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Canadian Media

Updated: August 11th, 2020


Who says learning Canadian culture can't be fun and entertaining at the same time? Check out some of Canada's broadcast programs to help keep you up to date on the latest news, fashion, sports and entertainment around the world!



Do you love to listen to the radio? Then why not discover which radio station may be your new favourite in Canada. We give you a breakdown of which radio stations play what, from awesome tunes to local or international entertainment.


Canada has a diverse and very professional broadcasting industry. Throughout Canada, residents have access to some of the highest quality production programs.

Canada is a very large country, at least in terms of landmass. It extends over nine million square kilometres. The largest single administrative entity is Nunavut, an Arctic territory that constitutes 21 percent of the nation's landmass while having its smallest population, 28,200. In contrast, Canada's largest central provinces of Ontario and Québec have a combined population of 19,281,900. These two provinces are the nation's largest media market, and constitute 26.2 percent of the country's land-mass. Canada borders on three oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic. Its most immediate neighbour is the United States, which it touches on two borders, one to its south and the other to the north.

Nine out of 10 Canadians live within ninety miles of the United States. In terms of density, in the majority of the country, there is less than one person per 49 square kilometres of land space. Sharing, to a significant degree, a common heritage and a common language with the United States, issues focusing on national cultural survival dominate much of the political debate in Canada. Media issues and press policies are critical players in this debate.

The Media in Canada is a concentration of more than a dozen sectors called the telecom-media-internet (TMI), these include:

Wireline Telecommunications
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
Satellite and IPTV Distributors
Broadcast Television
Speciality and Pay television services
Magazines and Periodicals
Book Publishing
Search Engines
Social Media

All these forms of Canada media play an important role in informing, educating and entertaining Canadian audience.

In the broadcasting sector, Canada has a government-funded broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada, which operates radio and TV networks in English and French. As well, some provincial governments offer their own public educational TV broadcast services as well, such as Ontario's TVOntario and Quebec's Télé-Québec.


The Canadian government regulates media ownership and the state of media through the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Section 3 of the Canadian Broadcasting Act, states that media organizations should reflect "equal rights, the linguistic duality and multicultural and multiracial nature society and the special place of aboriginal peoples within that society".

Broadcasting plays a critical role in helping build and support our Canadian identity. In recognition of this, Canada's Broadcasting Act sets out objectives to ensure that Canadian broadcasting content meets the needs and interests of Canadians. The CRTC then sets policies and rules to ensure that those objectives are put into practice in Canada's broadcasting system.

Newspapers and Magazines

Here are the top 10 Canadian magazines and newspapers, in no particular order: - Chatelaine Magazine has been Canada’s number one women’s magazine since 1928 and continues to prove their excellence. Another Canadian Magazine focussing on women. Sharing inspiration on food, health, family, home décor and fashion tips. English edition of the reader digest with inspiring stories, travel tips, jokes and recipes. - Canada’s official national weekly news and current affairs magazine. - Travel, news, wellness, and lifestyle magazine, the only magazine for men and women who are over 45.
The Global Mail – A national newspaper with a circulation of over 320,000
Toronto Star –The Toronto Star serves the whole of Toronto and has an impressive circulation of 300,000
National Post – Another of the national newspapers, it has a country wide circulation of almost 180,000
La Presse – The newspaper has now gone digital except for Saturday, it has a circulation of over 270,000 and serves the whole of Montreal
Metro Toronto – One of the biggest dailies in Toronto with a circulation of nearly 204,000

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