Canadian Publishing Industry News
22 June 2021,     OTTAWA
Bill C-10 passes the House
 
 
BillC-10, which aims to regulate programming distributed by media streaming services and social media platforms, received approval in the House of Commons. The bill is scheduled to go to the Senate next, but whether it gets there is uncertain. If an election is called later this year, the bill is dead.

            The bill seeks to subject companies such as Facebook and Netflix to the same standards as traditional broadcasters, particularly in financing and promoting Canadian content. This includes three requirements: digital media companies must provide information about their revenue sources, they must fund Canadian content, and they will have to make it easy to find such content on their platforms.

            According to the federal government, the bill is the first step in a multi-pronged plan to regulate and tax digital platforms. Up next are plans to make social media platforms eliminate hate speech online.

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