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Magazines Canada’s Submission to the Federal Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review

To ensure that Canadians continue to benefit from an open and innovative Internet, the Government of Canada has appointed an external Panel to review Canada’s communication legislative framework. The review will examine issues such as telecommunications and content creation in the digital age, net neutrality and cultural diversity, and how to strengthen the future of Canadian media and Canadian content creation.

The Panel is composed of members who reflect a diversity of expertise and perspectives and a balance of sectors, language and gender. They have been tasked to study the Broadcasting Act, the Telecommunications Act and the Radiocommunication Act and to make recommendations to the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, who is responsible for the Telecommunications Act and the Radiocommunication Act, and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, who is responsible for the Broadcasting Act. During the course of this work, the Panel will consult industry, creators and Canadians, including those from Indigenous and official-language minority communities.

While the thrust of the review is aimed at players in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, Magazines Canada believes this is nevertheless an opportunity for the association to be heard on an important policy topic that affects our sector as it relates to the creation, production and discovery of Canadian content on digital platforms. Our thanks and appreciation go to former President of St. Joseph Media Inc. and Magazines Canada past-Chair, Doug Knight, who wrote Magazines Canada’s submission.

The Panel will present its final report to the federal government by January 31, 2020.

Magazines Canada members can read the submission via our Resource Centre (member login required).

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