The Canadian government is advancing the Online Streaming Act into a new phase of regulations that will require any and all major streaming platforms to register with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and follow new rules to be outlined in the coming weeks. This will likely include platforms like YouTube, Netflix, TikTok, Spotify, Rumble, and X.
It vaguely aims to “modernize Canada’s broadcasting framework” and “ensure online streaming services make meaningful contributions to Canadian and Indigenous content.” The Act will define streaming platforms as entities under the “broadcast” umbrella term, giving the Canadian government regulatory powers over them, including the right to impose rules, gather information, and enforce non-compliance penalties.
Today, we are taking a major step forward to modernize Canada's broadcasting system!
Following broad consultations, we are releasing our first 2 decisions, including which online streaming services must register with us.
Learn more: https://t.co/PZyolvnIkp#C11 pic.twitter.com/czepf2r6Vr
— CRTCeng (@CRTCeng) September 29, 2023
The Act includes a proposed rule that would force content to be available in “English, French, and Indigenous languages.” There are also hints that diversity quotas and multicultural requirements are on the way, as well as the wide-reaching goal of reforming the broadcasting system to make it “more inclusive of persons with disabilities, ethno-cultural groups, racialized communities, and 2SLGBTQI+ communities.”
CRTC has already announced its first two decisions: to demand registration from any streaming service that makes $10 million or more, and to set conditions for streaming services that will force them to provide information about their content and subscribership. Platforms will also have to pledge to not make their content exclusive to any specific device or “internet service.”
CRTC is planning to host a consultation with 129 intervenors to hear from them about what regulations they would like to impose on broadcasters and online streaming services.
The CRTC now wants to regulate podcasts.
Here is my simple message to them.
Go to hell. https://t.co/NE4SbIJIPw
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) September 29, 2023
Trudeau is trying to crush free speech in Canada. Shameful. https://t.co/oHFFvyBGxu
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 1, 2023