OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 13, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced the launch of consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World. All Canadians are invited to join the conversation and participate in the consultation process on how to strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world.

Rapidly changing technological advances are affecting how Canadians produce and consume cultural content and, as a result, the cultural sector is facing new challenges and opportunities. These consultations will help the Government determine the best ways to assist the cultural sector in navigating these changes and seizing opportunities to contribute to Canada's economic growth and innovation.

This consultation process follows a pre-consultation questionnaire completed by close to 10,000 Canadians. Minister Joly also met with creators over the course of the summer to shape the approach to these consultations. She also sought advice and ongoing feedback from the multidisciplinary Expert Advisory Group announced in June.

With the launch of these consultations, Canadians are invited to visit the website, read about the approach and provide their suggestions on positioning Canada's cultural sector at the heart of Canada's creative economy.

Starting in September 2016, Minister Joly will host a series of in-person discussions across the country with representatives from a variety of sectors. Social media events will take place during the consultation period, allowing interested Canadians from across the country to comment on numerous topics and issues covered by the consultations. In addition, Canadians will have the opportunity to lead in-person discussions in their communities using the consultation kit available online.

These key consultations are an excellent opportunity for Canadians to share their views and ideas on the key topics covered by this exercise and to be part of the conversation.

Quick Facts

  • The Department of Canadian Heritage developed a discussion paper based on the pre-consultations to guide this phase of the consultations on "Canadian Content in a Digital World."
  • Through this process, the Government of Canada will listen to Canadians to learn how best to strengthen Canadian content creation, discovery and export in a digital world and to examine the federal government's current cultural-policy toolkit.
  • These discussions will be guided by three key principles. The approach will:
    • focus on respecting citizen choice and supporting creators in making great, compelling content
    • reflect Canada's incredible diversity in the content that is produced and support the production of news information and local content that is credible and reliable
    • drive social and economic innovation by forging strong links between creativity, economic growth and social resilience.
  • Canadians have until November 25 to provide input on the consultations on "Canadian Content in a Digital World."
  • On June 28, 2016, Minister Joly announced the composition of the Expert Advisory Group that will support her by acting as her sounding board to test ideas throughout the consultation process.


"Every day, we use our phones, our tablets and other devices to access music and apps, to watch movies and shows, to read and to research contemporary works of art. We all have our own way of enjoying Canadian culture. Today, I'm launching a national dialogue on Canadian content--one that will help us adapt our cultural policies to today's digital realities. I invite you to share what's important to you and your ideas to help Canada thrive in a digital world."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

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Consultations - Canadian Content in a Digital World

Expert Advisory Group Announced

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