CRTC sets deadline for streamers to register as it moves forward with Bill C-11

The CRTC is moving forward with its regulatory plan to implement Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, setting a Nov. 28 deadline for streaming services operating in Canada to register with the commission.

The Act will only apply to those streamers that earn $10 million or more in annual revenue.

The CRTC has also set out conditions for online streaming services to operate in Canada, which take effect immediately, requiring them to provide the commission with content and subscriber information. The decision also requires those services to make content available in a way that is not tied to a specific mobile or internet service.

The commission is advancing implementation of the Act following public consultations that saw more than 200 intervenors participate. A third consultation is ongoing, considering what contributions traditional broadcasters and online streaming services will need to make to support Canadian and Indigenous content. The CRTC will hold a three-week public proceeding, starting Nov. 20, which will hear from 129 intervenors.

“We are developing a modern broadcasting framework that can adapt to changing circumstances. To do that, we need broad engagement and robust public records,” said CRTC Chair Vicky Eatrides, in an announcement. “We appreciate the significant participation during this first phase and look forward to hearing a diversity of perspectives at our contributions proceeding in November.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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