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Funding Webinar Oct 27, 2021: CPF Special Measures for Journalism

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Updated Nov. 26/21.

The Canada Periodical Fund is now accepting applications for the Special Measures for Journalism (SMJ) component for the 2021-2022 fiscal year from publishers that have a free circulation model, low levels of paid circulation, or are published digitally and/or who will not or cannot apply for Aid To Publishers funding this year. The deadline to apply is November 29, 2021.

In order to assist publications in BC and the rest of Canada who may be eligible to apply for the SMJ, MagsBC offered a free webinar Oct. 27/21 in partnership with CPF.

David Harkness, Program Manager, Business Innovation and Collective Initiatives, CPF, Canadian Heritage, presented on this fund and David and Josée Shank, Head, Program Administration, answered questions. You can view a video of the presentation here.

About the funding

The Department of Canadian Heritage is pleased to inform you that the Canada Periodical Fund is now accepting applications for the Special Measures for Journalism (SMJ) component, designed to provide recovery funding to Canadian magazines and non-daily community newspapers following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The component provides funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to publishers that have a free circulation model or low levels of paid circulation. (And any other eligible digital and print magazines who do not currently receive Aid To Publishers funding.)

The deadline to apply is November 29, 2021.

Applications for the 2021 SMJ will be accepted through the new Canadian Heritage Funding Portal (CHFP). Note: the portal only plays nice with the Chrome and MS Edge browsers. All others may give you error messages.

In order to apply, you will need to complete a two-step online application process and upload the required documents prior to the deadline. If you applied last year and gave your business information, unfortunately, you’ll need to submit it again this year as this is a new portal.

To complete your Applicant Profile, you will need the following documents:

  • Proof of your organization’s legal status (letters patent/incorporation documents, partnership agreements, constitution or bylaws or other recognized documentation).
  • Direct Deposit Enrollment Form, stamped by a financial institution or accompanied by one supporting document (a void cheque, banking letter, or management letter).

System access

There are two ways to sign into the Canadian Heritage Funding Portal: through a Sign-In Partner or with a GCKey.  Both options are available on the portal for you to choose from.

  • Sign-In Partners are companies and organizations (such as financial institutions) that have partnered with SecureKey Technologies to enable their customers to use their online credentials to access Government of Canada services.
  • GCKey is a service that issues credentials (a username and password) for accessing government services online. GCKey is a good option if you don’t have a sign-in partner or prefer not to use one.

Should you be unable to access the new system or apply online for any reason, our support team is available from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) to assist you.

Telephone: 1-819-997-0055 | 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
TTY (Teletype for the hearing impaired): 1-888-997-3123

Additional resources



Application questions for reference and preparation ONLY.
This is *NOT* the application itself; you need to fill out and submit your application via CPF’s online portal.

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