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Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Congratulations to the 2023 winners of the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.  Click here to view the full list of winners.

The 2023 competition included 798 entries in 27 unique categories recognizing outstanding editorial, photography, multimedia and overall excellence in community newspaper publishing from 2022.  Categories introduced last year included Best Multimedia Breaking News Coverage, Best Local Civic Journalism and Best Special Section.

News Media Canada thanks the newspapers and esteemed judges who participated in 2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards (CCNAwards) competition (click here for a full list of judges). We are honoured to continue this annual recognition of the outstanding achievements of the community newspaper industry.

About the CCNAwards

The CCNAwards celebrate the best in community publishing from across the country. Newspapers of similar circulation size compete against each other and are judged by a panel of industry experts. With a diverse array of awards categories covering editorial, photography and multimedia, the CCNAwards offer learning opportunities for publications of all sizes.

English- and French-language community newspapers across the country are invited to compete in News Media Canada’s annual awards competition, which celebrates the very best in community journalism.

  • The competition is open to members and non-members of News Media Canada;
  • English- and French-language competitions will be adjudicated separately (subject to a sufficient number of entries in both competitions).

CCNAwards Entry Details

The 2023 competition opened on May 15, 2023 accepting work from 2022. All entries were submitted digitally on the portal by June 28, 2023. Winners were announced on September 15, 2023.

Entries accepted via BetterBNC®, powered by SmallTownPapers, Inc.

Be sure to have both the Entry Book and BetterBNC Contestant Guide on hand (click download buttons below) when submitting your entries. 

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If you have any questions click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact us at

Interested in being a judge? Click here.

News Media Canada is seeking leading industry professionals to serve as judges for the annual Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. Volunteer your time and expertise, and contribute to the growth of Canada’s news media industry.

If you are interested in judging, complete the judge nomination form. Or, nominate your staff, colleagues and other qualified professionals.

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