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Bill C-18, or the Online News Act, is legislation that forces tech companies such as Google to strike deals with news organizations for posting or linking their content. The bill became law in June, 2023, and took effect in December, 2023. As a result of the legislation, Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, began blocking news on its platforms in Canada in August, 2024.

On Bill C-18, Canada has a clear choice: flourish like Australia or flounder like Spain
Jonah Prousky
How we can move forward, now that the divisive Bill C-18 is law
Taylor Owen and Supriya Dwivedi
Google and Facebook act tough in Bill C-18 standoff because they are desperate
Dylan Freeman-Grist
Newsrooms don’t need the CRTC’s eye
The Editorial Board