Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

To ensure that Canadians continue to benefit from an open and innovative Internet, the Government of Canada has appointed an external Panel to review Canada's communication legislative framework. The review will examine issues such as telecommunications and content creation in the digital age, net neutrality and cultural diversity, and how to strengthen the future of Canadian media and Canadian content creation.

Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is responsible for the Telecommunications Act and Radiocommunication Act.

Pablo Rodriguez, the Minister of Canadian Heritage is responsible for the Broadcasting Act. Their departments will work collaboratively to support an independent panel in the conduct of the review.


The Panel is composed of members who reflect a diversity of expertise and perspectives and a balance of sectors, language and gender. They have been tasked to study the Broadcasting Act, the Telecommunications Act and the Radiocommunication Act and to make recommendations to the two Ministers. During the course of this work, the Panel will consult industry, creators and Canadians, including those from Indigenous and official-language minority communities.

A call for comments

The consultation period for written submissions closed on January 11th. This was the extended deadline the Panel set after accommodating requests for more time to prepare submissions.

The Panel members extend their sincere appreciation to the 2,000 interested parties who took the time and dedicated the effort to prepare submissions.

What We Heard Report

The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel's What We Heard Report summarizes the key themes that emerged through an open call for written submissions.

After being appointed in June 2018, the Panel undertook an outreach and engagement process to hear what Canadians had to say and to gain the benefit of their insights to help modernize Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications legislative framework.

Panel members criss-crossed the country, meeting with interested parties and hearing from a diverse cross-section of voices. They extend their sincere thanks to all Canadians who took the time to contribute their expertise and thoughts during this consultation process.

The perspectives and recommendations provided will help inform and strengthen the Panel's work, while it completes its final report with recommendations by January 2020.

Contact us

For general inquiries on the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel, please email us at

For media inquiries, please contact Stéfanie Power at or 613-864-7849.


Learn more about broadcasting and telecommunications legislation in Canada by watching our new videos.

The Broadcasting Act: Structure and Background

An Overview of the Telecommunications Act

Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada

Overview of the Radiocommunication Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. R-2


June 26, 2019: Broadcasting and Telecommunications Panel releases What We Heard Report
June 6, 2019: Canadian Telecom Summit Address by Panel Chair
September 25, 2018: Broadcasting and Telecommunications Panel launches consultations
June 28, 2018: Update on the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel
June 5, 2018: Government of Canada launches review of Telecommunications and Broadcasting Acts

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