New legislation in Canada will require video platforms such as TikTok and YouTube to feature Canadian content.
The bill, known as Bill C-11, was approved by the Canadian House of Commons on Wednesday and needs only a mostly ceremonial vote in the Senate to pass. It will apply a series of regulations regularly used for broadcast media to require video streaming platforms to show Canadians a certain 'quota' of Canadian-created content.
"We made a decision a long, long time ago to be different from our neighbors to the south. We love them, but we're not them. We're different," Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez told the Wall Street Journal. Rodriguez emphasized that these policies would help create cultural jobs in Canada, make Canadian content more accessible, and help citizens find "homegrown Canadian music and stories."