On February 2, 2022, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (Bill C-11 or the Online Streaming Act), with the aim to support the next generation of Canadian artists and creators.
Bill C-11 applies to online broadcasting—commonly referred to as “streaming”—platforms and would require such platforms to contribute to the creation and availability of Canadian content. The proposed legislation aims to bring online broadcasters under similar rules and requirements as traditional broadcasters. Bill C-11 will not apply to individual users or online creators, and only proposes to regulate the platforms themselves.
Key features of Bill C-11 include:
Bill C-11 completed First Reading at the House of Commons. The full text of Bill C-11 is available here.
Summary By: Steffi Tran
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