All CRTC / Regulation Articles

Dec 3, 2016 — News Article

Broadcasters eye CRTC Netflix exemptions, push for parity by Michael Lewis

Competing with services that don't have to fund original Canadian programming, companies call for regulation ‘flexibility.’

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Melanie Joly’s tough choice on Canadian content: New thinking or new taxes by Michael Geist

Columnist says groups such as ACTRA, the Writers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Directors Guild of Canada argue that the government should require Netflix to contribute a percentage of its revenues toward the creation of Canadian content.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Only watch HBO or Sportsnet? Canada’s TV providers must offer solo channels on Dec. 1 by Emily Jackson

TV service providers must offer channels à la carte and in packages of up to 10 channels to complement existing TV packages in order to comply with a policy issued in spring 2015 by the CRTC.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Amazon Prime video streaming expected to launch in Canada Dec. 1: Bell Media exec by Emily Jackson

Bell Media President Mary Ann Turcke tells regulators at a broadcast licence renewal hearing that she expects her company’s video streaming service, CraveTV, will have to compete against Amazon Prime Video very soon.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

CBC president defends ad-free proposal, asks Ottawa for $400M to 'unshackle' broadcaster

CBC President Hubert Lacroix thinks the CBC's business model is broken and is asking the government for additional funding so that the public broadcaster can stop advertising across its platforms.

Nov 23, 2016 — Policy Brief

The future of Canadian content in a digital world

In a letter to Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS comments on critical issues affecting the future of Canadian content in a digital world.

Nov 22, 2016 — News Article

Make The Music Industry Fair Again For Canada's Creators by Graha Henderson

CEO of Music Canada says artists -- the people who build our nation's cultural foundation and much of the intellectual property we export -- now struggle more than ever to earn a living.

Nov 17, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Chief's Speech Frames His Legacy

Text of a speech delivered by CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais to the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications in Ottawa.

Nov 14, 2016 — News Article

Ottawa names public servant as temporary CRTC vice-chair by Christine Dobby

The federal government has tapped long-time public servant Judith LaRocque for a temporary stint in a vice-chair role at the CRTC.

Nov 8, 2016 — News Article

CRTC releases new broadcast industry statistics

According to a new report, broadcasting revenues in Canada last year decreased by 1.6% to $17.9 billion.

Nov 3, 2016 — News Article

Telefilm Canada study finds Canadians want more entertainment on more platforms

TV still medium of choice for majority of respondents, but tablets, phones increasingly used.

Oct 26, 2016 — News Article

Canadians spend more on Internet access than TV subscriptions for first time: CRTC by Emily Jackson

The CRTC says Canadians spent more money on Internet access than television subscriptions for the first time last year as the demand for data exploded and the desire for traditional TV packages waned.

Oct 26, 2016 — News Article

Downloaded data skyrockets in 2015

The CRTC says Canadians are downloading more data than ever as a result of the growing use of broadband technologies over mobile devices and within the home.

Oct 25, 2016 — News Article

Broadcasting revenues dip as Canadians move online for radio and television: CRTC by Emily Jackson

CRTC says cord cutting took a bigger bite out of Canada’s broadcast industry last year as younger audiences increasingly listened to music and watched television over the Internet.

Oct 25, 2016 — News Article

Canadians between 12 and 24 years old listen to half the amount of traditional radio than others

CRTC Chairman says a new report clearly shows that viewing and listening habits are continuing to shift. 

Oct 25, 2016 — News Article

Still stuck in the Sixties with the CRTC by Len Katz & Sean Speer

Columnist says now is the time for a new digital policy for the digital age.

Oct 25, 2016 — News Article

Canadians continue to shift towards digital platforms

A new report released by the CRTC shows how the viewing and listening habits of Canadians are transforming the broadcasting industry.

Oct 21, 2016 — News Article

Post says Quebecor, others see Blais talk Netflix tax

The Financial Post reports that CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is surprised Canada has not placed a sales tax on foreign video streaming services like Netflix, a move the Liberal government seems to be inching toward despite previous promises not to do so

Oct 21, 2016 — News Article

Give Even More Power to Canada's Big Telecoms, Think Tank Says by Jordan Pearson

A new report from Macdonald-Laurier Institute says the CRTC should get out of the business of regulating telecom prices and competition entirely.

Oct 20, 2016 — News Article

Local TV news coverage more important than station finances, says CRTC chair

The head of the country's broadcast regulator says TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line.