Local Journalism Initiative
In some parts of Canada, residents do not have access to journalistic information about community issues and institutions through local newspapers, community radio, television or other news media. These gaps in coverage mean that citizens do not have necessary information about news, issues and events that affect them and their day-to-day lives.
The Local Journalism Initiative aims to change that.


NOTE: News Media Canada staff are working remotely. Please submit applications in confidence by email only to lji@newsmediacanada.ca.

UPDATE: Application deadline extended to Tuesday, February 21, 2023.


Applications are being sought for new and renewal projects from Quebec French media outlets, English media outlets from the rest of Canada, and Indigenous media outlets across the country. All projects in this round should be completed by March 31, 2024.

Print and digital news media are eligible to apply for funding to News Media Canada. Applications are due on Friday, February 17, 2023 Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

Applicants are required to:

Additional information and documents, such as circulation audit reports, website traffic audit reports, brand reports, media kit or additional issues may be required to determine the eligibility of a publication.

Application deadline

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

When an application deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.

Contact us




1-877-305-2262 ext. 3327

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.
Government of Canada