Nearly $1.5 million to 34 campus and community radio stations

The CRFC is pleased to award $1,482,751 to 34 campus and community radio stations across the country through its Radiometres program. Funded projects will enhance local programming, attract and train volunteers, and increase community participation.


"I was impressed by the diversity of the project proposals we received and I warmly congratulate the new Radiometres recipients," says new CRFC Executive Director, Amély Friolet-O’Neil.

In this round of funding, the CRFC received a record number of applications. More than half of the campus and community radio sector submitted a funding application to the CRFC.

The President of the CRFC, Roger Ouellette, sees this as "a proof that stations need, more than ever, an increased financial support from us in order to fully fulfill their mandate within their respective communities." He adds by saying that "in a rapidly changing media environment, there are many challenges for traditional media, but community radio has an advantage: it is a local media, made by and for the community it serves, whether it's in Whitehorse, Toronto or Shediac."

It goes without saying that projects that have received funding are of exceptional quality. There are several projects that revolve around local news, various partnerships between stations, schools and local organizations, the creation of a LGBTQ program, an audio art project, and an initiative focused on reconciliation.

The CRFC is awarding funding to CHHO-FM, who is a first-time applicant, in order to produce a new weekly show that spotlights community services. "Our community will benefit from our project. On one hand, the local organisations will get more visibility and, on the other hand, our citizens will be able to discover the multitude of services that are being offered to them. We are very pleased to be able to solidify our role as the main voice for our community," says Jonathan Gariépy, Executive Director of the Coop de solidarité radio communautaire de de la MRC de Maskinongé in Saint-Léon-le-Grand, Quebec.

Glen Ingram, Station Manager at CICK-FM in Smithers, British Columbia, also mentions that "CICK is thrilled to be able to expand its work with our community arts partners. In a community of less than 7000, we have learned that limited resources can go a lot further when shared with like-minded organizations."

To find out who are the 34 recipients for this 7th round of funding of the Radiometres program, please read the list of funded projects.

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.

The Radiometres program was first launched in July 2012. Since then, it has awarded more than $10.5 million for the implementation of more than 322 initiatives. The CRFC wishes to thank Canada's private broadcasters for providing financial support to 123 stations through the Radiometres program, representing close to 70% of the Canadian campus and community radio sector.

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