Cultural Affairs Sector - Canadian Heritage

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Cultural Affairs Sector

Canada's culture is expressed through the television shows and movies we watch, the radio programs and music we listen to, and the books, magazines and newspapers that we read. These "cultural industries" generate and deliver pictures, words and sounds that reflect a Canadian perspective on the world in which we live.

Canadians enjoy cultural products from many countries, and Canadian artists and creators are appreciated around the world.

But Canada has a relatively small and diverse population, and we live next door to the most powerful and pervasive culture in the world.

For those reasons, the federal government provides programs and policies, including copyright policies and foreign investment review guidelines for proposed foreign investments in cultural industries, that encourage Canadian cultural expression - in all its diversity - and that ensure Canadians have access to their own cultural products.

Our goal is to develop a sustainable, competitive environment in Canada for the production and distribution of Canadian content in all media, including film, radio, television, publishing, video and sound recording, and new media.