn about 9(1)(h), aboriginal programming, basic, community, discretionary, ethnic and third-language, on-demand and religious television services.
What the switch from analog to digital means for you and why it happened.
CRTC Activities and Initiatives
To ensure Canadians’ safety, emergency alert messages are issued on television, radio and on mobile devices to warn people about imminent dangers to life and property. Read more about the types of alerts and scheduled test messages at Alert Ready, and about the National Public Alerting System.
Interested in the future of programming in Canada in light of all the changes that are happening? We recently examined this important issue carefully and you can see what our findings were in our digital-first report! We gathered lots of information from the industry and from Canadians to prepare this report. Check out what changes we think need to take place to ensure a vibrant programming market in Canada!
Canadians have choices when it comes to watching all types of programming. Learn about the choices available to you and tips on how to shop around for TV services.
What we are doing
Notice of consultation
Policies, Decisions and Orders
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-198 - Licensing of new radio stations to serve the urban Indigenous communities in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-143 – Renewal of television licences held by large French-language television ownership groups – Introductory decision
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-148 – Renewal of television licences held by large English-language television ownership groups – Introductory decision
- Policy framework for local and community television (2016-224)
- Creating compelling and diverse Canadian programming (2015-86)
- Call for proposals to amend the lists of eligible satellite services through the inclusion of additional non-Canadian services eligible for distribution on a digital basis only (2000-173)
- Improving the diversity of third-language television services – A revised approach to assessing requests to add non-Canadian third-language television services to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis (2004-96)
- Broadcasting Distribution Regulations
- Key Radio Policies
- Key Television Policies
- Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians
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