Only in Canada, eh?

A friend of mine came across this symbol and he asked me for more details on the Canadian content requirements.



For a musical selection to qualify as Canadian or CANCON it must generally fulfill two of four Canadian content conditions known as MAPL:

M (Music): the music is composed entirely by a Canadian
A (Artist): the music is, or the lyrics are, performed principally by a Canadian
P (Production): the musical selection consists of a live performance that is recorded wholly in Canada, or performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada
L (Lyrics):The lyrics are written entirely by a Canadian

The following are special cases where a musical selection may qualify as Canadian content:

  • The musical selection was recorded before January 1972 and meets one of the above conditions
  • It is an instrumental performance of a musical composition written or composed by a Canadian
  • It is a performance of a musical composition that a Canadian has composed for instruments only
  • The musical selection was performed live or recorded after September 1, 1991, and, in addition to meeting the criterion for either artist or production, a Canadian who has collaborated with a non-Canadian receives at least half of the credit for both music and lyrics.
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