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Broadcasting Act

Version of section 5 from 2023-04-27 to 2024-04-01:


Marginal note:Objects

  •  (1) Subject to this Act and the Radiocommunication Act and to any directions to the Commission issued by the Governor in Council under this Act, the Commission shall regulate and supervise all aspects of the Canadian broadcasting system with a view to implementing the broadcasting policy set out in subsection 3(1) and, in so doing, shall have regard to the regulatory policy set out in subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:Regulatory policy

    (2) The Canadian broadcasting system should be regulated and supervised in a flexible manner that

    • (a) takes into account the different characteristics of English, French and Indigenous language broadcasting and the different conditions under which broadcasting undertakings that provide English, French or Indigenous language programming operate — including the minority context of French in North America — and the specific needs and interests of official language minority communities in Canada and of Indigenous peoples;

    • (a.1) takes into account the nature and diversity of the services provided by broadcasting undertakings, as well as their size, their impact on the Canadian creation and production industry, particularly with respect to employment in Canada and Canadian programming, their contribution to the implementation of the broadcasting policy set out in subsection 3(1) and any other characteristic that may be relevant in the circumstances;

    • (a.2) ensures that any broadcasting undertaking that cannot make maximum or predominant use of Canadian creative and other human resources in the creation, production and presentation of programming contributes to those Canadian resources in an equitable manner;

    • (b) takes into account regional needs and concerns;

    • (c) promotes innovation and is readily adaptable to scientific and technological change;

    • (d) facilitates the provision of broadcasting to Canadians;

    • (e) facilitates the provision to Canadians of Canadian programs created and produced in both official languages, including those created and produced by official language minority communities in Canada, as well as in Indigenous languages;

    • (e.1) facilitates the provision of programs that are accessible without barriers to persons with disabilities;

    • (e.2) facilitates the provision to Canadians of programs created and produced by members of Black or other racialized communities;

    • (f) does not inhibit the development of information technologies and their application or the delivery of resultant services to Canadians;

    • (g) is sensitive to the administrative burden that, as a consequence of such regulation and supervision, may be imposed on persons carrying on broadcasting undertakings;

    • (g.1) protects the privacy of individuals who are members of the audience for programs broadcast by broadcasting undertakings; and

    • (h) takes into account the variety of broadcasting undertakings to which this Act applies and avoids imposing obligations on any class of broadcasting undertakings if that imposition will not contribute in a material manner to the implementation of the broadcasting policy set out in subsection 3(1).

  • Marginal note:Conflict

    (3) The Commission shall give primary consideration to the objectives of the broadcasting policy set out in subsection 3(1) if, in any particular matter before the Commission, a conflict arises between those objectives and the objectives of the regulatory policy set out in subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:Employment equity

    (4) Where a broadcasting undertaking is subject to the Employment Equity Act, the powers granted to the Commission under this Act do not extend to the regulation or supervision of matters concerning employment equity in relation to that broadcasting undertaking.

  • 1991, c. 11, s. 5
  • 1995, c. 44, s. 46
  • 2023, c. 8, s. 5

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