Our goal is to provide a better understanding of the Canadian Mainstream Media in a time of great digital proliferation where radical transparency may help rebuild trust. Some outlets on this index may not be deeemed journalism by many. We list those media orgs with over 12,000 monthly uniques and regular sources of news in the national conversation. If viewing by mobile, turn your phone sideways (or fund us for better data viz help).
The Canadian federal government passed Bill C-30 enacted in June 2021 created the labour tax credit (LTC). The LTC was announced in Budget 2019 and received royal assent in June 2019 to offer payroll subsidies and tax break incentives for digital news subscriptions. The government created an independent board to review applications by media orgs to designate those elligible for the tax credits as Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization (QCJO). We urge the Canadian government to make this list of QCJOs and its process for qualification transparent given many of these outlets receive significant payroll subsidies. We would also welcome Google and Facebook to provide us with a list of which Canadian media outlets receive funding from these platforms and the amount they receeive. All media highlighted in purple have received QCJO designation, according to Revenue Canada here.
We hope this sheds light and opens a more thoughtful discussion.
We have time-stamped this index – Feb 12, 2022. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any corrections or additions.