Granting a licence to a national multilingual and multi-ethnic discretionary service

Where
Canada
When
2020
Who
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The CRTC recognized that there was an exceptional need for a national multilingual and multi-ethnic discretionary television service that could offer Canadians new, affordable and timely shows from a Canadian perspective in several languages. On May 23, 2019, following a competitive process, the CRTC granted a licence to Rogers Media Inc. to allow it to operate a national multilingual and multi-ethnic television service offering programs in 20 languages.

Among other things, the service contributes to Canadian expression and reflects Canadian attitudes by ensuring that a significant portion of its programming is produced by independent producers, is diverse and meets the needs of various ethnic and third-language communities across Canada from a Canadian perspective. The service will also help achieve the objectives of the Broadcasting Act.

Under the CRTC decision, the OMNI Regional service must therefore now be included in all basic digital television packages in Canada so it can be offered to the widest audience.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

All Canadians, including new residents and citizens whose mother tongue is not English or French, who subscribe to a cable or satellite distribution undertaking can have access to the multilingual and multi-ethnic news and information programming offered by the OMNI Regional service.

As this is a conventional television service, it can also be accessed locally by antenna.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

The OMNI Regional service must be distributed in the basic packages of all cable or satellite companies and receive a royalty. From September 1, 2020, to August 31, 2023, the rate paid shall be USD 0.14 (CAD 0.19) per month per subscriber.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Rogers Media Inc.
Private Sector
All cable and satellite companies
Private Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts