The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has published two reports in which it reiterates its commitment to official-language minority communities (OLMC). The reports highlight recent CRTC decisions, which will lead to improved access to broadcasting and telecommunications services, and increased OLMC representation within the broadcasting system.
Over the past three years, the CRTC has taken steps to encourage OLMCs to participate in its public processes. “OLMCs have increased their participation in processes that affect their development. They have shared their viewpoints and priorities,” said CRTC Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC. “As a result, the Commission can systematically take OLMC interests into account in its analyses and deliberations.”
For example, the CRTC required Shaw Communications to provide satellite receivers and antennas, including installation and free programming to qualifying households across Canada, including those in OLMCs. This requirement will ensure affected viewers continue to receive the signals of their local and regional stations through Shaw Direct after the transition to digital television. In addition, as a result of the review of CRTC’s satellite distribution policy, OLMCs will enjoy additional regional stations, including CBLFT Toronto and CBKFT Regina, as well as increased coverage of these stations.
The CRTC will continue to keep OLMCs appraised of issues that affect them and seek their participation in relevant public processes through its website and dedicated working groups.
Annual report on results – Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act (2010-2011)
Results-Based Action Plan – Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act (2011-2014)