Local Journalism Initiative

The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) supports the creation of local journalism that covers the diverse needs of underserved communities across Canada. Funding is available to eligible Canadian media organizations to hire journalists produce local journalism for underserved communities. The content produced will be made available to media organizations through a Creative Commons license so that Canadians can be better informed.

The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is one of the not-for-profit organizations administering the Initiative. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Phase 1

Phase 2

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2021

To read the program guidelines, click here: LJI 2021-2022 Guidelines

Increase in journalistic capacity in underserved communities.

Increased access to local news and civic journalism in underserved communities.

Increase in consumption of local news in underserved communities.