Local Journalism Initiative

Department of Canadian Heritage
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) supports the creation of original civic journalism that meets the diverse needs of underserved communities in Canada through an investment of $ 50 million over 5 years.

To preserve the independence of the press, the government mandated administration of the initiative to seven independent non-governmental organizations, representing different segments of the media industry.

These governing bodies allocate funds to hire journalists or pay freelance journalists to support the production of civic journalistic content in underserved communities. Canadian media organizations eligible for funding are news agencies, private media organizations, and not-for-profit media organizations in the print media, community radio, community television, and online news services sectors.

The Canadian public will thus be better informed since all the content produced is made available free of charge through a Creative Commons license.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Results are not yet available as the program is in its first year of operation (2019-2020)

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

USD 38.3 million over five years

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
News Media Canada
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Association de la presse francophone
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Québec Community Newspapers Association
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Community Radio Fund of Canada
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Fédération des télévisions communautaires autonomes du Québec
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
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