Pass C-11 and protect our cultural sovereignty and Canadian storytelling
Canada’s Broadcasting Act has not been updated in over 30 years. Not a single change to the policies that impact how stories are told and who gets to tell them since the internet was first created.
Meanwhile, foreign streaming services like Netflix, Disney and Google have effectively been crashing on our cultural couch for the last decade, earning billions from Canadian subscribers yet paying nothing towards the systems and structures that protect our cultural sovereignty and allow diverse Canadian storytelling to thrive.
That’s what bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, seeks to correct. No more free rides.
Those who benefit from Canada’s cultural sector must contribute to it.
The bill is almost over the finish line. It was supported by most MPs in the House of Commons. It is now with the Senate who have the power to make key amendments to ensure our Canadian cultural sovereignty and identity are protected through the creation, production and promotion of diverse Canadian stories.
This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to force foreign tech giants to pay their fair share towards Canadian stories.
Help us protect our cultural sovereignty and promote Canadian storytelling for generations to come.
Tell Senators to pass C-11.