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Digital Media: Creating Canada's Digital Content Advantage

There have never been a greater set of choices for consumers, more opportunities for producers, such a diversity of technologies or such a wide range of audiences for our content. In my opinion, there has never been a better time for us to look ahead, past the limitations that exist today, to imagine a future where Canada is a world leader in the global digital economy. Where Canadian creativity, innovation and foresight change the way we communicate, express ourselves as Canadians and engage with the world.

In today's world — where you can use a myriad of mobile devices to download a podcast of your favourite radio show and listen to it while walking to work, and where you can use that same device to take photos, watch videos on YouTube, post updates on Twitter, call or text your friends and family, and organize your schedule — digital media and content are essential to Canada's economy and culture. They are at the centre of creative industries, integrating all spheres of arts and culture to create innovative content that informs, educates and entertains a global audience.

The Government of Canada's role is to put in place a marketplace framework in which you as creators, inventors and entrepreneurs have the incentives to innovate, the confidence to take risks and the tools to succeed. The Government of Canada has made an important start to its work — it has revamped its cultural programs to reflect the digital reality.

Recognizing that it will be your talent, creativity and innovation that will be the ultimate driver, my colleagues and I are seeking your views on what elements of this marketplace framework are essential to your future success and to Canada's future in the digital economy.

I look forward to hearing from you.

James Moore Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

The Honourable James Moore
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages


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