1. Why did it take a year to become operational once the CRTC approved the proposal to establish the BPF?
The CRTC approved the proposal to establish the BPF on March 26, 2012. Articles of Incorporation, the Stakeholder Agreement and the By-law were subsequently prepared. On August 7, 2012, the CRTC amended the documents for establishing the BPF in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-181-1. Broadcasting Industry Stakeholders and Consumer/Public Interest Stakeholders were recruited, a Provisional Board was created, nominations for the Board of Directors were obtained and the Board was elected. A competitive process was held to select a Costs Officer. Once the Costs Officer was selected, procedures and systems were developed to manage the BPF, including the creation of this website.
2. How long will it take to hear if my costs submission will be approved?
The Fund became operational in April 2013. Costs can be submitted in respect of prior hearings and a significant backlog of submissions is on hand. Your patience is appreciated as this backlog is cleared.
Once the claim is approved, payment will be processed immediately.