Newly-formed Canadian Digital Regulators Forum to tackle emerging issues like AI

The CRTC, Competition Bureau, and Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) have come together under the banner of the newly-formed Canadian Digital Regulators Forum to strengthen information sharing and collaboration on matters related to digital markets and platforms, including artificial intelligence (AI).

The three agencies, who already share responsibility for enforcing Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL), is headed by Commissioner of Competition Matthew Boswell, CRTC Chairperson Vicky Eatrides, and Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne.

Supported by a Core Working Group, which will meet quarterly, the three organizations will exchange best practices, conduct research and market analyses, and problem solve with an aim to strengthen the work of all three agencies as they keep pace with rapid changes in the digital economy.

“To best serve Canadians in today’s fast-evolving digital economy, it is critical that regulators collaborate across intersecting spheres,” said Dufresne, in a federal announcement. “This forum will build on one another’s knowledge and expertise and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that we leverage the benefits of emerging digital technologies to support a vibrant digital economy where the fundamental right to privacy is promoted and respected.”

“We must ensure that all Canadians have what they need to take advantage of the possibilities of the digital age,” added Eatrides. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Competition Bureau and the OPC to find solutions to emerging issues.”

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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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