Online Streaming Act advances in Senate
Bill C-11, known as the Online Streaming Act, approaches final vote in Senate.
Legislation to modernize Canada’s broadcasting laws is advancing in the Senate, following an intensive committee study that led to many proposed changes.
Bill C-11 aims to brings streaming services into the regulatory fold, in an effort to ensure they contribute in an equitable and flexible way to the creation and availability of Canadian content, among other measures. It notably prioritizes support for content from francophone, Indigenous, LGBTQ2+ and racialized creators.
Since June, the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications heard from nearly 140 witnesses. The committee reported back to the Senate on Wednesday with a range of recommendations, including that the legislation:
- Ensures the protection of the privacy of Canadians;
- Promotes innovation and be adaptable to scientific and technological change;
- Maintains the vital role of independent producers in our broadcasting system;
- Supports the production of more original French language programming; and
- Standardizes references to Black and racialized communities throughout the bill.
The Senate adopted the committee’s report on Wednesday. Third reading debate and a final vote on the legislation is expected early in the new year.