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Federal Government Tables ‘ Online Streaming Act ’ to Regulate DSPs
On Feb . 2 nd , the federal Liberal government , spearheaded by Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez , tabled a new bill in parliament that ’ s dubbed the Online Streaming Act . It aims to bring streaming companies like Netflix and Spotify under the regulation of the CRTC and subject them to some of the same rules and obligations as traditional broadcasters . The purpose is to ensure that more money is staying within the Canadian arts industries and that Canadian content is promoted to Canadian audiences . The new bill is being applauded by SOCAN , CIMA , and the Canadian Media Producers Association .
Officially known in parliament as Bill C-11 , it ’ s an amended version of a previous bill ( C-10 ) that failed to pass the Senate before the last election , and which was criticized for being overly broad . The old bill created uncertainty about how it would impact average social media users .
If passed , Bill C-11 will amend the Broadcasting Act to require streaming services operating in Canada to invest in Canadian culture , similar to how Canadian TV and radio broadcasters pay into FACTOR and other funds to support Canadian artists and arts companies . They would also have to reflect Canada ’ s diversity , including Indigenous culture .
Rodriguez says he will ask the CRTC to clearly define what constitutes Canadian content under the new rules . “ The Online Streaming Act will help make sure that our cultural sector works for Canadians and supports the next generation of artists and creators
in this country ,” he says .
“ The Online Streaming Act is a big step in the right direction ,” says Jennifer Brown , SOCAN CEO . “ The existing Broadcasting Act was designed before the Internet was a music delivery platform , and modernization is desperately needed .”
“ It is vital that we have policies that aim to build a strong middle-class of arts and culture workers , artists , and entrepreneurs , not the feast or famine industry it often is ,” adds Andrew Cash , president and CEO of CIMA , who is also a former NDP MP . “ The Online Streaming Act can be a positive step towards this goal and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to strengthen Canada ’ s arts and culture sector as this bill works its way through parliament .”
New Report Finds Glaring Inequities in Canadian Music Education
The Coalition for Music Education in Canada has released the findings of a national study three years in development . The report , entitled Everything is Connected : A Landscape of Music Education , details inequalities in music education curriculum requirements across Canada , including discrepancies in programming based on urban versus rural access , and inconsistent access to music education and resources .
The study was led by the Coalition for Music Education in Canada in partnership with other organizations , including Musi- Counts , Music Canada , Canadian Music Educators Association , People for Education , and the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning . The principal investigator was Dr . Adam Con from the University of Victoria with assistance from Dr . Betty Anne Younker and
Kyle Zavitz from Western University . The goal of this study was to map the current structural , economic , and social ecosystem that influences music education in Canada , and to provide benchmark data that can be used to inform future investigations .
Initiated prior to the pandemic in 2019 , the study reflects the ongoing status within provincial education systems . Recognizing the demise of music education through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic , the report is a significant expert resource for those who develop educational policy and to rebuild consistent and valued music programming into core curriculum .
The report exposes wide inequities from jurisdiction to jurisdiction , reporting that in many instances , children in the same school district , or even in adjacent schools , have differing access to music education . The report raises many key areas of concern .
For example , why do some schools have one period per week dedicated to music instruction while others have three ? Why do some schools offer access to a variety of instruments while others are lacking even the basic materials ? Why do some jurisdictions have specialist music teachers and others rely instead on the classroom teacher to deliver the music curriculum ?
For more information , or to read the report , go to www . coalitioncanada . ca .