Canadian broadcasters, licensed by the CRTC, have a legal obligation to make broadcasting time available for purchase by registered and eligible political parties during a general election.
The Canada Elections Act provides for the appointment of a Broadcasting Arbitrator who allocates broadcasting time to parties under the Act, issues guidelines concerning the obligations of broadcasters during a general election, and arbitrates disputes between political parties and broadcasters concerning the application of the Act. Peter S. Grant, a lawyer specializing in broadcasting matters, has been the Broadcasting Arbitrator since 1992. He may be reached by telephone at 416-601-7620, by cellphone at 647-588-7620 or by fax at 416-868-0673.
For more on the role of the Broadcasting Arbitrator, see the document below.
Read all about the rules and find out how they were applied in the last general election by clicking on the links below.
- Broadcasting Arbitrator's Guidelines
- Allocation of Paid Broadcasting Time
- Allocation of Free Broadcasting Time
- CRTC Guidelines for Broadcast Licensees (on CRTC web site)