In the fall of 2019 CACTUS and the Fédération choose 17 community TV stations in underserved communities to Host LJI Journalists, from Gaspé to the interior of British Columbia (see our Partners page for the full list).
In the summer of 2019, CACTUS and the Federation are chosen along with five other Administrative Organization to Manage LJI Funding for Community TV. The measure is undertaken to introduce separation between the federal government and the news organizations who will host the journalists.
The Local Journalism Initiative was announced by the federal government in the 2018 budget. Meetings with media industry groups in early 2019 sought to identify ways in which the program could be managed at arms length from government, to preserve journalistic independence of participation media organizations.