Better representation of minorities at Radio-Canada

Better representation of minorities at Radio-Canada

UPDATE DAY

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has just introduced new requirements for Radio-Canada with the aim of ensuring better representation of Aboriginal people and all minorities.< /strong> 

In order to present more diverse programming, CBC∕Radio-Canada will need to invest in Canadian audiovisual programs from Indigenous producers, racialized producers, producers with disabilities and producers who identify as LGBTQ2+.

For example, next year, the Société Radio-Canada (SRC) will have to devote at least 1% of its expenses to Aboriginal producers.

In terms of broadcasting, from 2023 until 2026, in particular, the CRTC will require that the CBC's English-language services devote at least 30% of programming expenditures to producers from one of the minorities. As for the French service, this minimum percentage of programming expenses will be 6.7% in 2023-2024 and it must reach at least 15% in 2026-2027.

Consultations every two years

The CRTC wants to ensure that it modernizes its approach to enable the Crown corporation to adequately represent Canadians.

Radio- Canada will now be required to hold formal consultations every two years with Indigenous peoples, official language minority communities, racialized people, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQ2+.< /p>

“We are giving CBC/Radio-Canada more flexibility, while ensuring that it is responsible and representative of our diverse geographic and cultural realities in both official languages,” said the President of the CRTC, Ian Scott, in a press release.

The CRTC's new requirements follow a public hearing held from January 11 to 28. The Council said it received more than 10,000 comments during this consultation.