Application deadline extended to February 21 for Local Journalism Initiative 2023-2024

UPDATE: The deadline to submit new and renewal LJI applications to News Media Canada has been extended to Tuesday, February 21, 2023.


News Media Canada is inviting news media organizations to submit applications for the Local Journalism Initiative, which provides funding to hire reporters to cover civic issues and institutions in underserved communities across Canada.

Created by the Government of Canada, the Local Journalism Initiative is a five-year program that supports the creation of original civic journalism relevant to the diverse needs of people living in news deserts and areas of news poverty in Canada.

Print and digital news media organizations may to apply to News Media Canada, including French-language media in Quebec, English-language media in the rest of Canada, and Indigenous media across the country. Applications may be submitted for new project proposals, as well as renewal of existing projects previously funded under News Media Canada.

Applicants must identify the underserved community that they propose to cover, along with the specific civic issues that will be the focus of the project. Applications may request funding for full-time, part-time, freelance or short-term projects producing standard news stories and/or long-form, in-depth, investigative journalism.

In 2023-2024, News Media Canada intends to provide funding for a minimum of 98 LJI reporters on contracts with terms of up to 12 months. Of these, 89 reporters will be allocated on a regional model based on population, and 9 reporters to Indigenous media.

LJI reporters will cover civic institutions such as courthouses, city halls, band councils, school boards, Parliament or provincial legislatures. Their stories will help citizens know what is going on where they live and will be shared with accredited media organizations across the country.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 17, 2023, Tuesday, February 21, 2023, via email.

For more information on eligibility criteria and to download the application form and guidelines, visit the Local Journalism Initiative website at