Canadian Heritage promotes digital inclusion -publishing new regulatory framework for online streaming

The CRTC is working to regulate digital platforms and services to ensure equal treatment and fairness for foreign and Canadian enterprises.

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The Department of Canadian Heritage has drafted a policy direction to support the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in developing a new regulatory framework for the Online Streaming Act, emphasising the regulation of digital platforms and services to ensure fair requirements and equal treatment of foreign and Canadian enterprises. Collaboration with other regulatory agencies is encouraged to enhance efficiency and reduce burdens.

In establishing Canadian programming, the Commission considers the perspectives of Canadians, the creative and production industries, and experts while prioritising inclusivity. However, content created by social media makers should be excluded from regulation. Furthermore, it aims to promote meaningful engagement with black and other racial communities and equity organisations in program development, accessibility, and disclosure. Additionally, it seeks to increase the participation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis creators in the broadcasting system and improve program accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

The Commission has extended the intervention submission and reply submission deadlines to 11 July and 26 July, respectively, and a hearing is scheduled for 20 November in Gatineau.