NRC YouTube channel policy statement

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) uses YouTube, a free video-sharing platform offered by Google, an American company, as one tool in its efforts to communicate clearly, quickly and in an interesting manner to Canadians. 

NRC’s YouTube account is managed by the Communications and Corporate Relations Branch (CCRB), on behalf of the institutes and programs across NRC. 

Content

Videos uploaded to NRC’s branded YouTube channel will cover various themes and topics, including videos about events, contests, science breakthroughs, behind the scenes, insights of scientists, personal interviews; instructional and educational videos. Other NRC videos are also available in the Video Library of the NRC website.  

If you are looking for information about NRC, information is available on the NRC website. 

Subscriptions and subscribers

NRC subscribes to other Government of Canada YouTube channels as well as to channels of certain relevant organizations and professional associations with a mandate similar to the Council's. 

NRC will not subscribe to private sector and commercial YouTube channels. 

NRC will not accept friend requests sent from individual users. 

NRC subscribing to another channel does not imply its endorsement of the organization. 

NRC reserves the right to unsubscribe to any individual organization’s channel that posts content that is deemed inappropriate, inaccurate or offensive. 

Feedback and messages

NRC welcomes all feedback and ideas. All video and channel comments, as well as emails sent to the YouTube account, will be read and any emerging themes or helpful suggestions will be passed to the relevant people in CCRB. 

Reporters are asked to send questions to NRC’s media relations team and refrain from submitting questions on NRC’s branded YouTube channel. 

General contact information is available at “Contact Us.” 

Although NRC cannot reply to all messages, they will be handled on a case-by-case basis and responded to when deemed appropriate. NRC will not engage on issues or answer questions that violate any of the provisions stated in its YouTube Commenting Policy. 

The views and comments posted on NRC’s YouTube channel by participants do not necessarily represent the views of NRC. 

Accessibility

YouTube, as a third party service provider, is not bound by Government of Canada policies for Web accessibility. 

NRC is committed to achieving a high standard of accessibility and is working to address issues with third-party service provider platforms. If you have any problems accessing any information on the site, visit NRC’s Video Library on its official website. 

Some third party service providers offer other tools free of charge, such as Easy YouTube Player, which are specifically designed to increase accessibility to YouTube videos 

Privacy

NRC’s branded YouTube channel is not a Government of Canada website and represents NRC’s presence on YouTube, a third-party service provider. Users are encouraged to read its privacy policy.

Information shared with NRC on YouTube is subject to the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act, which means that the information may be accessed and disclosed in response to a request under either of these acts. 

Users are advised not to share personal information. Personal information includes home addresses and telephone numbers, photographs containing images of identifiable individuals, and any other information consisting of personal information as defined in Section 3 of the Privacy Act. 

Official Languages

NRC respects the Official Languages Act and is committed to ensuring that information products of equal quality are available in both French and English. NRC videos will be posted simultaneously in both official languages — in English and in French. Comments, video responses and questions that require a response will be answered in the official language of origin. 

However, users should be aware that some links direct users to sites of organizations or other entities that are not subject to the Official Languages Act and that these sources are only available in the language in which they are written. 

The YouTube interface is available in multiple languages, including English and French. To change the interface's language settings, select either “English” or “Français” from the language selection menu available in YouTube's website footer (the bottom of the website). 

Links to other websites

Links to websites not under the control of NRC are provided solely for the convenience of users. NRC is not responsible for the accuracy, currency or reliability of the content. NRC does not offer any guarantee in that regard and is not responsible for the information found through these links, nor does it endorse these websites and their content. 

YouTube Commenting Policy

NRC welcomes and encourages comments on its YouTube channel. 

You are fully responsible for everything that you submit in your comments, and all posted comments are in the public domain. They will be reviewed by an NRC moderator to ensure that they comply with the provisions stated in the Commenting Policy. 

NRC does not discriminate against any expressed views or opinions, but does reserve the right to edit or remove any of the following posts that are: 

  • contrary to the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  • racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic, slanderous, insulting or life-threatening;
  • abusive, aggressive, coarse, explicit, vulgar, violent, obscene or pornographic;
  • solicitations, advertisements, announcements or endorsements from private, labour or political organizations;
  • not sent by the author and/or posted by anonymous or robot accounts;
  • repetitive and pasted by multiple users; and
  • unintelligible, irrelevant or so far off-topic such that NRC moderators feel they will not add to the normal flow of the conversation or debate.

Anyone acting contrary to these rules may be temporarily or permanently excluded from the dialogue spaces on the NRC YouTube channel. 

Any questions or comments about this policy can be submitted to CCRB

A few other important notes:  

NRC does not promise to reply to every comment posted. It will, however, attempt to engage in conversations when possible. 

You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information you provide. To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. 

Additional information can be found on NRC’s “Important Notices” section on its website. NRC recognizes that the Web is a 24/7 medium and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will generally occur during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible the next business day. 

Users may provide video responses as long as they comply with the Commenting Policy.