Pablo Rodriguez vows to act swiftly after receiving final BTLR report

The Minister of Canadian Heritage said he recently spoke with the review panel chair Janet Yale to "discuss the urgency to take action."

pablo-rodriguezPablo Rodriguez has issued an expanded statement following the release of the “What We Heard Report” last week, promising to act swiftly once the review panel’s final report has been submitted to government and reiterating his intention to mandate that “web giants” contribute to the creation of Canadian content.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism said he would take the “appropriate measures” to ensure that “all players, including the web giants” contribute to the creation of Cancon, offer meaningful levels of it in their catalogues and promote it on their platforms.

Rodriguez added that following the release of the report, he had spoken with Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review (BTLR) panel chair Janet Yale to “discuss the urgency to take action.”

“She assured me that the panel’s work is on time and that the Government can expect a final report in January 2020 at the latest,” he said, adding that Heritage will “take appropriate measures swiftly” following the receipt of the final report.

As well as the final report, the BTLR panel has also commissioned a number of other reports and research papers to help inform the recommendations it will put forth. Those supplementary reports are also set to be released alongside the final report in January 2020, though the result of the federal election will likely play a role in how those recommendations are used.

Last week Rodriguez issued a short tweet saying the Department of Canadian Heritage would require web giants to create Canadian content and promote it on their platforms.

Those comments came immediately on the heels of the “What We Heard” report, which served as a summary of the 2,085 submissions received during the public consultation process, as well as around 150 meetings with industry stakeholders.