Last updated: November 18, 2022

QUICK LINKS: In the Senate Chamber In Committee

The Senate is debating Government Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, which would change Canada’s broadcasting policy and give new powers to the country’s broadcasting regulator, among many other things.

Broadcasting policy is set out in section 3 of the Broadcasting Act, which received Royal Assent in 1991 — while the internet as we know it today was in its infancy. Among the more significant changes set out in Bill C-11 is the expansion of the current policy to include the digital realm.

Canada’s broadcasting policy is regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), an administrative tribunal that operates at arm’s length from the federal government. Bill C-11 would give the CRTC new powers, including the ability to impose financial penalties against people and businesses that violate certain provisions of the Broadcasting Act or its regulations.

This page provides an overview of some of the factors that make this bill complex, as well as links to Senate debates and committee meetings about the bill. The page will be regularly updated so check back often for the latest information about the bill’s progress through Parliament.

Progress through Parliament


In the Senate Chamber

First and Second Reading

The bill was introduced in the Senate at first reading on June 21, 2022 and adopted at second reading on October 25, 2022.

Debates

October 25, 2022 Read Watch
October 19, 2022 Read Watch
October 18, 2022 Read Watch
September 27, 2022 Read Watch
September 22, 2022 Read Watch
September 21, 2022 Read Watch
June 23, 2022 Read Watch
June 21, 2022 Read Watch

In committee

TRCM - Transport and Communications

The Senate Committee on Transport and Communications was authorized to pre-study the bill on May 31, 2022. The bill was adopted at second reading and referred to the transport and communications committee on October 25, 2022. See the committee’s full meeting schedule.

Meetings

November 23, 2022 — 6:45 p.m. Watch
November 22, 2022 — 9:00 a.m. Watch
November 16, 2022 — 6:45 p.m. Watch
November 15, 2022 — 9 a.m. Watch
November 1, 2022 — 9 a.m. Watch
October 26, 2022 — 6:45 p.m. Watch
October 25, 2022 — 9 a.m.
Pre-study
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October 19, 2022 — 6:45 p.m.
Pre-study
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October 18, 2022 — 9 a.m.
Pre-study
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October 5, 2022 — 6:45 p.m.
Pre-study
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October 4, 2022 — 9 a.m.
Pre-study
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September 28, 2022
Pre-study
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September 27, 2022 — 9 a.m.
Pre-study
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September 21, 2022 — 6:45 p.m.
Pre-study
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September 20, 2022 — 9 a.m.
Pre-study
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September 15, 2022 — 1:30 p.m.
Pre-study
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September 15, 2022 — 10 a.m.
Pre-study
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September 14, 2022 — 6 p.m.
Pre-study
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September 14, 2022 — 2 p.m.
Pre-study
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June 22, 2022
Pre-study
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June 21, 2022
Pre-study
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