Aid for Sisyphus: Incentives and Canadian Content Regulation in Broadcasting


  • H. N. Janisch



Measured against recent developments in Canadian content regulation in broadcasting, claims of an overall shift to incentive-policy instruments seem exaggerated. Nevertheless, even here there are signs of some move away from exclusive reliance on command-and-control type regulation in favour of investment incentives for indigenous programming. In documenting this shift from "sticks to carrots" it is suggested that it would be inappropriate to think in terms of the traditional notions of administrative law fair procedures, although some minimal concept of "orderliness" in applying incentives might be appropriate.