Canadian contentCanadian content
is the requirement that radio
broadcasters (including cable TV
networks) must air a certain percentage
that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada
. It is enforced by the government agency, CRTC
. This is what is referred to as the MAPL system.
To qualify as Canadian content a musical selection must generally fulfill at least two of the following conditions:
- M (music) -- the music is composed entirely by a Canadian.
- A (artist) -- the music is, or the lyrics are, performed principally by a Canadian.
- P (production) -- the musical selection consists of a live performance that is
- (i) recorded wholly in Canada, or
- (ii) performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada.
- L (lyrics) -- the lyrics are written entirely by a Canadian.
There are four special cases where a musical selection may qualify as Canadian content:
- The musical selection was recorded before January 1972 and meets one of the above conditions.
- It is an instrumental performance of a musical composition written or composed by a Canadian.
- It is a performance of a musical composition that a Canadian has composed for instruments only.
- The musical selection was performed live or recorded after September 1, 1991 and, in addition to meeting the criterion for either artist or production, a Canadian who has collaborated with a non-Canadian receives at least half of the credit for both music and lyrics.
A major motivation is the fear that without a regulatory system, independent Canadian popular culture would be swallowed up by that of the neighboring United States
Some other countries employ similar systems. For example, Australian broadcasters are required to broadcast a certain percentage of Australian content alongside international content.
Can-con also inspired the name of the band Kon Kan.
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