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Television Broadcasting Regulations, 1987 (SOR/87-49)

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Television Broadcasting Regulations, 1987



Registration 1987-01-09

Regulations Respecting Television Broadcasting

Whereas a copy of proposed Regulations respecting television broadcasting, substantially in the form annexed hereto, was published in the Canada Gazette Part I on August 9, 1986 and a reasonable opportunity was thereby afforded to licensees and other interested persons to make representations with respect hereto;

Therefore, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, pursuant to subsection 16(1) of the Broadcasting Act, hereby revokes sections 5 to 7 and 9 to 24 and Schedules I and II of the Television Broadcasting Regulations, C.R.C., c. 381, effective January 9, 1987, and sections 1 to 4 and 8 of the said Regulations, effective October 1, 1987, and makes the annexed Regulations respecting television broadcasting, effective January 9, 1987.

Hull, Quebec, January 9, 1987

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Television Broadcasting Regulations, 1987.


 In these Regulations,


Act means the Broadcasting Act; (Loi)

advertising material

advertising material means any commercial message and programming that promotes a station, network or program, but does not include

  • (a) a station or network identification,

  • (b) the announcement of an upcoming program that is voiced over credits,

  • (c) a program that consists exclusively of classified announcements, if the program is broadcast not more than once during a broadcast day and has a duration of not more than one hour, or

  • (d) a promotion for a Canadian program or a Canadian feature film, notwithstanding that a sponsor is identified in the title of the program or the film or is identified as a sponsor of that program or that film, where the identification is limited to the name of the sponsor only and does not include a description, representation or attribute of the sponsor’s products or services; (matériel publicitaire)

affiliation agreement

affiliation agreement means an agreement between one or more stations and another party according to which programs provided by the other party will be broadcast by the stations at a predetermined time; (contrat d’affiliation)

alcoholic beverage

alcoholic beverage, in respect of a commercial message, means an alcoholic beverage the sale of which is regulated by the law of the province in which the commercial message is broadcast; (boisson alcoolisée)


baseband means signals in the frequency range 0 to 120 kHz that are used as input to the sound transmitter of a station; (bande de base)

broadcast day

broadcast day, in respect of a licensee, means the period of up to 18 consecutive hours, beginning each day not earlier than six o’clock in the morning and ending not later than one o’clock in the morning of the following day, as selected by the licensee; (journée de radiodiffusion)

broadcast month

broadcast month, in respect of a licensee, means the total number of hours devoted by the licensee to broadcasting during the aggregate of the broadcast days in a month; (mois de radiodiffusion)

broadcast year

broadcast year, in respect of a licensee, means the total number of hours devoted by the licensee to broadcasting during the aggregate of the broadcast months in a 12 month period, beginning on September 1 in any year; (année de radiodiffusion)

Canadian program

Canadian program means a program

  • (a) in respect of which a Canadian film or video production certificate, as defined in subsection 125.4(1) of the Income Tax Act, has been issued; or

  • (b) that qualifies as a Canadian program in accordance with the criteria established by the Commission in

    • (i) Appendix II to Public Notice CRTC 2000-42 entitled Certification for Canadian Programs — A revised approach,

    • (ii) the Appendix to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-905 entitled Revision of the definition of a Canadian program to include Canadian programs that have been dubbed in Canada and outside Canada, or

    • (iii) paragraphs 128 to 130 of Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-86 entitled Let’s Talk TV: The way forward – Creating compelling and diverse Canadian programming; (émission canadienne)

classified announcement

classified announcement means an advertisement respecting goods or services offered or sought by a person not engaged in the business of dealing in those goods or services; (petites annonces)

clock hour

clock hour means a period of 60 minutes beginning on each hour and ending immediately prior to the next hour; (heure d’horloge)

commercial message

commercial message means an advertisement intended to sell or promote goods, services, natural resources or activities, including an advertisement that mentions or displays in a list of prizes the name of the person selling or promoting the goods, services, natural resources or activities, and that is broadcast in a break within a program or between programs; (message publicitaire)

election period

election period means

  • (a) in the case of a federal or provincial election or of a federal, provincial or municipal referendum, the period beginning on the date of the announcement of the election or referendum and ending on the date the election or referendum is held, or

  • (b) in the case of a municipal election, the period beginning two months before the date of the election and ending on the date the election is held; (période électorale)

ethnic program

ethnic program means a program in any language that is specifically directed toward any culturally or racially distinct group, other than one whose heritage is Aboriginal Canadian, from France, or from the British Isles; (émission à caractère ethnique)

ethnic station

ethnic station means a station that is licensed as an ethnic station; (station à caractère ethnique)

exempt distribution undertaking

exempt distribution undertaking means a distribution undertaking whose operator is, by order of the Commission made under subsection 9(4) of the Act, exempt from any or all of the requirements of Part II of the Act; (entreprise de distribution exemptée)


licensed means licensed by the Commission under paragraph 9(1)(b) of the Act; (autorisé)


licensee means a station operator or a network operator; (titulaire)

locally relevant

locally relevant means of interest to the community or market served; (pertinence locale)

multiplex channel

multiplex channel means a frequency band centred at 102.27 kHz in the baseband containing a frequency modulated subcarrier; (canal multiplexe)

network operator

network operator means a person licensed to carry on a television network; (exploitant de réseau)

official contour

official contour means a service contour marked for a licensed television station on the map most recently published pursuant to the Department of Communications Act by the Minister of Communications pertaining to that station; (périmètre de rayonnement officiel)

private licence

private licence means a licence issued by the Commission to a person other than the Corporation; (licence privée)


program means a broadcast presentation of sound and visual matter that is designed to inform or entertain and that is described by a key figure determined under Schedule I, but does not include visual images, whether or not combined with sounds, that consist predominantly of alphanumeric text; (émission)


programming means anything that is broadcast, but does not include visual images, whether or not combined with sounds, that consist predominantly of alphanumeric text; (programmation)

public licence

public licence means a licence issued by the Commission to the Corporation; (licence publique)

remote station

remote station means a station that is licensed as a remote station; (station périphérique)

reserved time

reserved time means the predetermined time during which a station broadcasts programs pursuant to an affiliation agreement; (temps réservé)

second audio program channel

second audio program channel means a frequency band centred at 78.67 kHz in the baseband containing a frequency modulated subcarrier for audio programming; (second canal d’émissions sonore)


station means a television programming undertaking that transmits sounds and images or a broadcasting transmitting undertaking that transmits sounds and images, but does not include a broadcasting undertaking that only rebroadcasts the radiocommunications of another licensed broadcasting undertaking; (station)

station operator

station operator means a person licensed to carry on a station; (exploitant de station)

third language program

third language program means an ethnic program in a language other than English, French, or a language of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada; (émission dans une troisième langue)

vertical blanking interval

vertical blanking interval means the brief period of time which recurs approximately 60 times per second between successive scans of television pictures. (intervalle de suppression de trame)

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