The Broadcasting Act was last amended in 1991, but even though the internet was not front of mind back then, the law was written in a very flexible way that accommodates technological change.
The 1991 Act allowed the CRTC to govern streaming services like Netflix but the CRTC declined to do so. As a result, streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ and Spotify have been allowed to make billions of dollars in Canada without having to contribute to the creation of Canadian stories.
This new Act was supposed to eliminate ambiguity and bring foreign internet broadcasters into our system once and for all, but it doesn't. Here's our take.