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Allocation of Free Broadcasting Time

Under the Canada Elections Act, in a general election, all network operators that provided free broadcasting time in the previous general election must provide as much free broadcasting time to registered and eligible parties as they did during the previous election. The time must be provided to the parties in proportion to the allocation of paid broadcasting time. The free time that the networks were required to allocate to the parties in the 2011 federal general election is shown below.


Allocation of free time – 41st general election*

Political party CBC-TV
SRC-TV
CBC Radio One
SRC Première chaîne
TVA
TQS
Radio-Média
Conservative Party of Canada 56:30 32:00 16:30
Liberal Party of Canada 38:00 21:30 11:00
New Democratic Party 26:00 15:00 8:00
Bloc Québécois 20:00 11:30 6:00
Green Party of Canada 13:00 7:30 4:00
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada 5:30 3:00 1:30
Christian Heritage Party of Canada 5:30 3:00 1:30
Libertarian Party of Canada 5:00 3:00 1:30
Communist Party of Canada 5:00 3:00 1:30
Canadian Action Party 4:30 2:30 1:30
Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada 4:00 2:00 1:00
First Peoples National Party of Canada 4:00 2:00 1:00
Marijuana Party 4:00 2:00 1:00
People's Political Power Party of Canada 4:00 2:00 1:00
Progressive Canadian Party 4:00 2:00 1:00
Rhinoceros Party 4:00 2:00 1:00
Western Block Party 4:00 2:00 1:00
Pirate Party of Canada 3:30 2:00 1:00
United Party of Canada 3:30 2:00 1:00
Total number of minutes 214:00 120:00 62:00

* Due to rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown.