News Media Canada is pleased to launch its Local Journalism Initiative program, a national initiative of the Government of Canada in support of Canadian news media organizations.

In some parts of Canada, residents have significant gaps in civic journalism about community issues and civic institutions and events that affect them and their day-to-day lives. The Local Journalism Initiative provides funding for Canadian news media organizations to hire reporters to increase coverage of civic matters and issues of public interest in underserved communities across the country.

News Media Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative program aims to fund 93 reporters in its first year. The program is open to existing Canadian-owned English, French, and Indigenous print and digital news media organizations.

Other Local Journalism Initiative programs are also available for other types of news media, including ethnocultural and minority language print media, as well as community radio and community television. For a complete list of programs being offered, click here.

To learn more about News Media Canada’s LJI program and how it works, including eligibility criteria and the application process, visit the LJI website at

Applications will be available soon. In the meantime, sign up here for the LJI newsletter to stay up to date on the latest developments.

If you have any questions about the LJI program, please contact us at