Media and entertainment

The Canadian Broadcasting Act ensures that the content of Canadian media reflects the diversity and multiculturalism of Canada and upholds the quality and high standards of programming that Canadians expect. It ensures that information flows freely, encourages Canadian expression, and is adaptable to changes in science and technology. Consult the Canadian Broadcasting Act for more information.




Canadian television broadcasters fall under public and private ownership. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada, Canada’s government funded broadcaster, operates television networks in English and French. Private television networks include CTV and Global for Canada-wide English broadcasting, and TVA and V which broadcast in French and are available mainly in Quebec.

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) offers programming for the First Nations in Nunavut, Yukon, and Northwest Territories; however, it is available in most of Canada only on cable. Get complete tv listings for your area, simply input your postal code and television provider.



Canadian radio stations are available on AM and FM bands as well as streaming on the Internet. You will find that most genres of music are well represented on Canadian radio as well as special interest stations for news, sports, or religious programming. Be sure to check if there is a campus radio station available at your university or college!



Visit Cellular and internet providers for more information.



Explore the opportunities for what you enjoy doing, or try something new!

  • Check Ticketmaster for upcoming music, sporting, family, and arts and theatre events. Choose and buy your tickets online!
  • Lonely Planet offers many ideas for entertainment and night life in Canada
  • Visit a museum in your province
  • Go see a movie at a theatre near you, or watch an IMAX presentation
  • Enjoy some retail therapy! The Flare magazine shares its favourite Canadian shopping malls
  • Experience the Mosaika sound and light show on Parliament Hill during summer and Christmas Lights Across Canada during winter!
  • Need your daily dose of celebrity news and gossip, check out Entertainment Tonight Canada
  • Catch an NHL hockey game if you are in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver or Winnipeg. You can also watch live stream of Hockey Night in Canada online
  • The game of cricket is growing in popularity across Canada. Check out Cricket Canada for more information
  • In Toronto? Take in a Toronto Raptors professional basketball game, or a Toronto Blue Jays major league baseball game
  • Visit Canada Soccer for news and information on soccer in Canada



  • Canadian orchestras and opera houses are found across the country
  • Meetup groups operate across the country and include many interests. You can even start your own Meetup group!
  • Don’t forget to check on-campus for ongoing events and entertainment at your university or college!
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