CRTC Approves French-language Captioning Standards


Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commisson (CRTC) approved mandatory standards for French-language closed captioning.

The commission said that mandatory standards proposed by a French-language closed captioning working group are achievable, measurable and enforceable.

The commission said captioning for French-language programs must target an accuracy rate of 100 per cent, which also includes spelling. With respect to live programming, the CRTC proposed an accuracy rate of 85 percent. The CRTC said the proposed rate provides broadcasters with an appropriate amount of flexibility.

For more information, visit the CRTC’s page about the new quality standards.