On April 4, 2019, the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) issued its comments and recommendations on the proposed order issuing a direction to the CRTC on implementing the Canadian telecommunications policy objectives to promote competition, affordability, consumer interests and innovation.

Changes to the broadcasting and telecommunications legislative framework will take time to be adopted. We believe that short-term measures are essential to restore balance in cultural ecosystems. For this reason, the CDCE requests that the proposed Instruction Order not override the imperatives of cultural sovereignty and include instructions to ensure a contribution by TSPs to the financing of Canadian content.

The establishment of a contribution from TSPs for the financing of cultural content would make it possible to reconcile innovation and cultural sovereignty. It would have no impact on affordability and would be consistent with consumer interests, which remain strongly committed to Canadian content.