When Bill C-10 was announced, OpenMedia campaigned against it. Even in its original form, Bill C-10 was a dangerous failure. It threatened to drive major online platforms out of Canada, while doing nothing to reform our broken system for determining and supporting official Canadian content, or support the homegrown Canadian creators already flourishing on the social web.3
A lone bright spot of the bill was the specific exemption to regulation granted for user-generated content, highlighted in the government’s own press release, and characterized by the Department of Justice as a “carefully tailored” limitation to the Bill’s scope.4, 5
In our worst nightmares, we never expected the government would break its own bill this badly, charging the CRTC with regulating every single one of the individual YouTube channels, TikToks and podcasts that we post and consume every day.
But that’s exactly what removing user-generated content exceptions from Bill C-10 accomplishes. No matter how the current government may promise it will direct the CRTC to limit its use of these new powers – once they’re written in law, those extreme new powers are there to stay. Current and future governments could easily demand the CRTC crack down and limit how user content in Canada appears on the web – without ever needing public approval or parliament to vote again.
That’s simply too much power to give to any government-appointed agency. If you haven’t already, tell your MP to vote NO on Bill C-10, and demand Broadcasting reform that is actually about supporting Canadian arts and culture – not censoring the Internet.