CRTC takes major step forward to modernize Canada’s broadcasting framework
September 29, 2023—Ottawa–Gatineau—Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Today, the CRTC is advancing its regulatory plan to modernize Canada’s broadcasting framework and ensure online streaming services make meaningful contributions to Canadian and Indigenous content.
On May 12, 2023, the CRTC launched its first public consultations. After thoroughly examining all the evidence on the public record, including over 200 interventions, the CRTC is issuing its first two decisions.
First, the CRTC is setting out which online streaming services need to provide information about their activities in Canada. Online streaming services that operate in Canada, offer broadcasting content, and earn $10 million or more in annual revenues will need to complete a registration form by November 28, 2023. Registration collects basic information, is only required once and can be completed in just a few steps.
Second, the CRTC is setting conditions for online streaming services to operate in Canada. These conditions take effect today and require certain online streaming services to provide the CRTC with information related to their content and subscribership. The decision also requires those services to make content available in a way that is not tied to a specific mobile or Internet service.
A third consultation is ongoing. It considers contributions traditional broadcasters and online streaming services will need to make to support Canadian and Indigenous content. The CRTC will hold a three-week public proceeding starting on November 20, 2023, and will hear from 129 intervenors representing a broad range of interests.
“We are developing a modern broadcasting framework that can adapt to changing circumstances. To do that, we need broad engagement and robust public records. We appreciate the significant participation during this first phase and look forward to hearing a diversity of perspectives at our contributions proceeding in November.”
- Vicky Eatrides, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, CRTC
- Social media services must register; however, users do not.
- Online services that offer podcasts must register; however, individuals who use social media to share podcasts do not.
- Online services that only provide video game services or audiobooks do not have to register.
- A list of registered services will be published on the CRTC’s website.
- Registration for online streaming services
- Regulatory plan
- Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2023-329: Online Undertakings Registration Regulations, and exemption order regarding those regulations
- Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2023-331: Review of exemption orders and transition from conditions of exemption to conditions of service for broadcasting online undertakings
- Consultation about registration of online streaming services
- Consultation about exemption orders and basic conditions of service for online streaming services
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