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CRTC's "Future of Programming in Canada"

December 15, 2017

In October the CRTC called for comments on "the future of audio and video programming in Canada." The WGC responded with an in depth submission, which you can view on the WGC website here. Some members made individual comments at the CRTC’s website as well, viewable here. The CRTC’s call for comments was a result of Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s "Creative Canada" announcement in September, which included the government’s intention to review the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act. The government asked that the CRTC report on how the broadcasting system is evolving, and as part of that process the CRTC asked for comments from Canadians.
Now the CRTC has announced the second phase of “The Future of Audio and Video Programming in Canada: What Will Come Next?” As part of this phase the Commission has provided a useful reference document that demonstrates how Canadians currently access content. It’s a good (and largely visual) overview of the current reality of Canadians' consumption of both traditional and digital media. 
The WGC will prepare a response to the second phase in time for the Jan. 31, 2018 deadline. Once again, the CRTC seeks individual Canadians' feedback as well, stating it will help them to “provide advice and guidance to the Department of Canadian Heritage.” Interested parties will find that call for comments here. As well, in January the CRTC intends to release a survey in order to better understand what Canadians value most in content, and in how they consume it. 

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