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Canadians are invited to share their views on CBC’s programming: consultation period extended To Feb. 20

The CRTC is holding a public consultation on the renewal of its broadcasting licences

January 28, 2020 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The CRTC is extending its consultation period by one week for Canadians to submit their opinions on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporationand Société Radio-Canada’s programming. This extension follows the submission of a study on public broadcasters in other jurisdictions, which has been added to the public record of the renewal proceeding.

As part of the CBC/Radio-Canada licence renewal process, the CRTC wants to hear from Canadians across the country to ensure that the content produced and distributed by the public broadcaster reflects the diversity of Canada’s population, while meeting its needs in both official languages.

Given changes in the models for the production and distribution of content, the Commission is inviting Canadians to review how CBC/Radio-Canada content is made available to them on various platforms. They will also have an opportunity to share their opinion on how content relates to the following themes: reflection, production, accessibility and discoverability, and contribution to democratic life in Canada.

Canadians can submit their comments by February 20, 2020 using one of the following methods:

  • filling out the online form
  • writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A ON2 or
  • sending a fax to 819-994-0218.


“CBC/Radio-Canada plays an important role in the lives of Canadians. As Canada’s national public broadcaster, its main objective is to provide programming that is designed to inform, enlighten and entertain. As part of our consultation, we want to hear the opinions of Canadians so that they are reflected in CBC/Radio-Canada’s programming.”

Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, CRTC

Quick facts

  • CBC/Radio-Canada’s mandate is to provide predominantly Canadian programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and reflects Canada’s various geographic, cultural and linguistic realities and identities.
  • CBC/Radio-Canada’s current radio and television licences will expire on August 31, 2020.
  • As part of its review, the CRTC will hold a public hearing in the National Capital Region beginning on May 25, 2020.

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