Canada’s Online News Act is angering Meta and Google. Here’s a timeline on how we got here.


As part of our ongoing platforms and publishers research, the Tow Center is tracking Canada’s Online News Act, or Bill C-18, as it advances through parliament. The bill, which is modeled after Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code, would require digital platforms who benefit from distributing news publishers’ content to share their revenues with news businesses. To better understand these legislative developments and the lobbying efforts that have shaped the bill, Tow is providing the following database and timelines for historical context, and to illustrate the relationship between platforms — Google and Meta (formerly Facebook) — and Canadian publishers.

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