List of Canadian television channels

Television in Canada has many individual stations and networks and systems.

National broadcast television networks

English

French

Multilingual

  • Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, a broadcast television network with television stations in the three territories and cable network carried nationwide on cable and satellite. Programming focuses on Aboriginals. It operates in English, French and various Aboriginal languages.

Regional broadcast television systems

English

French

  • V, a privately owned television system based in Quebec owned by V Media Group

Multilingual

  • CFHD-DT, a privately owned multicultural station based in Montreal, using the on-air brand ICI (International Channel).
  • Omni Television, a group of five privately owned multicultural television stations in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia owned by Rogers Media.

Defunct regional broadcast television systems

Regional broadcast television stations

English

  • CHCH, using the on-air brand CHCH - a privately owned television station in Hamilton owned by Channel Zero which airs local news & movies.
  • CHEK, using the on-air brand CHEK - a privately owned television station in Victoria owned by CHEK Media Group.
  • CHNU, using the on-air brand Joytv - a privately owned religious television station in Vancouver owned by ZoomerMedia.
  • CIIT, using the on-air brand Faith TV - a privately owned religious television station in Winnipeg owned by ZoomerMedia.
  • CJIL, using the on-air brand The Miracle Channel - a privately owned Christian television station in Lethbridge, Alberta owned by The Miracle Channel Association.
  • CJON, using the on-air brand NTV - a privately owned television station in Newfoundland & Labrador owned by Stirling Communications International.

Community broadcast television stations

English

  • CFEG-TV, Abbotsford, British Columbia.
  • CFSO-TV, Cardston, Alberta.
  • CFTS-TV, Teslin, Yukon.
  • CFTV-DT, Leamington, Ontario.
  • CH5248, Neepawa, Manitoba.
  • CHCO-TV, St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
  • CHET-TV, Chetwynd, British Columbia.
  • CHOB-TV, Hobbema, Alberta.
  • CHVC-TV, Valemount, British Columbia.
  • CIHC-TV, Hay River, Northwest Territories.
  • CIRE-TV, High Prairie, Alberta.
  • CKER-TV, Kahnawake, Quebec
  • VX9AMK, (using the on-air brand Star Ray TV), Toronto, Ontario.

French

Multilingual

  • CIMC-TV, Arichat, Nova Scotia (English and French).
  • CFHD-DT, A privately owned multicultural station based in Montreal, using the on-air brand ICI (International Channel/Canal International).

Educational television stations

English

  • Citytv Saskatchewan, a privately owned channel in Saskatchewan owned by Rogers Communications. Broadcasts a mix of educational, children's, and entertainment programs. Not available over-the-air, only available through cable throughout the province.
  • CTV 2 Alberta, a privately owned channel in Alberta owned by Bell Media. Airs a mix of educational and entertainment programming. Not available over-the-air (though two stations relayed its programming over-the-air under the former Access branding until they were shut down in August 2011), only available through cable throughout the province.
  • Knowledge Network, a publicly owned educational station in British Columbia owned by the government of British Columbia. Limited availability over-the-air, but is available on cable throughout the province.
  • TVOntario, a publicly owned educational station in Ontario owned by the government of Ontario. Available over-the-air and on cable throughout the province.

French

  • CFTU-DT, an educational station in Quebec owned by a private consortium known as CANAL, consisting primarily of Quebec-based post-secondary institutions. Broadcasts educational programming in Montreal over-the-air, but is available on cable throughout the rest of the province.
  • Télé-Québec, a publicly owned educational station in Quebec owned by the government of Québec. Available over-the-air and on cable throughout the province. (CIVM Montreal)
  • TFO, a publicly owned educational station in Ontario owned by the government of Ontario. Available on cable throughout the province, as well as in New Brunswick and Manitoba.

Specialty television channels

English

French

Multicultural

Teleshopping channels (exempt)

English

Provincial parliamentary channels

English

French

Premium television services

English

  • Crave (Six multiplex channels)
    • Crave 1
    • Crave 2
    • Crave 3
    • Crave 4 (time-shifted feed of Crave 1)
    • HBO Canada 1 (East)
    • HBO Canada 2 (West)
  • Starz Canada (Two multiplex channels)
    • Starz Canada 1
    • Starz Canada 2
  • Family Channel (two multiplex channels)
  • Super Channel (Four multiplex channels)
    • Super Channel Fuse
    • Super Channel Heart & Home
    • Super Channel Vault
    • Ginx eSports TV Canada

French

  • Cinépop
  • Super Écran (Four multiplex channels)
    • Super Écran 1
    • Super Écran 2
    • Super Écran 3
    • Super Écran 4

Multicultural

Pay-per-view services

English

French

Audio and/or text-only services

Digital specialty television channels

English

French

Multicultural

High-definition specialty television channels and pay-per-view services

Defunct cable specialty channels

See also

CHUM Limited

CHUM Limited was a Canadian media company based in Toronto, Ontario in operation from 1945 to 2007. It held full or joint control of two Canadian television systems—Citytv and A-Channel (formerly NewNet, now CTV Two)—comprising 11 local stations, one CBC Television affiliate, one provincial educational channel, and 20 branded specialty television channels, most notably MuchMusic and its various spinoffs. In addition, CHUM owned 33 radio stations across Canada under its CHUM Radio Network division (now Bell Media Radio). At various points in its history, CHUM also owned other radio stations as well as ATV and the Atlantic Satellite Network in Atlantic Canada.

In July 2006, CHUM agreed to merge with CTVglobemedia (now Bell Media), owner of the CTV Television Network. The merger was completed on June 22, 2007; regulatory approval was made conditional on the sale of CHUM's five Citytv stations to Rogers Communications. The company itself was renamed CTV Limited (now CTV Inc.) and continues as a subsidiary of Bell Media. Its Toronto radio stations TSN RADIO 1050 and CHUM 104.5 continue to use "CHUM" as their call signs. The headquarters were located at 299 Queen Street West in Toronto, the famous CHUM-City Building, which currently serves as Bell Media's headquarters.

With the sale of CTVglobemedia to Bell Canada as announced in September 2010, Bell took control of most of CHUM's former assets for the first time. CTVglobemedia was subsequently renamed Bell Media on April 1, 2011, after the deal to purchase the stations was finalized and the CHUM name was completely phased out from its new entity.

Category A services

Category A services were a class of Canadian specialty television channel which, as defined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, must be offered by all digital cable and direct broadcast satellite providers that have the capability to do so.

Category A services were an amalgamation of the former analog pay and specialty services licensed prior to digital television (with the exception of general interest national news and sports specialty services which are designated as Category C services) and the former category 1 digital specialty channels. In a policy decision released on October 30, 2008, the CRTC decided that all Category 1 digital services as well as all analog pay and specialty channels would be renamed Category A services, effective September 1, 2011.Category A services share a number of similar regulations, including that they must be offered by all television providers in Canada, and have higher Canadian content quota levels than Category B services. They were also previously protected by "genre protection" rules forbidding other specialty channels from directly competing with them, but the CRTC is in the process of phasing out these policies in favour of switching all specialty services to standardized licenses as discretionary services.

Category B services

A Category B service is the former term for a Canadian discretionary specialty television channel which, as defined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, may be carried by all subscription television providers. Such services were called Category 2 until September 1, 2011.Unlike Category A services, Category B services are not protected as to format. They are licensed to broadcast within defined formats which are not provided by or overly close to an existing protected channel, but their formats are not protected themselves and need not protect other Category B services. Also unlike Category A services, a Category B service does not have guaranteed cable carriage rights, but must directly negotiate carriage with cable distributors. Category B services encompass both pay television and specialty channels.

In December 2012, the CRTC exempted from formal licensing services with less than 200,000 subscribers that would otherwise meet the definition of a Category B service, and services which air 90% of their programming in a language other than English, French, or languages of aboriginal peoples in Canada.Henceforth, most Canadian specialty channels (except for national news and mainstream sports channels, which are classified as Category C services) will be licensed as Category B services.

Category C services

A Category C service is the former term for a Canadian discretionary specialty channel which, as defined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, provides programming in genres that are subject to different standard conditions of licences from those of other discretionary services. As of 2011, this category applies to all national news and mainstream sports broadcasters.

Under previous policies, these services were intentionally unprotected from competition by other Category B services of the same genre, but are still "protected" from competition by other discretionary services. In other words, if someone wants to launch a competing service, they must do so by committing to the same obligations, including common requirements for the exhibition and funding of Canadian-produced programming, as others. Discretionary services, by contrast, may not devote more than 10% of their monthly programming to live professional sports.Mainstream news channels are subject to a form of must carry rules; they must be offered on a packaged or standalone basis, but not necessarily on the lowest tier of service, by all digital television providers. Category C sports services are not subject to must-carry rules; distributors must negotiate directly with their operators for carriage.

Cottage Life (TV channel)

Cottage Life is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by Blue Ant Media. Operated as a spin-off of the co-owned magazine Cottage Life, the network airs a variety of programming focusing on the cottage and rural lifestyle genre within the core themes of DIY and design, food and entertaining, real estate, and outdoor living.

The network originally launched in 2001 as Country Canada, which primarily focused on programming of interest to rural Canadians, including news and lifestyle programming. After the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation bought out Corus Entertainment's stake in Country Canada, the network began to transition towards marketing itself as a companion to CBC Television, reduced the amount of rural-themed programming it aired in favour of entertainment programs and CBC Sports overflow, and eventually re-branded itself as Bold in 2008. In the midst of budget cuts at the CBC, Bold was sold to its current owners, Blue Ant Media, in April 2012; on September 4, 2013, Bold was re-launched by Blue Ant Media as Cottage Life.

Discretionary service

A discretionary service is a Canadian specialty channel which, as defined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, may be carried optionally by all subscription television providers. It replaces the previous category A, category B, category C, and premium classifications.Discretionary services may air programming from any of the CRTC's defined categories, although no more than 10% of programming per-month may be devoted to live professional sports. Discretionary services may offer multiplex channels with CRTC permission.

Ici ARTV

Ici ARTV (stylized as ICI ARTV) is a Canadian French language Category A specialty channel specializing in the arts and culture including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, films and scripted television series.

Index of Canada-related articles

The following is an alphabetical list of topics related to Canada.

List of Canadian specialty channels

The following is a list of Canadian specialty channels, premium television services, and most other channels not available via terrestrial television.

List of Canadian television networks

Canada has adopted the NTSC and ATSC television transmission standards without any alterations. However, some unique local variations exist for DTH television because of transponder design variation in the Anik series of satellites.

Television in Canada has many individual stations and networks and systems.

List of Canadian television stations

This page lists the table of every television station in Canada by call sign. For the list of television networks in Canada, see the List of Canadian television networks (table).

Under the current digital television transition, television stations in Mandatory Markets, in Canada are launching digital transmissions by August 31, 2011. On August 18, 2011, the CRTC issued a decision that allows CBC's mandatory market rebroadcasting transmitters in analog remain on-air until August 31, 2012. Where known, a digital channel assignment is noted below. Digital channels listed on a green background have already been launched, while those listed on a red background have not yet commenced operations. In some cases, the digital channels have been allocated but the stations have not applied to use them; as there is no requirement that Canadian stations begin digital broadcasts before the end-August 2011 analogue shutdown, it is currently unknown whether some broadcasters will ask to flash-cut on their existing frequencies or to continue on their assigned digital channel.

List of Canadian television stations available in the United States

This page lists all of the stations in Canada that are viewable in parts of the United States.

List of United States stations available in Canada

This page lists all of the local over-the-air television stations in the United States that are carried in Canada via cable/digital cable or satellite. This list also includes stations that were formerly carried, but have since been dropped.

The stations are organized by market, starting in the east (Maine) and ending in the west (California). Not all stations are available in all areas. A station that has the word "bumped" next to it means that the station has been replaced by one of the stations from the CANCOM services, most likely either a Buffalo or Detroit local station in the east, or a Spokane or Seattle local station in the west.

List of defunct Canadian television stations

This is a list of defunct Canadian television stations.

List of foreign television channels available in Canada

This is a list of foreign television channels available in Canada. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulates which television channels are allowed to air in Canada. Although the vast majority of television channels available in Canada are Canadian-owned and operated, the CRTC allows certain foreign-owned channels to be broadcast in Canada.

In order for a non-Canadian station/channel to broadcast in Canada it must first listed by the CRTC on the listed as authorized on the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution. Cable and satellite companies are only allowed to carry the foreign services that are contained in the list. Also, not every channel on the list is currently carried by BDU's, it is up to their discretion to decide what channels they are interested in offering to consumers.

On June 30, 2011, the CRTC introduced new policy whereby the 'lists of eligible satellite services' would be consolidated into one list to be known as the 'List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution'

List of programs broadcast by CBC Television

This is a list of television programs currently, formerly, and soon to be broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's CBC Television. For programs on the CBC's French network, see List of programs broadcast by Ici Radio-Canada Télé.

List of programs broadcast by CTV and CTV 2

This is a list of programs broadcast by the CTV Television Network and the CTV 2 television system in Canada. The list consists of television programs currently broadcast, programs formerly aired, and programs that are soon to be broadcast by the two Bell Media-owned networks. Former listings for CTV 2 include programs aired by the system under its former brands CTV Two, A, A-Channel, and NewNet.

List of television stations in North America by media market

These links go to individual lists of television stations by the markets in which they are located.

Media in Toronto

This is a list of television and radio stations along with a list of media outlets in and around Toronto, Ontario including the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto is Canada's largest media market, and the fourth-largest market in North America (behind New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago).

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