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Trudeau Moves to Force Netflix, Disney to Promote Canadian Shows

  • Update to broadcasting laws would help fund local content
  • Government still weighing how best to tax digital giants
Regulating streaming services could raise as much as C$830 million a year by 2023, the Canadian government said.

Regulating streaming services could raise as much as C$830 million a year by 2023, the Canadian government said.

Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

Justin Trudeau’s government is giving itself the power to regulate streaming services like Netflix Inc., including forcing them to contribute financially to Canadian shows.

With a change to broadcasting legislation, the government says it is trying to create a more even playing field between digital giants and traditional domestic television networks, which are already required to pay minimum amounts toward Canadian programming.