On April 27, 2023, Bill C-11 passed the Senate, as fundamentally broken as it was when it first left the House. Despite opposition from over 100,000 Canadians, the bill was passed without crucial amendments that would have protected user-generated content and online choices.2,3
Under the new law, user-generated content can be regulated as broadcasting by the CRTC, and our feeds and search results can be overruled to show content that the government deems "officially Canadian."4 Without clear limits on this use, these broad powers put our online freedom and ability to freely view the content we want at risk.
There’s still a chance to fix this. The government's policy direction to the CRTC on HOW they apply Bill C-11 is a crucial opportunity to force them to respect user content and choice.
Senators have demanded that the government ensure that the policy direction respects user-generated content.5 Let's hold the government to its promise. A policy direction can give us some safeguards to ensure Bill C-11 does not in practice manipulate and regulate our content, feeds, and search results.
As Canadians, we deserve better than Bill C-11. We demand that our government takes action to protect our online choices and ensure that our posts and feeds are squarely off the table from being regulated.
The Minister of Canadian Heritage’s policy directive is our last chance to ensure that the application of Bill C-11 protects the rights of ALL Canadians. It's time they clean up their act. Let's stand up for our rights and ensure we have control over the content we see and post online. Sign our petition NOW to ensure the CRTC’s policy directive respects our choices and our feeds.