TV and Radio



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About TV and Radio in Canada

Canada needs a strong and diverse broadcasting system. We work to ensure that Canadians have access to high-quality Canadian programming in two ways:

  • Each part of the broadcasting system must contribute to creating and presenting Canadian programming;
  • Broadcasting distributors must make carrying Canadian TV programming services a priority.

CRTC rules ensure that most of the programming services offered by cable and satellite companies are Canadian.

Key television policies

What's coming up?

Hearing on TV licences renewals

The CRTC published a notice of consultation that launched the renewal process for television licences owned by large ownership groups. The public hearing to review the applications from the French-language ownership groups, namely Bell, Corus, Québecor and Groupe V, will begin on November 22, 2016, in Laval, Quebec. The public hearing to review the applications from the English-language ownership groups, namely Bell, Corus and Rogers, will begin on November 28, 2016, in Gatineau, Quebec.

Television Service Provider Code

The CRTC has published the Television Service Provider Code under which cable and satellite companies are required to provide clear information about promotional offers and an advance notice when prices to their services are changed. The Television Service Provider Code will become mandatory on September 1, 2017 and will be administered by the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services.