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.


TORONTO / July 18, 2018 — 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 wil...

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OTTAWA – The Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are pleased to announce the three winners of the 2018 EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship. The laureates will participate in a week-long study tour of European Union institutions in Bru...

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Congratulations to the 2017 CAJ Award recipients!

TORONTO, May 5, 2018 / CNW /—The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 CAJ Awards for outstanding investigative journalism. This included presenting the McGillivray Award to the team behind Unfounded, published by the Globe and Mail, rec...

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Marie-Maude Denis wins CAJ Charles Bury President’s Award

TORONTO, May 5, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists recognized Radio-Canada investigative reporter Marie-Maude Denis with the CAJ Charles Bury Award at its annual awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on May 5. The award is given under circumstances of exceptional merit to those p...

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Announcing the 2018 Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellow

TORONTO, May 4, 2018 /CNW/ - APTN and Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are pleased to announce Jamuna Galay-Tamang as the 2018 Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellow. Galay-Tamang is of Dene-Metis and Nepali heritage and has joined the team at APTN Investigates based in Winnipeg fo...

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#CAJ18 call for volunteers

We’re looking to recruit digital reporters to chronicle the happenings at #CAJ18.   Whether your interests are in audio, video, text, or social, this is a great opportunity for you to beef up your portfolio. You will also receive a full pass to the two-day conference (May 4-5, 2018) and ...

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Mind the gap: panel on 'ethnic' and 'mainstream' media relationship

As the journalism industry endures constant change, niche publications can get lost in the shuffle. Find out how some members of the ethnic press have handled their own evolution—and what lessons the mainstream media can learn. In addition to discussing collaboration, they will also add...

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Congratulations to the 2017 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWA, March 29, 2018 and April 2, 2018 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the finalists for its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada published or broadcast in 2017. The recipients in each category will be announced May 5 at the...

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2018 is a milestone year for the CAJ

Dear CAJ supporters, Before 2017, few of us might have guessed we'd see a sitting U.S. president retweet a doctored video of himself wrestling a news organization to the ground. But that bizarre, dangerous, joke of a tweet, which incited violence against journalists, symbolized what was o...

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Niagara Region’s violation of press freedom is inexcusable: CAJ

OTTAWA / Dec. 8, 2017 / CNW — Ontario’s Niagara Region became the most recent municipal government to violate a journalist’s freedom to report the news at city council. Municipality officials confiscated a reporter’s notes and equipment during an in-camera session of council...

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