The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is mandated under the Broadcasting Act to regulate and supervise Canada’s broadcasting system. The CRTC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Section 3 of the Broadcasting Act outlines Canada’s broadcasting policy. Among other objectives, the Act requires that each element of the broadcasting system shall contribute in an appropriate manner to the creation and presentation of Canadian programming. The Act also requires that the programming provided by broadcasters should include a significant contribution from the Canadian independent production sector.
Whenever a Canadian broadcaster competes for a new television licence, applies for a licence renewal, or make a new acquisition, it must apply to the CRTC for approval. The Commission also regularly initiates policy proceedings.
The CMPA intervenes in these proceedings to give the regulatory body the perspective of Canadian independent producers.
August 16, 2016
The Canadian Media Producers Association’s Comments Respecting Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225: Renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups
Februrary 18, 2016
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-22: Application by Shaw Communications Inc. (SCI) on behalf of Shaw Media Inc. and its licensed subsidiaries (SMI), for authority to effect a multi-step intra-corporate reorganization by transferring all the voting shares of SMI to Corus Entertainment Inc. or one of its subsidiaries (Corus).
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