Canadian Content in a Digital World: Assessing Policy Options

In April 2016, Canada’s Heritage Ministry launched a review to overhaul Canadian cultural policies for the first time in decades. The impetus? To bring Canada into the digital age. Public consultations with consumers and content creators intend to modernize Canada’s cultural properties, everything from the Broadcast Act to the Telecommunications Act to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission. Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly is willing to modify the mandate of the CBC and create new laws or agencies, if necessary. It’s the kind of overhaul that hasn’t been attempted in 25 years. If we accept the need for Canadian Content promotion, how should the government adjust regulations and funding models to account for digital consumption?

Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He is a syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Globe and Mail. He is one of the leading Canadian experts on Copyright and on Digital Media, and pens an excellent blog:

Meghan Sali is a Communications Specialist with OpenMedia, a non-partisan Vancouver-based advocacy organization seeking to engage, educate, and empower people to safeguard the internet. OpenMedia works to keep the internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free.

Ferne Downey  is the National President of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and the President of the International Federation of Actors. As an actor, she has also worked in radio, television, film and theatre over the past 35 years. ACTRA represents 23,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA lobbies tirelessly for regulation and government policies that protect Canadian culture and encourage audio-visual production in all genres.

Ali Nasser Virji, Host
Macrina Smart, Producer
Julia Chan & Ian T.D. Thomson, Technical Producers
Samira Basir, Executive Producer

Music Credits
Friends/Pals by T. Nautilus
The Magician by Andy Shauf

Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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