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Are you interested in some of the history of Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications system? You are in luck: dozens of reports have been written about the issues in and challenges in the system – here is a list (in chronological order) of a number of these reports.


1928 Minister of Marine and Fisheries (15 November 1928):  Report
1929 Royal Commission on Radio Broadcasting, Report (Ottawa, 1929), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/bcp-pco/CP32-104-1929-eng.pdf
1938 Select Standing Committee to review the policies of the CBC
1951 Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences, Special Committee on Radio Broadcasting, https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/massey/h5-400-e.html
1957 Royal Commission on Broadcasting, Report (Ottawa, 15 March 1957), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2016/bcp-pco/Z1-1955-37-1-eng.pdf [Fowler Report]

(Chapters 1-6)


(Chapters 7 – 12)

http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2016/bcp-pco/Z1-1955-37-3-eng.pdf (appendices 1-13)


(Appendices 14)

1960 Glassco:  Royal Commission on Government Organization
1960 Board of Broadcast Governors, Royal Commission on Activities of Station CHEK-TV, Victoria, B.C.:  Report, Report in response to OIC 1960-1211 (8 September 1960), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2016/bcp-pco/Z1-1960-eng.pdf
1965 Fowler:  Advisory Committee on Broadcasting
1966 White Paper on Broadcasting – formed the basis of the 1968 Broadcasting Act
1970 Special Senate Committee on Mass Media, Report [Davey committee]
1971 Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Arctic co-operative radio broadcasts, (Ottawa, 1971) http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2017/aanc-inac/R74-35-1971-eng.pdf
1973 In March, 1973 the federal government issued a Green Paper titled, Proposals for a Communications Policy for Canada
1979 Clyne committee Report of the Consultative Committee on the Implications of Telecommunications for Canadian Sovereignty
1981 Kent:  Royal Commission on Newspapers
1980-1982 Applebaum-Hebert: Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee
1983 Department of Communications, “Towards a New National Broadcasting Policy”
1983 Department of Communications, “Building for the Future:  Towards a Distinctive CBC”
1984 Department of Communications, From Gutenberg to Telidon, (Ottawa, 1984)
1985 Neilsen report:  Federal Task Force on Program Review published its recommendations on culture and communications
1985 Film Industry Task Force, Canadian Cinema – A Solid Base:  Report, (Ottawa, 1985) [Raymond-Roth]
1986 Task Force on the Non-Theatrical Film Industry, Report, (Ottawa, 1986) [Jensen-Macerola]
1986 Task Force on Broadcasting Policy, Report, (Ottawa, 1986) [Caplan-Sauvageau]
Federal-Provincial Committee on the Future of French-Language Television issued its report
1987 House of Commons Standing Committee on Communications and Culture:  Sixth Report
1987 Department of Communications, Communications for the Twenty-First Century:  Media and Messages in the Information Age (Ottawa, 1987)
1991 Girard-Peters Task Force: Report on the Economic Status of Television
1991 Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, Reforming Electoral Democracy, Vol 1 (Ottawa, Minister of Supply and Services Canada:  1991), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2016/bcp-pco/Z1-1989-2-1-1991-1-eng.pdf
1991 Marion G. Wrobel, Library of Parliament, Telecommunications: the demise of natural monopoly and its implications for regulation, Backgrounder (Ottawa, 1991)
1992 Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, Reforming Electoral Democracy, Vol. 1 http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2016/bcp-pco/Z1-1989-2-1-1991-1-eng.pdf
1992 Industry Canada. Communications for the Twenty-First Century: Media and Messages in the Information Age. Ottawa, 1992.
1992 Communications Canada, A spectrum policy framework for Canada (Ottawa, 1992)
1992 Communications Canada, Telecommunications in Canada: an overview of the carriage industry, (Ottawa, 1992)
1992 Communications Canada, Telecommunications privacy principles, (Ottawa, 1992)
1992 Standing Committee on Communications and Culture, The Ties that Bind, (Ottawa, 1992)
1993 Task Force on the Introduction of Digital Radio, Communications Canada, Digital radio, the sound of the future:  the Canadian vision, (Ottawa, 1993)
1993 Federal working group to “review the CBC’s funding situation”
1994 Communications Development and Planning Branch, Industry Canada, Privacy and the Canadian information highway: building Canada’s information and communications infrastructure, (Ottawa, 1994)
1994 Parliamentary Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage:  “role of the [CBC] .. potential sources of new revenues”
1995 Working Group on Canadian Programming and Private Television:  Report on the Future of Canadian Programming and the Role of Private Television: Keeping Canada on the Information Highway.
1995 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, The Future of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the Multi-Channel Universe
1995 Information Highway Advisory Council. Connection, Community and Content: The Challenge of the Information Highway. Supply and Services Canada, Ottawa, Canada, September 1995.
1995 CRTC, Competition and culture on Canada’s information highway:  managing the realities of transition, (Ottawa, 19 May 1995),
1995 Information Highway Advisory Council, Connection, Community, Content:  The Challenge of the Information Highway, (Ottawa, 27 September 1995)
1995 Government of Canada, Building the Information Society:  Moving Canada into the 21st Century.
1996 Mandate Review Committee of the CBC, NFB and Telefilm Canada, Making Our Voices Heard, Report (Ottawa, 1996) [ Juneau Committee’
1996 Research Branch, Library of Parliament, Privacy issues in telecommunications, Current issue reviews (Ottawa, 1993, revised January 1996)
1996 Daniel J. Shaw, Research Branch, Library of Parliament, Telecommunications and Canadian industrial policy, (Ottawa, 1996), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2008/lop-bdp/bp/bp430-e.pdf
1996 Tom Gorman, Services, Science and Technology Division, Statistics Canada, Television:  Glorious Past, Uncertain Future, 63F0002XPZB No. 6 (Ottawa, January 1996), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/Statcan/63F0002XIE/63F0002XIB1995006.pdf
1996 Daniel J. Shaw, Library of Parliament, Parliamentary Research Branch, Economics Division, THE DEREGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND BROADCAST DISTRIBUTION (Ottawa, November 1996), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2008/lop-bdp/bp/bp432-e.pdf
1996 Daniel J. Shaw, Library of Parliament, Parliamentary Research Branch, Economics Division, THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY: THE CONVERGENCE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS, BROADCAST DISTRIBUTION AND MICROPROCESSING, (Ottawa, June 1996), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2008/lop-bdp/bp/bp420-e.pdf
1996 Daniel J. Shaw, Library of Parliament, Parliamentary Research Branch, Economics Division, The information revolution and international telecommunications, (Ottawa, July 1996), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection-R/LoPBdP/BP-e/bp421-e.pdf
1996 Human Resources Canada, Human resources study of the Canadian telecommunications industry: detailed report, (Ottawa, 1996)
1996 Peter Howitt, Industry Canada, Implications of knowledge-based growth for micro-economic policies, cat. Id53-11/6-1996E (Ottawa, 1996)
1996 Daniel J. Shaw, Library of Parliament, Parliamentary Research Branch, Economics Division, Telecommunication services and pricing:  from monopoly to competition, (Ottawa, 1995, revised September 1996)
1996 Élisabeth Lefebvre & Louis A. Lefebvre, Information and telecommunication technologies:  the impact of their adoption on small and medium-sized enterprises, (Ottawa, September 1996), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2012/crdi-idrc/E97-48-1996-eng.pdf
1996 Daniel J. Shaw, Library of Parliament, Parliamentary Research Branch, Economics Division, CANADIAN COMPETITIVENESS IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND BROADCAST DISTRIBUTION, (Ottawa, November 1996), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2008/lop-bdp/bp/bp427-e.pdf
1996 Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Music Industry, A Time for action:  report, (Ottawa, 1996)
1996 Industry Canada, Convergence Policy Statement, Policy (Ottawa, 1996), https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf05265.html
1999 Canadian Heritage, The Road to Feature Film Success:  Report of the Feature Film Advisory Committee, (Ottawa, 1999)
1999 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, A Sense of Place, A Sense of Being:  The evolving role of the Federal government in support of culture in Canada, Ninth Report (Ottawa, June 1999), http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/36-1/CHER/report-9/
1999 The Cultural Industries Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade, New Strategies for Culture and Trade Canadian Culture in a Global World, (February 1999), http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/topics-domaines/ip-pi/canculture.aspx?lang=en
2000 Canadian Heritage, From Script to Screen:  New Policy Directors for Canadian Feature Film, (Ottawa, 2000), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/CH44-11-2000E.pdf
2001 A Framework for Copyright Reform, (Ottawa, 2001)
2001 Intellectual Property Policy Directorate, Industry Canada, Consultation Paper on the Application of the Copyright Act’s Compulsory Retransmission Licence to the Internet, (Ottawa, 2001),
2001 Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues, (Ottawa, 2001)
2001 National Broadband Task Force, The New National Dream:  Networking the Nation for Broadband Access, (Ottawa, 2001), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/C2-574-2001E.pdf
2001 Federal government announces the Tomorrow Starts Today cultural policy, to foster arts and culture, maximize Canadians’ access to arts and culture, and develop partnerships
2002 Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Content for the 21st Century, Discussion Paper (Ottawa, March 2002), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/CH44-29-2002E.pdf
2002 Department of Canadian Heritage, From Creators to Audience:  New Policy Directions for Canadian

Sound Recording, (Ottawa, 2002), Policy, http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/CH44-31-2002E.pdf

2003 Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, Opening Canadian Communications to the World, Report, (Ottawa, April 2003), https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/37-2/INST/report-3/.
2003 Canadian Heritage, Northern Native Broadcast Access Program (NNBAP) & Northern Distribution Program (NDP) Evaluation:  Final Report (25 June 2003), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/CH44-90-2003E.pdf
2003 Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Content in the 21st Century in Film and

Television Productions: A Matter of Cultural Identity, (Ottawa, 2003) [Macerola Report]

2003 Lincoln report:  Our Cultural Sovereignty:  The Second Century of Canadian Broadcasting, Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, (Ottawa, 11 June 2003) http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/CH44-48-2005E.pdf
2005 UNESCO adopts Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, supported by Canada and France – Canada is the first country to accept the Convention and it entered into force in March 2007
2005 Canadian Heritage, Corporate Review Branch, Evaluation Services, Summative Evaluation of the Canadian Feature Film Policy, (Ottawa, September 2005)
2005 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Scripts, Screens and Audiences: A New Feature Film Policy for the 21st Century, Report (Ottawa, November 2005), http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/38-1/CHPC/report-19/
2006 Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, Final Report on the Canadian News Media (2 volumes)
2006 House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, Sixth Report, (Ottawa, 30 March 2007), 39th Parl, 1st Sess, https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/39-1/INDU/report-6/:


“Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee has studied the deregulation of telecommunications and recommends that the Minister of Industry withdraw the order varying Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-15 and table in Parliament a comprehensive package of policy, statutory and regulatory reforms to modernize the telecommunications services industry.”

2006 CRTC, The Future Environment Facing the Canadian Broadcasting System: a report prepared pursuant to section 15 of the Broadcasting Act (Ottawa, 14 December 2006), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/BC92-60-2006E.pdf
2006 March 22, 2006:  Telecommunications Policy Review Panel, Final Report, (Ottawa, March 2006), https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/vwapj/tprp-final-report-2006.pdf/$FILE/tprp-final-report-2006.pdf
2007 Department of Industry, Spectrum Policy Framework for Canada, Gzette Notice No. DGTP-001-07 (Ottawa, June 2007), http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf08776.html
2007 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, The Funding Crisis of the Canadian Television Fund:  Report, (Ottawa, March 2007), 39th Parl., 1st Sess., http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/39-1/CHPC/report-17/
2007 L. Dunbar & C. Leblanc, REVIEW OF THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR BROADCASTING SERVICES IN CANADA (Ottawa, 31 August 2007), http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2008/crtc/BC92-62-2007E.pdf
2008 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, CB/Radio-Canada: Defining Distinctiveness in the Changing Media Landscape:  Report, (Ottawa, February 2008) 39th Parl., 2nd Sess.,  http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/39-2/CHPC/report-6/
2008 CRTC, Perspectives on Canadian Broadcasting in New Media ­ a compilation of research and stakeholder views (Ottawa, May 2008) Revised June 2008, http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2009/crtc/BC92-65-2008E.pdf
2008 Competition Policy Review Panel, Compete to Win: Final Report, (Ottawa, June 2008), https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cprp-gepmc.nsf/eng/h_00040.html
2010 Convergence Policy, Policy Development and Research, CRTC, Navigating Convergence: Charting Canadian Communications Change and Regulatory Implications, (Ottawa, February 2010), https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/rp1002.htm
2010 Report of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology  CANADA’S FOREIGN OWNERSHIP RULES AND REGULATIONS IN THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR, (Ottawa, JUNE 2010)  https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/40-3/INDU/report-5/, 40th Parl., 3rd Sess.
2011 CRTC, Navigating Convergence II: Charting Canadian Communications Change and Regulatory Implications, (Ottawa, 2011), http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.694893/publication.html
2011 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Emerging and Digital Media: Opportunities and Challenges, Report (Ottawa, February 2011), 40th Parl. 3rd Sess., http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/40-3/CHPC/report-7/
2011 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Impacts of Private Television Ownership Changes and the Move Towards New Viewing Platforms: Report, (Ottawa, March 2011) 40th Parl. 3rd Sess., https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/40-3/CHPC/report-9/
2012 Report of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, E-COMMERCE IN CANADA: PURSUING THE PROMISE, (Ottawa, May 2012) 41st Parl., 1st Sess., https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/41-1/INDU/report-1/page-5
2014 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Review of the Feature Film Industry in Canada: Report, (Ottawa, June 2014), 41sst Parl., 2nd Sess., http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/41-2/CHPC/report-14/
2014 Michael Dewing, legal and Social Affairs Division, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Canadian Broadcasting Policy, Pub. No. 2011-9-E (Ottawa, 23 June 2011), revised 6 Aug 2014, http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/bdp-lop/bp/2011-39-2-eng.pdf
2015 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Review of the Feature Film Industry in Canada:  Report, (Ottawa, June 2015), 41st Parl., 2nd Sess., http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2015/parl/xc61-1/XC61-1-1-412-14-eng.pdf.
2015 Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, Time for change: the CBC/Radio-Canada in the twenty-first century, Report, (Ottawa, 2015), http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.802332/publication.html
2016 House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, INTERIM REPORT ON MEDIA STUDY: The Impact of Digital Technology, Report 3, Presented to the House: December 8, 2016
2017 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Disruption:  Change and churning in Canada’s media landscape (Ottawa, 15 June 2017), http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/CHPC/report-6/
2018 Canadian Heritage, Creative Canada – A Vision for Canada’s Creative Industries, (Ottawa, 28 September 2017), https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/creative-canada/framework.html