Canada's Online News Act explained


Bill C-18, the Online News Act, received Royal Assent on June 22. Here’s a Q&A to help explain what C-18 is, where things stand, and what the next steps are.

Why do we need C-18?

To address the negotiating imbalance between news publishers and platforms.

In the lead up to C-18, both Google and Meta did deals with some larger publishers. C-18 is intended to ensure that more publishers — those who produce original public interest journalism of general interest to Canadians — get to the negotiating table with the platforms. It’s important for publishers to be compensated for the value of the content our journalists produce in order to sustain news businesses across Canada and keep Canadians informed and engaged.

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