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In 1971, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) established Canadian Content regulations in order to support Canadian artists and Canadian content. According to current regulations, radio stations (in both English and French) must ensure that at least 35% of the music broadcast each week is Canadian content, and at least 35% of the music broadcast between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday is Canadian content (50% if the station is owned by CBC or Radio-Canada). What is "Canadian Content" is defined by the MAPL system (Music Artist Performance Lyrics) as described here.

According to the CRTC, the purpose of CanCon regulations can be summed up as:

"Canadian attitudes, opinions, ideas, values and artistic creativity are shaped by our history and geography, our institutions and our linguistic and cultural diversity. They're part of our shared experience and our Canadian identity. The Broadcasting Act recognizes this and declares that the Canadian broadcasting system should encourage the development of Canadian expression"

To the layman, the purpose of CanCon is evident in the explosion of Canadian artists and musicians since the 1970s; there are now more than enough artists to support 100% Canadian Radio stations (check out one here). Similarly, MuchMusic, the Canadian version of MTV, never had a significant problem with CanCon for itself and helped give native acts a big boost both by passively abiding by those regs and actively funding new talent itself.

Famous musicians from Canada:

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    British Columbia 


    New Brunswick 

    Newfoundland and Labrador 

    Nova Scotia 


    Prince Edward Island 



    The Territories 
  • Susan Aglukark (Nunavut, although it was still NWT when she started her singing career)
  • Kim Beggs (Yukon)
  • Digawolf (Northwest Territories)
  • Gurdeep Pandher (Yukon, primarily a dancer)
  • The Jerry Cans (Nunavut)
  • Riit (Nunavut)
  • Tanya Tagaq (Nunavut)