Broadcasting Distribution Regulations

Version of section 33.3 from 2006-03-22 to 2011-08-31:

  •  (1) A licensee that has a nominal capacity of at least 550 MHz in a licensed area and that makes use of digital technology for the delivery of any programming service in the licensed area shall distribute in the licensed area

    • (a) at least one English-language Canadian specialty service for every 10 French-language programming services distributed by the licensee in the licensed area, if the licensee is operating in a francophone market within the meaning of paragraph 18(4)(a);

    • (b) at least one French-language Canadian specialty service for every 10 English-language programming services distributed by the licensee in the licensed area, if the licensee is operating in an anglophone market within the meaning of paragraph 18(4)(b); and

    • (c) the English and French language versions of the House of Commons programming service.

  • (1.1) Except as otherwise provided under a condition of its licence, a licensee that delivers any programming service to any subscriber on a digital basis, shall distribute, on a digital basis,

    • (a) the programming service of a community-based low-power television station to the subscribers of the distribution undertaking who reside within the service area of the community-based low-power television station; and

    • (b) the programming service of a community-based digital undertaking to the subscribers of the distribution undertaking who reside within the service area of the community-based digital undertaking.

  • (2) A licensee whose licensed area is totally interconnected with another licensed area shall distribute in the first-mentioned licensed area the same number of programming services in the language of the official language minority as are distributed in the licensed area with which it is interconnected, unless the licensee does not have the technological capacity to do so.

  • (2.1) A licensee whose licensed area is totally interconnected with another licensed area shall distribute in the first-mentioned licensed area the English- and French-language versions of the House of Commons programming service with the same distribution status as in the licensed area with which it is interconnected, unless the licensee does not have the technological capacity to do so.

  • (3) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), any English-language programming service, other than a service that is required to be distributed in the licensed area pursuant to paragraph 9(1)(h) of the Act or section 17 of these Regulations, constitutes an English-language Canadian specialty service.

  • (4) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), any French-language programming service, other than a service that is required to be distributed in the licensed area pursuant to paragraph 9(1)(h) of the Act or section 17 of these Regulations, constitutes a French-language Canadian specialty service.

  • SOR/2001-334, s. 5
  • SOR/2002-322, s. 7
  • SOR/2003-217, s. 22
  • SOR/2003-458, s. 8
  • SOR/2006-11, s. 5(E)
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