The CRFC doubles its financial support to the sector


The CRFC is pleased to award $1,998,123 to 44 campus and community radio stations through its Radiometres program.


The CRFC had already announced an increase in the financial contributions of up to $50,000 per station with the intention to offer substantial grants that would allow stations to fulfill their mandate and efficiently serve their community. Therefore, the total funding envelope has doubled from $ 1 to 2 million.


"Our stations have a unique place in the broadcasting market as they are the product of the communities they serve," says CRFC’s President Roger Ouellette. "People want to know what's happening near their home, their school, and their workplace. They want to learn about local issues, in addition to listening to their neighbours. And herein lies the great strength of community radio!"


Radiometres funds initiatives that are geared towards producing local programming, whether it’s musical or spoken word, training and retaining volunteers, and facilitating community participation in all spheres of activities of the stations.


Funded projects include core initiatives for some stations such as setting up regular news bulletins, digitizing their music library, and creating partnerships with local not-for-profit organizations. But there’s more. We’re also funding a partnership project between four New Brunswick stations aiming to identify and promote the Francophone identity in urban Acadian cities as well as innovative projects like the installation of devices to listen to the station in strategic locations throughout the city and the development of a collaborative mobile application called EnRue.


"CJRU is excited to be a part of the future of radio and thrilled to have CHHA radio as a partner. Building new digital tools for community radio production will attract young volunteers and make all our c/c stations more dynamic. We could not have contemplated doing this project without CRFC and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for recognising the need and responding," says Jackie Tuinstra Harrison, General Manager at CJRU in Toronto.


Fr. Hernan Astudillo adds that "CHHA-1610 AM is profoundly and full of gratitude for this enormous financial support which will empower our alternative voice with our Latin American and Canadian community around the GTA. In the same way, it will enable an immense opportunity to our youth in order to expand our radio station with a high quality of news production."


The Radiometres program was first launched in July 2012. Since then, it has awarded more than $6.2 million for the implementation of 227 radio initiatives, bringing the total funding distributed through all CRFC’s program to $7.3 million. Moreover, the CRFC is proud to have helped a total of 123 campus and community radio stations, nearly 70% of the sector.


The funding for Radiometres is provided by Canada’s private radio broadcasters through a portion of their Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions, a funding mechanism established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). These contributions play an important part in strengthening the campus and community sector of the Canadian broadcasting system.


Here is the list of recipients:


23 stations are sharing more than $216,000 thanks to the Youth on Air! program


The CRFC is pleased to award more than $216,000 to 23 campus and community radio stations through the Youth on Air! pilot program. This program offers youth aged 16 to 30 a unique radio experience by means of training grants.


"This is a positive first experience - we have received some very interesting project proposals that will allow stations to enhance their local programming during the summer season in addition to putting forward the importance of youth in community media," says CRFC President, Roger Ouellette.


From a documentary tracing the sound portrait of the neighborhoods of Québec City, through a program on environmental issues or a radio series on women in audio-related technical fields, these projects all have in common that they are at the heart of their local communities.


"CHLS-FM is very pleased to be able to run a summer internship project with generous assistance from the CRFC’s Youth on Air! program. It will enable us to expand our station’s capacity for production of high-quality locally produced pre-recorded programming and will help us to raise the station’s profile in the community generally, but especially with the youth. We want to encourage young people to see radio production as an attractive opportunity for them to exercise their imagination and creative skills," says Station Manager Jeff O’Kelly in Lillooet, British Columbia.


As for Lorinne Larouche from CKIA-FM in Québec City, receiving funding means that "the station will have a chance to offer a radio experience to young interns that will enhance their skills and help them integrate the community radio sector. They will be able to perfect the art of radio documentary and they will be offered various training including recording voices and sounds, and sound editing."


Since the CRFC first opened its doors in 2007, we have awarded more than $5 million to the campus and community radio sector in Canada. 115 stations have received funding for 313 initiatives. The CRFC would like to thank the private broadcasters for their mandatory and voluntary Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions that have enabled all of these projects to take place.


Here is the complete list of the first recipients of the program: