June 7, 2018
The CRTC published Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada. The Governor-in-Council ordered report was one of the first actions resulting from the Creative Canada Framework announced by Minister Mélanie Joly in September 2017. In the report, the CRTC sets out certain policy options that could help ensure a vibrant domestic market, including:
- Replacing prescriptive licensing with comprehensive and binding service agreements for all video and audio services offered in Canada and drawing revenue from Canadians.
- A restructured funding strategy to ensure sustainable support for content production and promotion in the future, including the participation of television service providers, radio stations, and wireless and Internet service providers.
Read the media release, the full report and articles by The Globe and Mail, Playback, La Presse, Le Devoir, ICI Radio-Canada, Playback, The Wire Report and CARTT.ca. The Coalition for the Arts and Media, of which On Screen Manitoba is a member along with several national and Québec-based organizations, published this media release.
ISED Minister Navdeep Bains and Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced the launch of a review of the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act. The review will be led by a panel of external experts and will be chaired by Janet Yale, who previously served as Executive Vice President at TELUS and the President and CEO of the Canadian Cable Television Association. Ms. Yale also served as Director General at the CRTC. The other members of the panel are Peter S. Grant, Hank Intven, Marina Pavlovic, Monique Simard, Monica Song and Pierre Trudel. The panel’s final report and recommendations are due January 31, 2020, after the Fall 2019 Federal election. See news releases from Canadian Heritage, in English and French from Coalition for the Arts and Media, the CMPA and articles from Le Devoir, The Globe and Mail, Cartt.ca, Playback and The Wire Report.