CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain Canadians is even more relevant now, in a world of limitless global content, than it was when we were founded in the 1930s – at a time when Canada worried about a wave of American culture overwhelming our own unique identity. Since that time, we've had the privilege to be given a place in Canadians’ homes and, on their desktops, tablets and smartphones; to offer them a Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs, distinct drama, uniquely Canadian humour, and a commitment to arts, music and documentary programming not found anywhere else. We meet our mandate in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. Our work enables francophones to connect with their language and culture in a world dominated by English.
But our value to the country goes well beyond informing and entertaining; we’re at the very heart of Canada's cultural ecosystem. Culture is a major contributor to the Canadian economy, generating almost $93 billion annually. Our work supports a thriving Canadian artistic community and creative sector, including the many artists, filmmakers, writers and producers in our country. Every incremental dollar invested in CBC/Radio-Canada creates an economic multiplier of 2.11 in gross value added (GVA) to the Canadian economy by generating broader economic activity through our predominantly Canadian suppliers.
Culture is a major contributor to the Canadian economy, generating almost $93 billion annually.
Our work supports job creation in the creative sector, contributing to stronger local economies. In television alone, our investment in Canadian programs supports more than 10,000 jobs in the Canadian economy.
Beyond our direct contribution to the economy, we also nurture local talent. We have been an important stepping stone for many Canadian artists, often at a critical moment early in their careers, providing a forum to showcase Canadian talent to the country and to the world.
This is our legacy. But it’s also our future. The world is changing, and so are we.