Published Sep 14, 2016Back in April, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced her plans to bring out-dated Canadian content laws into the digital age, asking Canadians about their culture consuming habits in an online survey.
The results from that initial survey have since been analyzed and condensed into a consultation paper. Approximately 10,000 submissions were received.
As CBC reports, the findings show that the public's main concerns centred on content and making Canadian options stand out amidst foreign competition, while industry stakeholders focused more on money and obtaining greater government funding.
With those results in mind, the government is moving forward into a second phase of gathering public input.
Joly and her team state that their goal is "to create a system that better aligns with how we consume content and that helps Canadian content creators succeed in a digital, globalized world," taking an approach that focuses on "citizen choice" and supporting artists when it comes to creating content; reflecting diversity, and ensuring that news and local content is "credible and reliable"; and driving social and economic change by establishing strong links between creativity and economic growth.
A website was launched yesterday (September 13) where Canadians can share stories about their favourite homegrown content and offer their own ideas about how to promote Canadian content in a digital world.
Head over here to check out the background documents in their entirety and add your own input. Submissions will be accepted until November 25.