TAKE THE #CANCONDEF INDUSTRY SURVEY

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) wants to hear from you! You’re invited to participate in our newly launched national survey to gather the Canadian audiovisual sector’s views on how the current definition of Canadian content should evolve following the passage of Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act. The survey is a central component of the CMF’s multi-phase Canadian content definition initiative (#CanConDef) announced in September 2022 that facilitates industry-wide discussions on how modernizing the definition can meet the aspirations of an evolving industry.

We want to hear from as many voices as possible. The approximately 15-minute survey is open to all individuals who work in (or aspire to work in) Canada’s audiovisual production and broadcasting sector. It is designed to be widely accessible, regardless of role, level of experience, or knowledge regarding Canadian content policy.

The survey will close on March 31, 2023.

TAKE THE SURVEY

 

Written submissions

Any individual or group, whether they consider themselves part of the industry or not, may submit written comments or a formal written submission to cancondef@cmf-fmc.ca. For members of the industry, written comments or submissions can be done either in addition to or in lieu of the industry survey.

When sending your written submission, please indicate whether you would like your comments to be made publicly available or kept confidential. Please note that portions of confidentially submitted written comments may be published anonymously in the final “What You Said” report.

Learn more

The industry survey will be complemented by a public-facing survey to gauge popular perceptions of Canadian content, as well as a series of industry workshops in the spring. The initiative will culminate with the publication of a “What You Said Report,” set to be published ahead of the CRTC’s upcoming Bill C-11 policy review to modernize Canada’s broadcasting regulations.

To learn more about CMF’s initiative on the definition of Canadian content, we invite you to read this story in Now & Next. If you would like to learn more about Canadian content policy before or after completing the survey, we invite you to read our detailed explainer here.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, is currently making its way through Parliament. Once passed, the CRTC will be directed to create a new broadcasting regulatory framework for Canada. The CRTC is expected to hold a broad formal consultation to build out this framework. A modernization of the definition of Canadian content will be just one many of many elements in this wide-ranging consultation. As Canada’s largest content funder, we believe that new definition of Canadian content one of the most crucial elements of the forthcoming review and that the industry needs to engage in a meaningful conversation outside of a formal regulatory process. Part of the role that the CMF plays is to be an industry convenor and we want to use this position to create open forum of ideas.

Ultimately, the CMF is undertaking this initiative to serve the interests of all stakeholders. We will gather all of the information collected as part of this multi-phase process into a publicly available “What You Said” report. This report will be published in the lead up to the CRTC’s policy review and formal consultation for use by any interested stakeholder.

No. The point of this initiative is to create a forum for conversations to explore different ways that the  definition of Canadian content could evolve based strictly on the what we have heard. The final “What You Said” report will not take a stance or make any declarations about what the new definition should be. The report will be published for all stakeholders to consult in the lead up to the CRTC’s policy review and formal consultation.

Absolutely not. We strongly encourage your participation regardless of your level of knowledge about Canadian content policy. The survey was specifically designed to be widely accessible, regardless of role, level of experience, or knowledge. We want to hear from everyone – not just the experts. If, however, you would like to learn more about Canadian content policy before completing the survey, we invite you to read our detailed explainer here.

Any individual or group, whether they consider themselves part of the industry or not, may submit written comments or a formal written submission to cancondef@cmf-fmc.ca. For members of the industry, written comments or submissions can be done either in addition to or in lieu of the industry survey.

Members of the public who do not consider themselves part of the industry are welcome to submit comments in writing by email at cancondef@cmf-fmc.ca. If you would like to provide comments in an alternative format, please contact cancondef@cmf-fmc.ca.

A member of the industry is an individual who would describe themselves as an active, retired or aspiring professional involved in the broader audiovisual content ecosystem in Canada. This includes broadcasting, film, television, interactive digital media (IDM) and digital first content creation.

Alternative survey formats can be made available upon request. Please send your request by email cancondef@cmf-fmc.ca.

Should you have any questions, please email cancondef@cmf-fmc.ca. Emails will be answered within two business days.

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