Welcome to the Task Force for Cultural Diversity on Television
Canada is one of most culturally diverse places in the world. With
a host of constitutional and legislative measures, including an
official policy on multiculturalism, Canada has embraced its ethno-cultural
diversity in both policy and practice.
Cultural diversity in the media, especially as reflected and portrayed
on television, has been the subject of debate, study and action
by many nations. In Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC), the regulator that oversees Canadian broadcasting,
has a mandate to ensure that all broadcasters contribute to a system
that accurately reflects the presence of cultural, ethnic and racial
minorities, and Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
In 2002, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) established
the Task Force for Cultural Diversity on Television comprised of
five industry and four non-industry representatives. The Task Force
is pleased to present its report and accompanying research study
representing the findings and outcome of nearly two years' work
examining the reflection and portrayal of cultural diversity on
Canadian private television. The Report is a leading, groundbreaking
initiative within the international body of diversity research and
study and thanks to an approach to research that applied a number
of measures, the study which accompanies the Report is without question
the most comprehensive of its kind ever undertaken.
In combining a wide-ranging study with a broad set of recommended
Best Practices and Industry Initiatives, the Report of the Task
Force represents both an opportunity and a challenge for Canada's
private broadcasters. While inroads have been made in reflecting
and portraying cultural diversity on television, and many positive
examples exist, the challenge for broadcasters will be to build
on this foundation in a way that benefits their increasingly diverse
audiences and their businesses.
These web pages include the full Report and accompanying research
study, information about the Task Force members, an outline of our
very ambitious research agenda, submissions to the CRTC and related
information and links about Canada's cultural diversity.
On behalf of the Task Force for Cultural Diversity on Television,
we hope you find this website informative.