About Us

Who We Are


    We are Canada’s national public broadcaster and we are guided by the Broadcasting Act.


    CBC/Radio-Canada expresses Canadian culture and enriches the lives of all Canadians through a wide range of content that informs, enlightens and entertains.


    CBC/Radio-Canada will be the public space at the heart of our conversations and experiences as Canadians.

In a world of limitless global content, our mandate is more relevant now than ever before. The 1991 Broadcasting Act states that our programming should:

  • Be predominantly and distinctively Canadian;
  • Reflect Canada and its regions to national and regional audiences, while serving the special needs of those regions;
  • Actively contribute to the flow and exchange of cultural expression;
  • Be in English and in French, reflecting the different needs and circumstances of each official language community, including the particular needs and circumstances of English and French linguistic minorities;
  • Strive to be of equivalent quality in English and in French;
  • Contribute to a shared national consciousness and identity;
  • Be made available throughout Canada by the most appropriate and efficient means and as resources become available for the purpose; and
  • Reflect the multicultural and multiracial nature of Canada.

In addition to our domestic mandate, we are also required by section 46(2) of the Act to provide an international service, Radio Canada International (RCI). In keeping with that requirement, RCInet.ca is available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin.

Diagram detailing accountability measures at CBC/Radio-Canada.
  • CREATIVITY: We are curious and driven to create.
  • RELEVANCE: We have passion for our purpose.
  • INCLUSIVENESS: We are stronger together.
  • INTEGRITY: We stand up for what’s right.

In establishing and operating our broadcasting activities, we are expected to comply with licensing and other regulatory requirements established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), as well as any requirements under the Radiocommunication Act that may apply to our use of the radiocommunication spectrum.

Our organizational values are at the core of how we work. They support our strategic plan and underpin the behaviours and culture needed to achieve our mission and vision. These values are not just words. They articulate the best of what we are already and how we want to be recognized by Canadians, and they guide the implementation of our strategic initiatives.