Research and Commentaries


Bill C-10 and the CRTC:  Ensuring procedural fairness, FRPC research note (Ottawa, January 2021)


Side-by-side comparison of the 1991 Broadcasting Act and sections of other statutes with the provisions of Bill C-10 (Ottawa, November 2020)

Bleak House:  Accountability and Canada’s national public broadcaster, FRPC Research Note (Ottawa, September 2020)

FRPC’s Chair:  “We need a public hearing about the role of CBC”Ottawa Citizen (31 August 2020), opinion.

Chasing down CBC’s strategy:  from the one-page plan set out in CBC’s 2019 licence renewal applications, to the 53-page Strategic plan approved by CBC’s Board of Directors in March 2019, FRPC Research Note (Ottawa, March 2020)

An analysis of CBC’s financial history from 1937 to 2019:  We tried to follow the money; Frodo had it easier, FRPC Research paper (Ottawa, February 2020)


Eyes Wide Shut (21 August 2019), guest commentary from Kealy Wilkinson on the short- to medium-term future of Canadian television

Meetings of the CRTC, 2007-2018 (5 April 2019), results from an analysis of meetings of the CRTC’s Commissioners, from 1 January 2007, to 31 December 2018; information on which the research is based is available here

Not so much research by the Forum, but a list of submissions to the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review panel which have been made public


The CRTC’s costs-orders process in telecommunications:  a year later, (3 December 2018), results from an updated analysis of CRTC telecom costs orders from 2013 to November 2018 =>and an update (17 December 2018) with respect to the argument that proceedings’ complexity explains the length of time taken by the CRTC to issue costs orders

CRTC data on Parliament’s goals for broadcasting and telecommunications:  what do we know? (29 October 2018), analysis of the data presented by the CRTC in its 2017 Communications Monitoring Report, and six questions about gaps in the data

Canadians’ views on mobile data (11 June 2018) Results from a survey commissioned by the FRPC with respect to TNoC CRTC 2018-98

Who decides what? Transparency in CRTC decision-making (12 June 2018), recommendations for Parliament with respect to decision-making transparency

Blocking access to Internet sites (Gatineau, 29 March 2018), Results from a survey commissioned by the FRPC with respect to Application 8663-A182-201800467


Finding data about Canadian broadcasting, telecommunications and convergence (Ottawa, 28 November 2017), Suggestions for data, analysis and research related to Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications

The CRTC’s Costs-Order Process in Telecommunications, (Ottawa, 24 November 2017), Results from an analysis of CRTC telecom costs orders from 2013 to November 2017.

Changing the 2013 Wireless Code:  Canadians’ views in January 2017, (Ottawa, 24 February 2017) Results from a survey commissioned by the Forum for Research and Policy in Communications (FRPC)