CRTC Delays Online Streaming Act Implementation to Late 2025

CRTC, Online Streaming Act, Bill C-11, Canadian content, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Prime, regulatory framework, consultations

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced a delay in implementing the Online Streaming Act, also known as Bill C-11, until late 2025. This Act aims to ensure that online platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Spotify promote and help fund Canadian TV, film, and music content.

The CRTC will begin rolling out the new regulatory framework in late 2025, as reported by the Globe and Mail. At that time, the commission will also finalize the financial contributions required from online platforms to support Canadian and Indigenous content.

From December 2025 to March 2026, the CRTC will conduct consultations on inclusion and diversity. In spring 2026, further consultations will focus on making CRTC proceedings more understandable and efficient. The CRTC plans to publish a list of registered online streaming services and decide on initial financial contributions by this summer.

By next spring, the CRTC will consult on the definition of Canadian content for TV and online programming, a crucial aspect of determining which content will be promoted and financially supported. The CRTC aims to make decisions throughout the consultation process rather than waiting until the end, with the core features of the new broadcasting framework set to be completed by 2026.

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