Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 07, 2009 14:13 ET

Settlement Reached between the Government of Canada and Members of the Broadcasting Industry

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced a settlement between the Government of Canada and members of the broadcasting industry.

"I am pleased to announce that we have been able to reach an agreement regarding Part II Licence Fees received by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Under this settlement, our Government is recommending that the CRTC develop a new, forward-looking fee regime that would be capped at $100 million per year. The new fee regime is intended to provide stability and predictability for the industry and protect the interests of Canadians.

"In return, members of the broadcasting industry will discontinue court action against the Government of Canada regarding the legitimacy of Part II Licence Fees. The Government will not seek past amounts owing by the industry which amount to about $450 million. This agreement is an important step forward for the industry and proposes a predictable fee regime going forward.

"The broadcasting industry (including radio; conventional, pay and specialty television; and cable and satellite distributors) contributes approximately $20 billion annually to the Canadian economy. This agreement is another example of our Government showing leadership and working together with industry in the best interest of our country, our economy and all taxpayers."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca