The CBSC plays a special role in the Canadian broadcasting industry, dealing with complaints and questions from the public about the programming of private broadcasters. With the support of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) and the approval of the CRTC, the Council promotes self-regulation in programming matters by Canada's private sector broadcasters.
Any private broadcaster licensed by the CRTC or benefitting from a CRTC licensing exemption can be a CBSC Broadcaster Associate. This includes conventional radio and television stations, specialty and pay television services and satellite radio providers. Participation is voluntary.
The codes administered by the CBSC go beyond what is required by Canadian laws and broadcasting regulations. By taking part, you demonstrate your station’s commitment to responsible broadcasting.
Any complaints that raise issues under the codes administered by the CBSC are kept off a station’s CRTC public file and should not influence CRTC licensing renewal decisions.
Broadcaster Associates can access resources to assist with programming decisions and participation in the CBSC complaints resolution process such as Fact Sheets, Annotated Codes, policies, and procedures.
CAB membership fees contribute to the funding of the CBSC. If you are a CAB member, there are no additional fees to participate in the CBSC. You need to complete a separate CBSC Associate registration form and sign an Associate agreement. Non CAB members may also participate directly in the CBSC for a fee.