Broadcasting Distribution Regulations (SOR/97-555)

Regulations are current to 2014-10-15 and last amended on 2014-09-17. Previous Versions

  •  (1) Except as otherwise provided under a condition of its licence, a licensee shall devote not less than 60% of the programming distributed on the community channel in the licensed area in each broadcast week to the distribution of local community television programming.

  • (2) Except as otherwise provided under a condition of its licence, a licensee

    • (a) shall devote at least the following percentages of the programming distributed on the community channel in each broadcast week to community access television programming:

      • (i) 35% for the broadcast year beginning on September 1, 2011 and ending on August 31, 2012,

      • (ii) 40% for the broadcast year beginning on September 1, 2012 and ending on August 31, 2013,

      • (iii) 45% for the broadcast year beginning on September 1, 2013 and ending on August 31, 2014, and

      • (iv) 50% for each successive broadcast year beginning on September 1, 2014;

    • (b) shall, on or before August 31, 2014, devote a further percentage up to a total of 50% of the programming distributed on the community channel in each broadcast week to community access television programming, according to requests;

    • (c) shall, if one or more community television corporations are in operation in a licensed area, make available to them up to 20% of the programming distributed on the community channel in each broadcast week for community access television programming; and

    • (d) shall, if one or more community television corporations are in operation in a licensed area, make available to each of them, on request, not less than four hours of community access television programming in each broadcast week.

  • (3) The time allocated to the distribution of alphanumeric message services is excluded from the calculation of the programming requirement under this section.

  • SOR/2001-75, s. 8;
  • SOR/2003-29, s. 3;
  • SOR/2011-148, s. 8.
  •  (1) In this section, “programming-related expense” means an expenditure for the creation of programming, including

    • (a) expenditures on volunteer training and volunteer program development and community outreach, but excluding expenditures related to technology, sales, promotion and administration as well as general expenses; and

    • (b) expenditures related to the acquisition of programming produced by community-based digital undertakings, community-based low-power television stations or community television corporations.

  • (2) Except as otherwise provided under a condition of its licence, a licensee shall direct to community access programming at least the following percentages of its programming-related expenses:

    • (a) 35% for the broadcast year beginning on September 1, 2011 and ending on August 31, 2012;

    • (b) 40% for the broadcast year beginning on September 1, 2012 and ending on August 31, 2013;

    • (c) 45% for the broadcast year beginning on September 1, 2013 and ending on August 31, 2014; and

    • (d) 50% for each successive broadcast year beginning on September 1, 2014.

  • (3) Except in the final year of the term of its licence, a licensee may defer up to 5% of the amount of programming-related expenses required to be directed in respect of a given broadcast year under subsection (2) to the following broadcast year.

  • SOR/2001-334, s. 4;
  • SOR/2003-217, s. 18;
  • SOR/2011-148, s. 8.