Notice to BPF Stakeholders and Claimants Regarding BPF Fund Diminishment
Please read the announcement of recent developments.
Caution To Potential Applications For Cost Awards
The funds available to the Broadcasting Participation Fund ("BPF") are currently limited as described in the letter below to the Fund’s Stakeholders. This letter informs the Stakeholders that the Fund will be materially depleted in 2022 unless significant additional funds are received. The BPF strongly encourages potential costs awards applicants to take this information into account when planning interventions in Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission broadcasting proceedings. A significant risk exists that the Fund will not be in a financial position to award costs at some point in 2022.
View the letter to stakeholders
BPF Procedural Changes
Effective January 1, 2021, an application for costs must be filed no later than 12-months after the day fixed by the CRTC for the filing of final representations. Claims received after this 12-month period will not be considered by the BPF Board unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated as to why the 12-month filing period could not be met. The BPF Board reserves the right to determine when an exceptional circumstance exists. (This new limitation policy does not have retroactive effect with respect to applications received prior to January 1, 2021.)
Effective November 1, 2020, the BPF is expanding the current interim cost award process to include applications from applicants who have made written submissions to the CRTC and have participated responsibly; and
1. If the CRTC has then subsequently postponed or suspended the next phase of the proceeding without setting a specific date for that phase to begin, or
2. If the CRTC has then subsequently postponed or suspended the next phase of the proceeding to a date more than 6 months after the intervention deadline.
This website contains information to aid public interest and consumer groups in making an application for funding to the Broadcasting Participation Fund to help offset the costs of participating in the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) broadcasting proceedings.
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