Quebec to introduce online marketplace for media content

The provincial government is proposing to introduce a new online marketplace to bring more choice to media content on the province’s network.

In a news release Thursday, Public Safety Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the online marketplace would help promote Quebec’s creative industries, create jobs and create a fairer media environment.

The plan is being touted as a step toward greater openness and more transparency in Quebec.

The province has faced a surge in online content theft, which is estimated at $1 billion annually.

Quebec recently introduced an online license plate scanning program and launched a program that allows Quebecers to upload their personal data to the provincial government.

Duclo said the program is designed to ensure the integrity of the content being produced in Quebec and the protection of its creators.

The announcement comes as Quebecers are grappling with the fallout from the media-sharing scandal in which a former Quebec TV host was convicted of distributing child pornography on the internet.

DuClos said he wants to ensure that Quebecers have the same rights as citizens to access content on their mobile phones and tablets.