How to unleash Canadian creativity in the digital age

September 26, 2019

The advent of the digital age has radically changed the way Canadians create and consume cultural content. However, despite the radical changes in economic and technological forces, Canada’s broadcasting and cultural policy frameworks remain stuck in the 1960s. Because of this outdated, domestic-facing policy framework, the paper makes the case that Canadian creators and producers are falling behind in the new, dynamic global marketplace. Rather than promoting Canadian content, the current model effectively serves to limit high-quality Canadian-created or produced movies, shows, and other products. Thus, Golick and Speer argue that policy-makers ought to act ambitiously when it comes to updating the cultural policy framework for the digital age. This would require leveraging the new and evolving digital revolution to cultivate a dynamic and ultimately self-sufficient cultural industry.