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Canadian content

Canadian content or can-con is the requirement that radio and television broadcasters (including cable TV networks) must air a certain percentage of content 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:

There are four special cases where a musical selection may qualify as Canadian content:

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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