UPDATED for 2024
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The CBC Waste-o-Meter uses an algorithm that calculates the ongoing amount spent on the CBC by taxpayers from January 1st of each year.
We’ve been doing this for years, and an unknown number of websites use our widget now. Get it yourself!
Our Waste-o-Meter algorithm starts with an annual amount of $1.2 billion per year of taxpayer support, which represents “official” direct annual “government” (taxpayer) funding of that government operation that we know of. Plus we know there are untold subsidies and various other such state entitlements that they receive directly or indirectly.
We could add $200 million in taxpayer funding to account for the “arts” and “entertainment” and “documentaries” and other individually taxpayer-paid grants that pay for the programming that the state-owned, state-funded CBC then throws onto the multiple radio and TV channels.
The CBC boasts of presenting lots of made-in-Canada programs but using reasonable assumptions based on sober analysis and observation and anecdotal evidence, it seems nearly no such programming is created in Canada without itself getting Canadian taxpayer funding in the form of loans, grants, tax credits, or other such subsidies. It adds up to hundreds of millions, on top of the “official” CBC annual bailout.
If you are a Canadian television or movie producer who has not received any government funding or tax breaks or loans or grants, etc., we’d love to hear from you. (SPOILER: in our many years, we’ve never heard from anyone. They don’t exist.)
So the taxpayer-subsidized programs get bought with taxpayer dollars to be put on the taxpayer’s subsidized broadcaster’s channels. What kind of economy do you call that?
We could also add the additional value of legal, regulatory, and other anti-competitive protections given to the CBC (such as mandatory carry) — it is simply incalculable, but would surely have to be measured in the many millions.
Beyond the direct federal funding (currently at least $1.2 billion), the maybe $200 million (at the very least) which we really should all add to that does not represent the total cost to Canadians, by any means. There is also the incalculable cost to the state-owned CBC’s competitors in terms of their loss of advertising dollars. Also, the cost of competitive bids to secure programming such as NHL games and the Olympics, which the CBC bids up using taxpayer dollars, is impossible to estimate but is surely mammoth in scale.
All of that notwithstanding, we stick with the $1.2 billion amount. We just hope Canadians’ eyes are wide open.
What kind of government competes against its own citizens this way — particularly in the forum of ideas, and politics, and the delivery of news, which informs citizens as to its voting preferences? Think about it. And make no mistake, that is what is happening here.
We feel state-owned and state-funded media should simply be banned in Canada, and that notion should be enshrined in our constitution. Canada is supposed to be a free and democratic country. But with a state-owned media, state-funded media and news media, that is all but impossible. The CBC and its “business model” sound more like something belonging to a different kind of country.