New system for funding Canadian content would rely on tax credits

Canada desperately needs an update to its cultural policies but, like many Liberal initiatives, the review announced last spring by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly feels pretty mushy. To date, the consultations about nurturing Canadian-content creation seem mainly to have produced pieties about the digital age but few concrete suggestions.

Enter Richard Stursberg, former CBC executive and Telefilm chief executive officer. Commissioned by Rogers Communications Inc. to consider the issues, Stursberg has come up with his own bold plan to remake the funding system for Canadian content. Presenting his report “Cultural Policy for the Digital Age” at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society Wednesday, Stursberg unveiled three pillars of agnosticism.Sounds like an ancient Greek philosophy – or perhaps a style of architecture – but what it refers to is a system that funds Canadian creation regardless of its platform, its producer or its content. His …