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.


Your Consumer Rights for TV Services (The TV Service Provider Code)

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.

Services that do and do not need a licence

Authorized and exempt radio, TV and cable (distribution) services.

Local, Community and Over-the-Air TV

More about local and community TV and OTA broadcasting.

Changing your Service Provider

Learn about changing your phone, wireless, Internet, and TV service providers.

Options to Watch TV (online too!)

Explore the different options available in Canada to view content.

Types of TV Broadcasters

Learn about 9(1)(h), aboriginal programming, basic, community, discretionary, ethnic and third-language, on-demand and religious television services.

Co-Development of the Indigenous Broadcasting Policy

Learn about Indigenous radio and television broadcasting services and licences.

Switching from Analog to Digital TV

What the switch from analog to digital means for you and why it happened.

CRTC Activities and Initiatives

Commercial radio policy review

The CRTC is updating its commercial radio policy

We sought comments from Canadians on their radio listening habits, behaviours and views. This information will help the CRTC determine how best to update its regulations to ensure that Canada’s commercial radio industry remains competitive in a digital environment, while continuing to meet the needs and interests of Canadians in both official languages.

CBC licence renewal

CBC licence renewal

We are currently reviewing CBC’s services. We want to ensure that the public broadcaster provides Canadians with programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, while reflecting Canada’s various geographic, cultural and linguistic realities and identities, in both official languages.

National Public Alerting System

Emergency Alerts

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.

What we are doing

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