Government of Canada outlines proposed directions for the Online Streaming Act to set the stage for equitable, flexible and adaptable regulation
From: Canadian Heritage
June 8, 2023
The Government of Canada announced proposed directions that will guide the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) during its implementation of the Online Streaming Act.
The Online Streaming Act will help highlight Canadian stories and music on streaming platforms and will reinvest in future generations of artists and creators in Canada.
The CRTC is being asked to:
· support Canadian creators and creative industries;
· advance Indigenous storytelling;
· increase representation of Black, racialized and other equity-deserving communities;
· ensure regulations are fair and flexible;
· redefine Canadian programs to reflect today’s industry and how Canadian stories are told; and
· exclude social media creators’ content from regulation.
The proposed policy directions will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for public consultation on Saturday, June 10, 2023. The government welcomes the participation of creators, businesses, civil society and all Canadians. Following the public consultation, the final policy directions will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. Once finalized, the CRTC will be bound by the policy directions.
In order to provide more clarity and predictability, the CRTC recently published details on how it will consult on the implementation of the Online Streaming Act. Information about how to participate is available on the CRTC website.
“We’ve said it from the start: If you benefit from the system, you should contribute to it. With the Online Streaming Act, we’re acting to support our creators, our artists, our independent producers and our culture so that they thrive in the digital age. Canadians deserve to see themselves in what they watch and listen to, and this legislation is an essential step forward in ensuring that our cultural industry and our talent shine.”
—Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage