The CRTC Announces 3-Year Plan for 2014-2017: Updates on the Commercial Radio Policy & Tangible Benefits Policy

The CRTC recently unveiled its Three-Year Plan for 2014-2017, outlining the policy projects that it intends to have completed by March 31, 2017. Broadly, the plan provides a snapshot of how current CRTC projects are doing, while also providing (tentative) timelines on future projects. In keeping with its legislative mandate, the policy priorities are organized around 3 pillars: Create, Connect and Protect.

For the purposes of the music industry, the Create pillar is the most important. Its role is to “contribute to a broadcasting system that provides Canadians with a wealth of compelling and diverse content. The creation of diverse programming that reflects the attitudes, opinions, ideas, values and artistic creativity of Canadians enables their participation in their country’s democratic and cultural life.”

For 2014-2017, the CRTC plans to prioritize the modernization of the regulatory framework for the Canadian broadcasting system. While some of the specific activities will likely be familiar, some are new proposals:

  • A public consultation on television
  • The review of the Commercial Radio Policy will be completed
  • A cultural diversity policy
  • A targeted review of Ethnic Radio Licensing
  • A targeted review of Native Radio Policy
  • Will issue a position on proposed regulatory amendments to the Vertical Integration Framework
  • The review of the Tangible Benefits Policy will be completed
  • License renewals for television: Rogers, Bell, Shaw and Corus.
  • License renewals for French-language television services.
  • A review of the Community Television Policy
  • And finally, a review of the obligations of the CRTC under the Official Languages Act

CIMA’s Ongoing Advocacy Efforts with the CRTC

As you likely already know, CIMA engages in interventions on any broadcasting decisions that may impact the Canadian independent music sector. Two of these interventions, the Commercial Radio Policy and the Tangible Benefits Policy, are listed as current policy activities for the period of 2014-2017, but work has already begun on these important policy issues. While also looking towards the future, the CRTC Three-Year Plan for 2014-2017 also provided an updated timeline on when we can expect to see some developments on those two folders.

The Commercial Radio Policy:

Under Broadcasting Notice 2013-572, CIMA submitted its initial intervention in January 2014, and followed it up with a response to other stakeholder interventions in April 2014. You can consult both of those interventions here.

The revised Commercial Radio Policy framework is expected to launch in 2014-2015. The Commission notes that this may be accompanied by a follow-up to the CCD administration process, a discussion on the deployment of terrestrial digital technologies and a study of alternative sanctions that could be imposed on delinquent licensees instead of short-term license renewals. They envision that the implementation process of the revised framework would occur over the period of 2015-2016, and then it will be monitored for effectiveness through the end of 2016-2017.

The Tangible Benefits Policy:

Under Broadcasting Notice 2013-558, CIMA submitted comments on the Commission’s approach to tangible benefits in December 2013, and filed a response intervention in January 2014. You can consult both of those interventions here.

 The Commission announced that it expected to  begin to implement a new methodology and process for determining tangible benefits and the value of the transaction as of 2014-2015. It then expected to be able to monitor and assess the effectiveness of these methodological changes during 2015-2016.

We’ll be sure to keep you informed on these decisions, and how they may impact you, as more information comes available!


To read the CRTC’s Three-Year Plan for 2014-2017, please click here. You can also view CIMA’s submissions, publications and reports – filed on behalf of our members here