Why are French channels included in Essentials in Anglophone Western Canada.

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I think most people would be hard pressed to find fluent french speakers in Vancouver so why are CBC (French), TVA and TV5 considered "Essential" enough to be included in the based package for Western Canada? Shouldn't francophiles be forced to pay extra for those channels?

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I don't work in any regulatory capacity but my inclination is that a Canadian broadcaster is mandated to carry French content as part of their basic package. 

A cursory search of the CRTC site alludes to that: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/cancon/c_services.htm

Specifically, where that page states:

Mandatory Canadian Services

The CRTC has identified Canadian television services that cable companies and direct-to-home satellite services must provide to their subscribers as part of their basic programming package. These channels are also part of the entry-level package that must be priced at no more than 25$ a month. For details read sections 17 to 19 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations.


AMI-TV English

AMI-TV Français


Canal M

CBC News Network and RDI

Distribution of the Proceedings of the House of Commons on CPAC

Legislative assemblies of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories

The Weather Network



A few of those "basic" channels are, in fact, French content programming.