What is Canadian content?

Gov't seeks to define qualifications

TORONTO — The Canadian government has launched a review of the definition of Canadian content as it applies to film and television production.

Canadian content definitions are used to determine whether a film or TV production qualifies for government funding and subsidies and which programs fulfill the cultural requirements imposed by Canada’s broadcast regulatory body, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Canadian broadcasters must fulfil a series of local content requirements as conditions of holding a license.

“Today’s definitions of Canadian content for film and television have been in place for 30 years,” said Heritage Minister Sheila Copps in a statement. “We are asking Canadians to help us define what makes a film or television production Canadian.”

Production activity in Canada in 2000-2001 totaled nearly C$5 billion ($3.13 billion), of which Canadian certified production activity was $1.25 billion. Former Telefilm Canada executive director Francois Macerola will head the review and produce a report to the minister.

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