What Constitutes a Canadian Podcast?
Just like in film, television and radio, we podcasters may find ourselves in murky waters, from time to time, trying to differentiate our media from that of our friends to the south, east, west, under the bridge and across the pond. Co-productions are real, and co-productions are good. We don’t want want to effectively penalize any Canadian creators for working with non-Canadians; however, how do make sure a Canadian production is Canadian enough? This guide will walk you through the qualification criteria for nominees in the Canadian Podcasting Awards.
Let’s Take a Moment to Acknowledge Our Sources
In 1984, after five years of consultations, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the CRTC) adopted their points system for the validation of Canadian content. The points system they decided on back then is still the one used today and is the backbone of the national concept of “CanCon.” It is with those regulations in mind that we’ve in turn built our standards for defining podcasts that are eligible for consideration and inclusion in the Canadian Podcasting Awards.
OK, So Who’s In?
To be applicable for inclusion and consideration in the Canadian Podcasting Awards, podcast feeds must meet the following criteria as it pertains to their status as a “Canadian” podcast:
- The producer must be Canadian. The scope of this criterion can pertain to a commercial production company or an independent producer.
- At least 50% of the podcast hosts or performers must be Canadian or a permanent resident of Canada.
- In cases where podcasts are produced by a team, it must be demonstrated that the majority of the team members (more than 50%) are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
All That Being Said, We Aren’t the Podcast Police
In some cases, we may be contacting podcast producers to qualify or validate their productions against these criteria. The validation process only involves written descriptions and explanations through a respectful conversation. We’re not asking for your papers and assume that all nominations and arguments for inclusion in the process are made in good faith. In general, we assume that our community members have read and understood these criteria in advance and for the most part we allow our community members to self-regulate.
Any questions or concerns about this process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- Must be a host or technical producer within the industry.
- Must have appeared, or credited, on 10 episodes of a single podcast