All Canadian Content Articles

Mar 14, 2018 — News Article

Mélanie Joly puts internet giants on notice

Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is warning American internet giants to brace for new legislation that will crack down on threats to Canadian culture.

Mar 1, 2018 — News Article

Budget media provisions disappointing, industry says by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The funds, which will be handed out by one or more independent, non-governmental organizations, are far less than some had proposed. 

Feb 27, 2018 — News Release

Missed opportunity threatens democratic debate

Canadian media and journalism are fighting for their lives and the federal government missed an opportunity to address this crisis in today’s budget.

Feb 25, 2018 — News Article

Broadcast group lobbies provinces to join fight for aid package to media by Daniel Leblanc

FRIENDS wrote individual letters to the country's premiers, stating that provinces would receive more than $500-million in new revenue if proposed changes were made to what they see as a flaw in the Income Tax Act.

Feb 23, 2018 — Blog Post

FRIENDS urges Canada's Premiers to help "Close the Loophole"

FRIENDS has reached out to Canada's Premiers appealing for them to urge Ottawa to close the tax loophole that encourages Canadian advertisers to spend on foreign online platforms, 80% of which ($4.4 billion per year) travels down a tax-free express lane straight to Google and Facebook in the US.

Feb 13, 2018 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359

FRIENDS' second phase intervention on the CRTC's call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models.

Feb 8, 2018 — News Release

FRIENDS announces transition to a new Executive Director and Spokesperson


Daniel Bernhard has been appointed to the position of Executive Director and Spokesperson of the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Feb 4, 2018 — News Article

Netflix acquires French-Canadian film Les Affamés as part of $500 million investment by Dean Daley

Les Affamés tells the story of a small remote village in Quebec, where the bodies of locals have started to turn against their loved ones.

Feb 2, 2018 — News Article

B.C. now Canada's leading province for film and TV production: report by Harrison Mooney

B.C.’s film and television production industry exploded with growth of 40 per cent last fiscal year over the year before thanks largely to binge-watchers on internet streaming services.

Feb 2, 2018 — News Article

Netflix, taxes and non-existent loopholes. What a story. by Vito Pilieci

The funding for Canadian Content from Netflix came on the heels of a summer price hike that saw customers pay between $1 and $2 more for their subscriptions, but Netflix says the price hike and the investment in Canadian content are not related.


Feb 1, 2018 — News Article

Ottawa’s ‘Studied Indifference’ to Canadian Newspapers Is Undermining Journalism by John Honderich

Columnist says the federal government is ignoring practical solutions that would help struggling newspapers at little cost to the public purse.

Jan 29, 2018 — Ad Campaign

Close the Loophole! ad in The Hill Times

This full-page ad, supported by hundreds of Canadians, was placed in "Canada's Politics and Government Newspaper".

RELATED: Jan 26, 2017 — Publication — The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising
The thesis of this paper is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Canadian Income TaxAct (ITA).

Jan 28, 2018 — Campaign

Let's close the tax loophole and save local media

Giant American companies such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and many others are sucking the lifeblood out of Canada’s media economy – threatening the very future of our local TV, newspapers and radio stations – even hurting the CBC. A loophole in Canada’s tax system is actually making this happen.

Please send a message to Prime Minister Trudeau asking for this loophole to be closed.

Jan 6, 2018 — News Article

Giant map of Canada aims to hook students on democracy

In a bid to get students devoted to democracy, Canadian Geographic and CPAC have teamed up to create a giant floor map of Canada that shows every federal riding in the country.

Dec 19, 2017 — News Article

Why Are There So Few Canadian Hit TV Shows? by Barry Kiefl

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says the paucity of high-quality Canadian drama and entertainment is mostly a function money, as well as our risk-averse government funding system. 

Dec 8, 2017 — News Article

Netflix tax decision is up to Finance Minister Morneau, Heritage Minister Joly says

The streaming services has pledged $500 million for Canadian content, but Quebec’s finance minister is urging Ottawa to join the province in taxing foreign online businesses.

Dec 6, 2017 — News Article

Favouritism Towards Foreign Web Giants Français

More than a hundred personalities and members of the cultural, trade union and business communities have joined their voices in support of the following declaration.

Dec 5, 2017 — News Article

Canada's CBC Launches Live TV Streaming Service to Rival Netflix by Etan Vlessing

The public broadcaster has launched an over-the-top video service, allowing Canadians to live-stream 'Schitt's Creek' and other original series on digital devices.

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

Closing tax loophole needed to save local media by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.

Dec 1, 2017 — News Article

CMF and Quebecor Fund join forces as part of a program to boost exports

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Quebecor Fund today announce a new pilot partnership to promote the export of Canadian content.