Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2008 18:33 ET

Government of Canada Seeks Recommendations From CRTC on Canadian Television Fund

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced the Government has asked the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to report and make recommendations on the Canadian Television Fund (CTF).

In January 2007, the Government of Canada committed $240 million in funding over two years (2007-2008 and 2008-2009) to ensure the production of Canadian programming. Following criticism from some private sector contributors, the CRTC created a task force on the CTF and conducted public hearings from February 4 to 8, 2008, at which the principal stakeholders expressed their views. The Government is now asking the CRTC to present recommendations to inform the government's decisions regarding the CTF.

"Our Government takes the need for change at the CTF seriously and values the CRTC's input," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada is committed to a strong Canadian broadcasting system and a strong production sector. We encourage the creation of quality Canadian content and the long-term viability of funding for Canadian content."

This request to the CRTC has been made pursuant to section 15 of the Broadcasting Act, under which the Governor in Council can request 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
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101