Government of Canada launches review of Telecommunications and Broadcasting Acts
“In Budget 2017, we committed to reviewing Canada’s communications legislation. Today we are delivering on that commitment. We want to ensure that our laws keep pace with Canada’s rapidly evolving telecommunications landscape so that Canadians can continue to receive world-class services. The review will consider whether changes need to be made to support affordability and availability. The panel will also examine how to build on Canada’s existing net neutrality framework to ensure that all Canadians continue to benefit from an open and innovative Internet.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“The Broadcasting Act has always been one of the most important tools we have to protect and promote our culture and our diversity. This review will help us fulfill our commitments in Creative Canada to invest in our artists and artisans, promote Canadian content at home and globally, and strengthen our national public broadcaster. The principle guiding this review is clear: if you profit, you contribute—there is no free ride. We look forward to hearing from the panel on how we can best achieve these goals.
– The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Canadian communications industry generated revenues of $66.6 billion in 2016 ($48.7 billion for telecommunications and $17.9 billion for broadcasting).
Canadian households spent an average of $223 every month on communications services in 2016.
In September 2017, the Government announced its vision for Canada’s cultural and creative industries in a digital world, built on three pillars:
- Invest in our creators and cultural entrepreneurs.
- Promote discovery and distribution of Canadian content at home and abroad.
- Strengthen public broadcasting and support local news.
Karl A. Sasseville
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development 343-291-2500
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
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