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June 20, 2008 17:15 ET

The Government of Canada Asks CRTC to Report on Broadcasting Services to Francophones and Anglophones Living in Minority-Language Situation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced that the Government has asked the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to report on the accessibility and quality of broadcasting services offered to minority French-and English-language communities.

The announcement forms part of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013, an unprecedented government-wide initiative. The goal of the Roadmap is to strengthen the vitality of minority official language communities and allow all Canadians to enjoy the benefits of linguistic duality.

Given the many changes-particularly the proliferation of new technologies-that have transformed the broadcast industry in recent years, the Government of Canada believes the time has come to review broadcast services in the context of minority official-language communities. The CRTC's recommendations will provide crucial information to help inform the Government with respect to our linguistic duality.

"As the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality attests, our Government takes very seriously the need to offer appropriate services to Francophones and Anglophones living in a minority-language situation," said Minister Verner. "Our request to the CRTC reflects our commitment to the promotion of both official languages."

The CRTC will be asked to solicit the views of Canadians on this matter, as well as to identify the broadcast challenges facing minority official-language communities.

The Government's request to the CRTC has been made pursuant to Section 15 of the Broadcasting Act, under which the Governor in Council can request that the CRTC hold hearings or make reports. To see the Order in Council, visit the Privy Council Office website at www.pco-bcp.gc.ca/oic-ddc/.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101