Canadian broadcasters, licensed by the CRTC, have a legal obligation to make broadcasting time available for purchase by registered and eligible political parties during a general election.
The Canada Elections Act provides for the appointment of a Broadcasting Arbitrator who allocates broadcasting time to parties under the Act, issues guidelines concerning the obligations of broadcasters during a general election, and arbitrates disputes between political parties and broadcasters concerning the application of the Act.
Monica Song, public law lawyer and litigator, was reappointed as the Broadcasting Arbitrator in March 2022. She can be reached by telephone at 613-783-9698, by cellphone at 613-302-2372 or by fax at 613-783-9690.
For more on the role of the Broadcasting Arbitrator, see the document below.
Read all about the rules and find out how they were applied in the last general election by clicking on the links below.