Federal government announces new Special Measures for Journalism

The Department of Canadian Heritage announced the roll-out of additional support measures to strengthen local and diverse journalism late last week.

First, Canadian Heritage will be relaunching the Special Measures for Journalism component through its Canada Periodical Fund with a new investment of $40 million over three years, starting in 2022–23. This funding includes a $1.5 million investment over three years through the Fund’s Business Innovation component, starting in 2022–23, for unique new projects that focus on innovative ideas to support magazines and community newspapers.

The federal government will also invest an additional $10 million in 2023–24 for the Local Journalism Initiative to strengthen support for local journalism in underserved communities across Canada. According to the release, this additional investment will significantly increase local news stories in diverse communities throughout Canada where no coverage or limited coverage existed before.

Publications are welcome to click here to access the application portal. The deadline to submit your application is: November 18, 2022, 23:59 p.m. (ET).

If members have queries, or require assistance, please contact the Department of Canadian Heritage directly. Their email address is: