Producing engaging and compelling content while supporting industry talent is at the heart of what we do.
Corus plays a major role in Canada’s vibrant media and entertainment landscape.
At Corus, we continue to foster a strong and sustainable media industry that is both domestically successful and globally competitive through the acquisition, development, production and broadcast of content in addition to the investment of millions of dollars in original Canadian productions. We also invest in education as it relates to broadcast journalism and partner with organizations and universities across Canada to support new voices and new talent.
Our unique position as an integrated broadcaster, producer and distributor of original content gives us a distinct advantage to work with strong homegrown Canadian talent and showcase premium original content to global audiences.
We are committed to telling diverse stories, including those of underrepresented groups, in our original programming and productions.
- We are committed to greater diversity, both on and off the screen, in the content we produce.
- A significant number of our scripted drama programming is proudly showrun and produced by female-owned companies
- We are committed to ensuring our factual programming portrays a diverse view of the world both in story, and who we follow through our documentary series
- We prioritize high-quality storytelling in our lifestyle programming, and ensure casting reflects the diverse nature of our audiences
- Our kids programming tells stories and crafts characters through the positive representation of visible minorities without relying on stereotypes
- We support educational opportunities for Black students pursuing post-secondary studies in journalism and commit to mentoring aspiring media professionals.
- Our kids publishing division, Kids Can Press, commits to advancing equity and reflecting the diversity of Canada by publishing books by authors and illustrators that bring untold Canadian stories to life
Who We Support
We continue to partner with organizations that support and celebrate the Canadian screen-based media industry through diversity programs and focused mentorship opportunities. Last year, our national news network, Global News, provided over $250,000 for journalism scholarships across Canada.
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Corus lends support to Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in the form of sponsorship for the Canadian Screen Awards and Family Fan Day, which celebrate and recognize excellence in Canadian film, television and digital media.
BANFF World Media Festival
Corus is proud to support programs leading up to and during the Banff World Media Festival, one of which is:
- The Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program offers five emerging Canadian writers, from a diversity of backgrounds, the opportunity to attend the festival, network with producers and industry stakeholders and complete a two-week internship in the story department of a prime time series.
Canadian Association of Black Journalists
Corus is a proud supporter of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) whose mandate is to advance the work of Black journalists and media professionals in Canada .Through scholarships and internships, Global News and CABJ work together to empower the next generation of journalists.
Canadian Film Centre
Corus continues a creative partnership with the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) to invest in bringing Canadian stories to the big screen. The CFC features programs for professionals in the Canadian film, television and digital media industries, including directors, producers, screenwriters, actors and musicians.
Canadian Media Producers Association
Corus is a proud supporter of the Canadian Media Producers Association, Canada’s trade association for independent producers, and its annual three-day national conference, Prime Time in Ottawa.
Corus is a founding partner of the Content Canada conference, an event dedicated to defining and delivering next generation content to screens across all platforms and through insightful panel discussions, exclusive screenings and networking.
Global News Scholars
A scholarship program that provides renewable entrance scholarships for Black students who will pursue post-secondary studies in journalism. Recipients will also have the opportunity to receive mentoring throughout their studies from seasoned Black journalists who currently work for Global News.
Halifax Black Film Festival
Global News proudly supports the Halifax Black Film Festival each year and in 2020, the Young, Gifted & Black initiative was launched inviting high school students from across Nova Scotia to create a two-minute short film showcasing their talent as young and independent filmmakers.
HireBIPOC is an industry-wide initiative to create meaningful change around hiring practices and ensure a more inclusive workforce. As a foundational partner, Corus, along with other Canadian media companies, have committed to making use of HireBIPOC a condition of greenlight for original productions is one of the resources used by external companies and internal groups.
Corus continues to support Indspire through bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students across Canada pursuing education in fields related to broadcasting, journalism and media.
Journalists for Human Rights
Global News has been a long-time supporter of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), Canada’s leading media development organization that trains journalists to report on human rights and governance issues in their communities. Corus’ EVP, Broadcast Networks, which includes Global News and Corus Radio, is a JHR Ambassador.
University of King’s College
Recognizing the need for diversity in newsrooms and amongst journalists, the Global News Award is given to a King’s College journalism student who is African Canadian with preference given to an African Nova Scotian applicant.
Women in Communications and Technology
Corus supports Women in Communications and Technology through sponsorship of the Corus Mentorship Program, a program designed to help women advance to senior roles within the communications industry.
Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T)
Corus is an active member of WIFT-T as a sponsor of the Corus Media Management Accelerator Program, developed in conjunction with the G. Raymond Chang School of Business at Ryerson University, that provides business training for screen-based professionals and entrepreneurs with less than five years of management experience.
Youth Media Alliance
Corus supports The Youth Media Alliance, an organization that works to improve the quality of screen-based media content for Canadian children and teens.