Press release

Nov 03, 2020

CMPA welcomes important legislation to modernize Canada’s Broadcasting Act

OTTAWA, November 3, 2020—The Canadian Media Producers Association today issued the following statement on behalf of its President and CEO, Reynolds Mastin:

We congratulate Minister Guilbeault for the tabling of the Broadcast Modernization Act earlier today. This is important legislation that will address the monumental shifts that have occurred in the marketplace since the Broadcasting Act was last updated, nearly 30 years ago.

In particular, we applaud the government’s intent to bring online broadcasters – which includes some of the world’s largest global technology companies – into Canada’s legislative and regulatory system. Given their ability to access domestic audiences and generate significant Canadian revenues, these tech giants must be required to contribute to the production of Canadian programming.

We further welcome the government’s commitment to support producers from communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in Canada’s media landscape and are pleased to see the government recognize the importance of Canadian ownership of intellectual property. IP is the new currency of the global economy and we must ensure Canadian producers from all backgrounds are well-positioned to compete on the world stage.

The CMPA looks forward to working with parliamentarians in support of passing this important legislation.

– Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA


The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production, and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema, and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences.

For more information:

Kyle O’Byrne
Manager, Media Relations & Communications, CMPA