Awards

The Canadian Association of Journalists runs an annual awards program that recognizes the best in Canadian journalism—with a particular focus on investigative work. Entries are welcome from any practising journalist whose work has been published or broadcast in Canada.

A call for entries is usually issued in December or January, with a submission deadline in late January or early February. Once judging is complete, we release a list of the finalists in each category. The winning entry in each category is announced as part of our annual conference’s banquet. CAJ conferences usually run in May or June.

Learn more about our categories and previous winners at the links below.

To go straight to the submission portal, click here.

New award for Indigenous journalists

OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists and JHR are pleased to announce a new journalism award: the JHR / CAJ Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award. This new award will join the 14 other categories within the annual CAJ Awards program starting this year. Entries ...

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In the Field: Travis Lupick

 The Downtown Eastside is arguably the country’s most visible example of the human cost of Canada’s opioid abuse. Travis Lupick explains how he teamed up with Amanda Seibert to take readers and viewers to the streets to tell the story of an embattled community struggling to help &nd...

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Canada's most secretive local government agency: Toronto Hydro

TORONTO / Oct. 24 / CNW — Toronto Hydro is the 2017 recipient of the Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the category of local government departments and agencies. The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson Unive...

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Canada's most secretive federal department: The Treasury Board of Canada

Canada's most secretive federal department: The Treasury Board of Canada OTTAWA / Oct. 18 / CNW — Ottawa's point-man on access-to-information reform, Treasury Board President Scott Brison, is this year's first recipient of the Code of Silence Award for outstanding achievement in governme...

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In The Field: Karen Howlett

Karen Howlett explains how a team of Globe and Mail journalists attempted to trace the deadly path of fentanyl from supplier to consumer— a search that would produce troubling questions about the ability of governments to get a handle on this national crisis. ...

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Fellowship for Aboriginal Investigative Journalism

Fellowship for Aboriginal Investigative Journalism The selection process is chaired by the CAJ, to ensure the highest journalistic standards are upheld. The Fellowship is administered by APTN, and is funded by APTN.  Fellowship Guidelines Fellowship recipients will produce a 22-minute origi...

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Call for nominations: Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy

The Canadian Association of Journalists, the Centre for Free Expression, News Media Canada and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are inviting nominations for the Code of Silence Award for outstanding achievement in government secrecy. The award will be given annually in each of four categ...

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Announcing the 2017 EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellows

OTTAWA, June 14, 2017 /CNW/ - The European Union Delegation to Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are pleased to announce the three winners of the 2017 EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship who will participate in a week-long study tour of European Unio...

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APTN wins CAJ Charles Bury Award

OTTAWA, April 30, 2017 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists recognized the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network with the CAJ Charles Bury Award at its annual awards gala at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel on April 29. The award is given under circumstances of exceptional merit to those ...

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‘Congratulations’ to Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal!

OTTAWA, April 30, 2017 /CNW/ – The most secretive government department in Canada, as “honoured” by the Canadian Association of Journalists at its annual awards gala at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel on April 29, is Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal. The winning nomination for...

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