Regional meeting for British Columbia’s cultural community to present and discuss the context and issues of the Broadcasting Act review.

About this event

Online event. Translation in both French and English will be available. Mandatory registration.

On February 2, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, introduced Bill C-11 to modernize the Broadcasting Act. With C-11, Canada’s ambition is to subject large online broadcasting companies to the same requirements for funding and showcasing local and national cultural expressions as traditional broadcasters.

What are the issues underlying this bill? Why is it essential for the cultural community? How can it help our artists, creators and cultural professionals?

The CDCE and the CMPA invite the entire cultural community of British Columbia – artists, creators, producers, distributors, broadcasters and publishers in the book, film, television, music, performing and visual arts sectors, public and private sector cultural professionals, and civil society organizations – to attend a regional meeting on Bill C-11.

Broadcasting experts and professionals from various cultural sectors in British Columbia will be on hand to discuss the context and issues surrounding the review of the Broadcasting Act, answer questions, address regional issues, and identify how to participate in the national debate and make their voices heard.



  • Bill Skolnik

Co-chair, CDCE / Representative of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada


  • Nathalie Guay

Executive Director, CDCE

Presentation of bill c-11 and its issues

  • Peter Grant

Peter S. Grant is a retired Senior Counsel at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. For many years he was the head of its Communications Group. Mr. Grant pioneered the field of communications law in Canada, and for over 50 years his practice was substantially devoted to this field, including broadcasting and cable television licensing, satellite services, copyright negotiations, cultural industries, and telecommunications regulation. Mr. Grant is the author or co-author of numerous articles, books and publications, including Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2004), Canadian Broadcasting Regulatory Handbook, now in its 14th edition, and Communications Law and the Courts in Canada, now in its third edition. Mr. Grant was one of six experts on the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel, which published its report, Canada’s Communications Future: Time to Act, in January 2020.


  • Erin Haskett

President, Executive Producer, Lark Productions

  • Haydn Wazelle

Chief Executive Officer, ZedDrive

  • Robert Fraser

Bass Trombonist, Victoria Symphony / President, Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM)


    Bill C-11: What is at stake for the cultural community in British Columbia?

    CDCE activity
    April 13, 2022
    10am - 12pm, Pacific Time