The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) supports the creation of original civic journalism that covers the diverse needs of underserved communities across Canada.
Funding is available to eligible Canadian media organizations to hire journalists or pay freelance journalists to produce civic journalism for underserved communities.
To protect the independence of the press, 7 not-for-profit organizations representing different segments of the news industry will administer the Initiative. These organizations will give funding to Canadian media organizations to address the need for local civic journalism in underserved communities.
To be eligible for funding, an applicant must be:
- a press agency;
- a private news organization; or
- a non-profit news organization.
Private non-community broadcasters and the CBC/Radio-Canada are not eligible.
Organizations must also operate in the following fields:
- written press
- community radio
- community television
- online news services
Contact Name: Periodical Publishing Policy and Programs Directorate
Phone Number: 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
E-mail Address: PCH.fondsdesperiodiquescanada-canadaperiodicalfund.PCH@canada.ca