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Fix Bill C-11

Do you want the government to control your content and profit from the success you’ve worked so hard to achieve? Our guess is no. If Bill C-11 passes, that is exactly what can happen. Here is what you need to know, and how to make your voice heard.


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We are disappointed that the Government refused to protect the content we post and see online and protect the businesses of Digital First Creators in Canada.

After years of explaining the possible impacts of the bill on the internet, Digital Creators were ultimately dismissed in favour of legacy media lobby groups.

You will find a summary from Michael Geist on what happened here.

What does this mean?

  • The CRTC (a government regulator) has the ability to direct platforms to change how they surface and promote content
  • User Generated Content is within the scope of the new law


What happens next?

  • The Government will issue a policy directive to instruct the CRTC on how to regulate the new powers in Bill-C11
  • There will then be CRTC public hearings, and this will be a key opportunity to have your voice heard
  • The CRTC will then make regulations


What does this mean for Digital Creators today?

  • In the short term, not much, the CRTC process will take some time
  • We will have to wait to see the policy directive and what the CRTC decide to do
  • It does mean that today the Government has failed to recognize Digital Creators as a vibrant part of Canadian Culture worthy of protection


What Can You Do?

  • Do not stop expressing your disappointment. The Government still needs to hear from us
  • Stay informed. Follow DFC on twitter for information on CRTC consultations https://twitter.com/DigitalFirstCan
  • Get involved. Email info@digitalfirstcanada.ca if you are a Creator that would like to be more active in the important upcoming activities


We are extremely grateful for all the support, emails and phone calls made by Digital Creators and their fans, and we will not stop fighting.


In its current form, Bill C-11 gives the CRTC authority to:

Dictate how and where your content appears on digital platforms.

Affect your discoverability by artificially promoting some creators over others. Viewers may be pushed to watch content they aren’t interested in, resulting in more skips and thumbs down, which would impact how your content is exported to global audiences, lowering viewership and revenue.

Apply complex “CanCon” rules that require you to prove your content is “Canadian” enough. This is easy for large Canadian media companies with teams who have been following these rules for decades, and makes it harder for smaller creators to benefit from any financial or promotional gain.

Push your content down in feeds if it doesn’t meet CanCon requirements.

Regulate the length and type of advertising on your channel, which could mean less money in your pocket.





Myth: Bill C-11 does not regulate user-generated content

Myth: Bill C-11 makes content by talented artists/creators more accessible to Canadians

Myth: Bill C-11 does not apply to individual Canadians

Myth: Bill C-11 supports Canadian digital-first creators

Myth: Bill C-11 is flexible, fair and modern


Fact: Bill C-11 regulates user-generated content

Fact: Bill C-11 lets the CRTC decide what content is recommended to viewers

Fact: Bill C-11 applies antiquated broadcasting regulation to digital creators

Fact: Applying discoverability rules to creator’s content puts their livelihood and global audience at risk

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