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.

In addition to the submissions, the Panel met with over 100 interested parties.

The Panel will now take a period of time to review and evaluate these submissions, along with their other outreach activities. These inputs will form the backbone of the Panel's What We've Heard Report which will be published no later than June 30th. At that time, all written submissions will also be posted on the Panel's website.

For any inquiries on the consultation process, please contact the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel by email:

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


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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