Technology and Infrastructure
With 58 content production sites, the largest broadcast transmission network in the world (739 radio transmitters and 27 digital television transmitters distributed across 525 sites), and a real estate portfolio of 3.8 million square feet, CBC/Radio-Canada has a large portfolio of capital assets that is valued at $2.3 billion (with a net book value of $777 million) as at March 31, 2018.
CBC/Radio-Canada has a base capital appropriation from the Government of Canada of $92.3 million per year. In 2017-2018, we added to this amount by transferring an additional $15.5 million from our operating appropriation to satisfy payments on bonds used to finance the Canadian Broadcast Centre in Toronto. As required by subsection 54(4) of the Broadcasting Act, we present our capital budget to the Minister of Canadian Heritage in our Corporate Plan and then submit it to the government for approval.