Discretionary Services Regulations (SOR/2017-159)

Regulations are current to 2017-10-13 and last amended on 2017-09-01. Previous Versions

Political Broadcasts

Marginal note:Obligation — allocation of broadcasting time
  •  (1) If, during an election period, a licensee provides time on its programming service for the broadcast of programs, advertisements or announcements of a partisan political character, the licensee shall allocate the time on an equitable basis to all accredited political parties and rival candidates represented in the election or referendum.

  • Marginal note:Definition of election period

    (2) In subsection (1), election period means

    • (a) in the case of a federal or provincial election or a federal, provincial or municipal referendum, the period that begins on the day on which the announcement of the election or referendum is made and that ends on the day on which the election or referendum is held; or

    • (b) in the case of a municipal election, the period that begins two months before the day on which the election is to be held and that ends on the day on which the election is held.

Non-Disclosure

Marginal note:Non-disclosure obligation — distribution of programming services
  •  (1) A licensee whose programming services are distributed by a licensed distribution undertaking or that is negotiating terms of carriage with such an undertaking for its programming services, including new programming services, shall sign and provide to the licensee of the distribution undertaking an agreement that

    • (a) reproduces the CRTC non-disclosure provisions; and

    • (b) contains its consent to comply with the CRTC non-disclosure provisions for the benefit of the licensee of the distribution undertaking.

  • Marginal note:Non-disclosure obligation — broadcasting of programs

    (2) A licensee whose programs are broadcast by a licensed video-on-demand undertaking or that is negotiating terms of carriage with such an undertaking for its programs shall sign and provide to the licensee of the video-on-demand undertaking an agreement that

    • (a) reproduces the CRTC non-disclosure provisions; and

    • (b) contains its consent to comply with the CRTC non-disclosure provisions for the benefit of the licensee of the video-on-demand undertaking.

  • Marginal note:Definition of CRTC non-disclosure provisions

    (3) In this section, CRTC non-disclosure provisions means the non-disclosure provisions set out in the appendix to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2013-578, dated October 31, 2013 and entitled Standard clauses for non-disclosure agreements.

Logs and Records

Marginal note:Obligations — log or record
  •  (1) Except as otherwise provided under a condition of its licence, a licensee shall

    • (a) keep a program log or record of its programming in a form that is acceptable to the Commission;

    • (b) retain the log or record for a period of one year after the day on which the programming was distributed;

    • (c) cause the following information to be entered in the log or record each day:

      • (i) the date,

      • (ii) an identification of the licensee or the service provided by the licensee,

      • (iii) the time at which advertising material that it broadcasts in a break within a program or between programs begins, its duration and, in the case of a commercial message, the name of the person that is selling or promoting goods, services, natural resources or activities,

      • (iv) in relation to each program other than a music video clip,

        • (A) its title and any additional information that is to be included in accordance with the appropriate subitem of Schedule 1,

        • (B) the key figure that describes the program,

        • (C) the time at which the program begins and ends,

        • (D) if applicable, the code set out in column 1 of Part A, C or D of Schedule 2 that indicates the language, type or group of the program described in column 2,

        • (E) if applicable, the code set out in column 1 of Part B of Schedule 2 that indicates the accessibility of the program described in column 2, and

        • (F) if it is required by a condition of the licence, a brief description of the content of the program,

      • (v) in relation to each music video clip,

        • (A) the title of the clip,

        • (B) the name of and language used by the performer,

        • (C) an indication as to whether the clip is a Canadian music video clip, as defined in section V of Appendix I to Public Notice 2000-42, dated March 17, 2000, entitled Certification for Canadian Programs — A revised approach,

        • (D) the key figure that describes the clip, and

        • (E) if applicable, the code set out in column 1 of Part B of Schedule 2 that indicates the accessibility of the clip described in column 2, and

      • (vi) if the licensee distributes its programming in a multi-hour block, the time at which each block begins and ends; and

    • (d) within 30 days after the last day of each month, provide to the Commission the log or record of its programming for the month and a certificate attesting to the accuracy of the contents of the log or record.

  • Marginal note:If more than one subitem applies

    (2) For the purposes of clauses (1)(c)(iv)(B) and (1)(c)(v)(D), if more than one subitem of Schedule 1 applies to the program, a licensee may, in respect of that program, cause to be entered in its program log or record the key figures indicating the subitems that apply to each segment of the program, in the order in which the segments are distributed, and the starting time and duration of each segment of the program.

  • Marginal note:Obligation to keep recording of programming

    (3) A licensee shall retain a clear and intelligible audio-visual recording of all of its programming

    • (a) for a period of four weeks after the day on which the programming is distributed; or

    • (b) for a period of eight weeks after the day on which the programming is distributed, if the Commission receives a complaint from a person regarding any programming, or for any other reason wishes to investigate the programming, and notifies the licensee of the investigation before the end of the four-week period.

  • Marginal note:Obligation to provide recording to Commission

    (4) If the Commission requests a clear and intelligible audio-visual recording of a licensee’s programming from the licensee before the end of the applicable period referred to in paragraph (3)(a) or (b), the licensee shall, without delay, provide the recording to the Commission.

Requests for Information

Marginal note:Obligation to file statement of accounts
  •  (1) On or before November 30 of each year, a licensee shall file with the Commission, on the annual return form issued by the Commission, a statement of accounts for the previous broadcast year.

  • Marginal note:Obligation to respond to complaint or request

    (2) At the Commission’s request, a licensee shall respond to

    • (a) a complaint or request for resolution of a dispute filed by a person or a request for information regarding the programming that is originated by or is distributed by the licensee or regarding the licensee’s technical operations, subscribership, financial affairs or ownership; and

    • (b) a request for information regarding the licensee’s adherence to the conditions of its licence, the Act, these Regulations, industry standards, practices or codes or any other self-regulatory mechanism of the industry.

Transfer of Ownership or Control

Marginal note:Definitions
  •  (1) The following definitions apply in this section.

    associate

    associate, when used to indicate a relationship with a person, includes

    • (a) a partner of the person;

    • (b) a trust or an estate in which the person has a substantial beneficial interest or in which the person serves as a trustee or in a similar capacity;

    • (c) the person’s spouse or common-law partner;

    • (d) a child of the person or of their spouse or common-law partner, including a child adopted in fact by the person, spouse or common-law partner;

    • (e) the spouse or common-law partner of the child;

    • (f) a relative of the person, or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner, if that relative has the same residence as the person;

    • (g) a corporation of which the person alone has, or the person together with one or more associates described in this definition have, directly or indirectly, control of 50% or more of the voting interests;

    • (h) a corporation of which an associate, as described in this definition, of the person has, directly or indirectly, control of 50% or more of the voting interests; and

    • (i) a person with which the person has entered into an arrangement, a contract, an understanding or an agreement in respect of the voting of shares of a licensee corporation or of a corporation that has, directly or indirectly, effective control of a licensee corporation, except when that person controls less than 1% of all issued voting shares of a corporation whose shares are publicly traded on a stock exchange. (lien)

    common-law partner

    common-law partner means an individual who is cohabiting with a person in a conjugal relationship having done so for a period of at least one year. (conjoint de fait)

    common shares

    common shares means the shares that represent the residual equity in the earnings of a corporation, and includes securities that are convertible into such shares at any time at the option of the holder and the preferred shares to which are attached rights to participate in the earnings of the corporation with no upper limit. (actions ordinaires)

    person

    person includes an individual, partnership, joint venture, association, corporation, trust, estate, trustee, executor or administrator, or a legal representative of any of them. (personne)

    voting interest

    voting interest, in respect of

    • (a) a corporation with share capital, means the vote attached to a voting share;

    • (b) a corporation without share capital, means an interest that entitles the owner to voting rights similar to those enjoyed by the owner of a voting share;

    • (c) a partnership, trust, association or joint venture, means an ownership interest in its assets that entitles the owner to receive a share of its profits, to receive a share of its assets on dissolution and to participate directly in its management or to vote on the election of the persons that are to be entrusted with the power and responsibility to manage it; and

    • (d) a not-for-profit partnership, trust, association or joint venture, means a right that entitles the owner to participate directly in its management or to vote on the election of the persons that are to be entrusted with the power and responsibility to manage it. (intérêt avec droit de vote)

    voting share

    voting share means a share in the capital of a corporation to which one or more votes are attached that are exercisable at meetings of shareholders of the corporation, either under all circumstances or under a circumstance that has occurred and is continuing, and includes a security that is convertible into such a share at any time at the option of the holder. (action avec droit de vote)

  • Marginal note:Control of voting interest

    (2) For the purposes of this section, control of a voting interest by a person includes situations in which

    • (a) the person is, directly or indirectly, the beneficial owner of the voting interest; or

    • (b) the person, by means of an arrangement, contract, understanding or agreement, determines the manner in which the interest is voted but the solicitation of proxies or the seeking of instructions with respect to the completion of proxies in respect of the exercise of voting interests is not considered to be such an arrangement, contract, understanding or agreement.

  • Marginal note:Effective control of licensee

    (3) For the purposes of this section, effective control of a licensee or its undertaking includes situations in which

    • (a) a person controls a majority of the voting interests of the licensee directly or indirectly, other than by way of security only;

    • (b) a person has the ability to cause the licensee or its board of directors to take a course of action; or

    • (c) the Commission, after a public hearing of an application for a licence or in respect of an existing licence, determines that a person has effective control of the licensee or its undertaking and sets that determination out in a decision or public notice.

  • Marginal note:Obligation to obtain Commission’s prior approval

    (4) Except as otherwise provided under a condition of its licence, a licensee shall obtain the Commission’s prior approval of any act, transaction or agreement that, directly or indirectly, would result in

    • (a) a change by any means of the effective control of its undertaking;

    • (b) a person that alone

      • (i) controls less than 30% of the voting interests of the licensee having control of 30% or more of those interests,

      • (ii) controls less than 30% of the voting interests of a person that has, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee having control of 30% or more of those interests,

      • (iii) owns less than 50% of the issued common shares of the licensee owning 50% or more of those shares but not having, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee, or

      • (iv) owns less than 50% of the issued common shares of a person that has, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee owning 50% or more of those shares but not having, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee; or

    • (c) a person together with an associate

      • (i) that control less than 30% of the voting interests of the licensee having control of 30% or more of those interests,

      • (ii) that control less than 30% of the voting interests of a person that has, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee having control of 30% or more of those interests,

      • (iii) that own less than 50% of the issued common shares of the licensee owning 50% or more of those shares but not having, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee, or

      • (iv) that own less than 50% of the issued common shares of a person that has, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee owning 50% or more of those shares but not having, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee.

  • Marginal note:Obligation to notify Commission

    (5) A licensee shall notify the Commission, within 30 days after the day on which the act or transaction occurs or the agreement is entered into, of the occurrence of any act or transaction or the entry into any agreement that, directly or indirectly, results in

    • (a) a person that alone

      • (i) controls less than 20% of the voting interests of the licensee having control of 20% or more but less than 30% of those interests,

      • (ii) controls less than 20% of the voting interests of a person that has, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee having control of 20% or more but less than 30% of those interests,

      • (iii) controls less than 40% of the voting interests of the licensee having control of 40% or more but less than 50% of those interests but not having, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee, or

      • (iv) controls less than 40% of the voting interests of a person that has, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee having control of 40% or more but less than 50% of those interests but not having, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee; or

    • (b) a person together with an associate

      • (i) that control less than 20% of the voting interests of the licensee having control of 20% or more but less than 30% of those interests,

      • (ii) that control less than 20% of the voting interests of a person that has, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee having control of 20% or more but less than 30% of those interests,

      • (iii) that control less than 40% of the voting interests of the licensee having control of 40% or more but less than 50% of those interests but not having, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee, or

      • (iv) that control less than 40% of the voting interests of a person that has, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee, having control of 40% or more but less than 50% of those interests but not having, directly or indirectly, effective control of the licensee.

  • Marginal note:Content of notification

    (6) The notification is to contain the following information:

    • (a) the name of the person and, if applicable, of the associate;

    • (b) the percentage of the voting interests controlled by the person or by the person and the associate; and

    • (c) a complete description of the act, transaction or agreement or a copy of the transaction or agreement.

 
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