Canadian content (CanCon, cancon or can-con) refers to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) requirements, derived from the Broadcasting Act of Canada, that radio and television broadcasters (including cable and satellite specialty channels) must air a certain percentage of content that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada. It also refers to that content itself, and, more generally, to cultural and creative content that is Canadian in nature.
The loss of the protective Canadian content quota requirements is one of the concerns of those opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Canada entered into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral free trade agreement, in October 2012
How the MAPL system works
To qualify as Canadian content a musical selection must generally fulfill at least two of the following conditions:
M (music) — the music is composed entirely by a Canadian
A (artist) — the music is, or the lyrics are, performed principally by a Canadian
P (performance) — the musical selection consists of a performance that is:
Recorded wholly in Canada, or
Performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada.
L (lyrics) — the lyrics are written entirely by a Canadian
What constitutes a Canadian under the MAPL system
The CRTC states that for the purposes of the MAPL system, a Canadian can be defined by one of the following:
Permanent resident as defined by the 1976 Immigration Act
Person whose ordinary place of residence was Canada for the six months immediately preceding their contribution to a musical composition, performance or concert
Licensee, i.e., a person licensed to operate a radio station