On April 27, 2023, Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, also known as the Online Streaming Act, received Royal Assent.
Bill C-11 was introduced in February 2022, as previously reported by the E-TIPS® Newsletter here. Bill C-11 constitutes the first major reform to the Broadcasting Act since 1991 and will require online streaming services to contribute to the creation, production, and distribution of Canadian content. Bill C-11 outlines several amendments to the Broadcasting Act, including:
The federal government has stated that following Royal Assent, the Minister of Canadian Heritage will ask the Cabinet to issue a policy direction to the CRTC, which will be responsible for the implementation of Bill C-11. The draft policy direction will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I and will remain open for at least 30 days for public consultation.
In addition, the CRTC will also consult stakeholders in its development and implementation of regulations to ensure that both traditional and online broadcasting services offer meaningful levels of Canadian content.
For additional information, the full text of Bill C-11 is available here.
Summary By: Steffi Tran
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