Speech from the Throne:
regulation of online broadcasters more urgent than ever for culture and media in Canada
Montreal, September 20, 2020–On the eve of a new parliamentary session in the House of Commons, the Coalition for Culture and Media (CCM) is asking the Federal government to table, legislative measures in the coming weeks, ensuring the application of Canadian regulations to all digital platforms.
Although encouraged by recent statements from the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the CCM reiterates that it is necessary to enact regulations, as quickly as possible, to oblige the Internet giants and online listeningin Canada to contribute to the creationof Canadian content in both official languages, for the benefit of our culture and our society. Regulation of foreign online servicesis essential to restoring fairnesswith our conventionalbroadcasters (radio and television) who are required to invest in Canadian music and audiovisual productions. We must also ensure that that the Internet giants applythe GST/HST to online services offered in Canada.
The CCM is adding its voice to that of the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel, which noted the urgent need for action on both these fronts. The panel, which presented its report to the Federal government last January, advocatedestablishing a registration mechanism for foreign companies offering online cultural content,and giving the CRTC greater powers to supervise their activities in Canada.
The COVID-19 crisis is hitting artists and cultural industries hard, and doubly so by accelerating the adoption of new ways to access culture and information, a situation that exacerbates the regulatory inequity resulting from the government's inaction in the face of the digital revolution. While the big globalized online platforms have seen their customers, revenues and value skyrocket in recent months, most sectors of activity linked to culture have been weakened by the health crisis.