All CRTC / Regulation Articles

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.

Oct 20, 2016 — News Article

Should CRTC end its parallel tax system? by Mark Goldberg

Columnist says it is unlikely that there will be a new tax on internet access services, but quite possible to see the federal government apply its Goods and Services Tax (a value added sales tax) on all foreign digital services.

Oct 20, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Recognized For The Let's Talk TV A Conversation With Canadians Initiative

Media release says Let's Talk TV was one of the CRTC's most comprehensive and complex public consultations and broadcasting policy reviews to date.

Oct 20, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chair: Local news is more important than profits

CRTC Chairman laments that a “disturbing number” of TV stations have cut staff and centralized operations.

Oct 20, 2016 — News Article

Think tank urges CRTC reform as Liberals consult on CanCon, suggests killing content requirements by Emily Jackson

Columnist says another pro-market think tank has called for massive reforms to the institution that regulates broadcasting and telecommunications as the federal government seeks opinions on how to overhaul its Canadian content policy for the digital era.

Oct 20, 2016 — News Article

Think tank urges CRTC reform as Liberals consult on CanCon, suggests killing content requirements by Emily Jackson

Columnist says another pro-market think tank has called for massive reforms to the institution that regulates broadcasting and telecommunications as the federal government seeks opinions on how to overhaul its Canadian content policy for the digital era.

Oct 20, 2016 — News Article

Local news a "responsibility," says CRTC

CRTC Chairman says TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line.

Oct 19, 2016 — News Article

Internet price hikes could be coming as Ottawa reviews cultural policy, critics warn by Sophia Harris

The federal government has launched a massive review of Canadian-made content in the digital age that will include who should be footing the bill.

Oct 16, 2016 — News Article

GST on Netflix still a possibility as Liberals review cultural production by Laura Payton

Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly won't force streaming services like Netflix to pay into the Canada Media Fund, but all other options are open - including charging GST - as her department reviews the country's cultural production.

Oct 16, 2016 — News Article

Netflix hammers cross-border watchers and there may be no way out by Sophia Harris

Some unblocking companies that help customers hop Netflix borders are in retreat.

Oct 14, 2016 — News Article

Stop the federal government before it taxes everything on the Internet by John Tabish

Michael Geist, the University of Ottawa professor and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, says new digital taxes will not solve the troubles faced by the news and broadcasting industry.

Oct 12, 2016 — News Article

New digital taxes may be the future of Cancon by Michael Geist

Columnist says extending sales taxes to digital services may be complicated, as enforcement costs can outweigh revenues for smaller services, but work on global standards is likely to provide assistance in developing efficient tax collection mechanisms and common threshold exemptions.

Oct 9, 2016 — News Article

New funding rules for Canadian television draw ire by Ian Bailey

If new funding rules for the production of Canadian television were in place years ago, Simon Barry fears he wouldn’t have kept his job as executive producer on his made-in-Vancouver TV series Continuum.

Oct 4, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Survey: Canadian TV Showrunners & Writers on New Cancon Requirements by Bridget Liszewski

Creative speak about the impact of the CRTC loosening the points system for gaining access to production funding.

Sep 30, 2016 — News Article

How the CRTC is like House of Cards by Kevin Tierney

Columnist says that at its noblest, the CRTC has acted on behalf of Canadian citizens on all kinds of deregulations, most recently “unbundling” the cable TV packages that had us paying a lot of dough for access to networks we did not want to see.

Sep 30, 2016 — News Article

How the CRTC is like House of Cards by Kevin Tierney

Columnist says that at its noblest, the CRTC has acted on behalf of Canadian citizens on all kinds of deregulations, most recently “unbundling” the cable TV packages that had us paying a lot of dough for access to networks we did not want to see.

Sep 26, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister says she will not reverse Cancon rules for TV industry by Ian Bailey

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s TV production sector, alarmed at new CRTC regulations that reduce the need to hire Canadians to obtain funding, should not count on her for any immediate help to reverse the situation.