Our Priorities

Canadian Storytelling

Our neighbours south of the border have never, and will never have to worry about preserving their cultural identity. They are the most prolific and influential producers of audio-visual content in the world and, with that, comes the safety and privilege of knowing that your stories will always be told – and told the loudest.

That shadow looms large over the border and it’s why it’s so essential that we protect our homegrown stories. Stories that help shape our identity and give us a better appreciation for who we are and where we come from.

At Friends of Canadian Media, we are working hard to create a cultural ecosystem that preserves the rights and interests of Canadian storytellers and empowers them to tell distinctly Canadian stories.

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Friends of Canadian Media made a series of submissions to the CRTC as part of the CRTC’s first step towards the implementation of the Online Streaming Act. Our primary areas of focus were:

  • That foreign online undertakings should provide a 5% contribution to original Canadian content as soon as possible and, importantly, the existing commitments of licensed Canadian broadcasters should remain status quo.
  • That 2% of the 5% must go to the priority areas of local television and radio news.
  • That urgent funding be provided to support Indigenous programming and programming from equity-seeking groups with 1% of the 5% being directed to these initiatives.

Read our Initial Submission here.

Read our Reply Submission here.

Read our Final Submission here.

In December 2023, Friends of Canadian Media’s Executive Director, Marla Boltman, appeared at the CRTC’s public hearing on the development of a regulatory framework regarding contributions to support Canadian and Indigenous content.

In December 2023, Friends of Canadian Media’s Executive Director, Marla Boltman, appeared at the CRTC’s public hearing on the development of a regulatory framework regarding contributions to support Canadian and Indigenous content.

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In July 2023, Friends of Canadian Media submitted proposed amendments to the Order Issuing Directions to the CRTC by the department of Canadian Heritage. Our primary areas of focus were:

  • urgent need for contributions from foreign online undertakings
  • contributions be directed to priority areas such as news
  • importance of Canadian cultural sovereignty

Read the full submission.

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