Created by Cable for Canadians
CPAC, the Cable Public Affairs Channel, is Canada’s only privately-owned, commercial free, not for profit, bilingual licensed television service. Created in 1992 by a consortium of cable companies to preserve an independent editorial voice for Canada’s democratic process, CPAC provides a window on Parliament, politics and public affairs in Canada and around the world. Since 1992, the cable industry has invested more than $50 million in CPAC, and today CPAC programming is delivered by cable, satellite and wireless distributors to over 11 million homes in Canada, and worldwide via 24/7 webcasting and podcasts available on this website.
24. 7. Politics. TV.
Parliament…Politics….Public Affairs…CPAC is Canada’s independent, commercial-free politics TV, providing around the clock programming focused exclusively on the people and processes shaping our country each day. From our broadcast centre two blocks south of Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa, our experienced editorial staff stay on top of events as they happen—and have direct access to the politicians making them happen. The result: insight and analysis that takes you far beyond the headlines, and compelling coverage of politics and events as they happen. When things turn political, Canadians turn to CPAC.
CPAC was created in 1992 by a consortium of cable companies that today include Rogers, Shaw, Videotron, Cogeco, EastLink and Access Communications.
CPAC's Board of Directors is made up of cable industry representatives who guide the overall direction of the network. Day-to-day operations and editorial decisions are the responsibility of CPAC staff.
Canada's cable industry believes that unbiased and widespread access to the institutions, processes, individuals and events that shape Canadian public policy is a vital public service.
CPAC contributes to the quality and choice of Canadian cable programming and demonstrates the cable industry’s commitment to giving Canadians a window on the events that define and reflect the nation.
- How is CPAC funded?
- How can I switch CPAC in the language of my choice?
- How can I get copies of CPAC programming?
- How can I pitch a story idea or get CPAC to cover an event?
- How do I get program listings?
- Where can I find CPAC on the dial?
How is CPAC funded?
CPAC is Canada's only national, non-commercial bilingual network specializing in long-form, public affairs programming, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CPAC receives no government funding, nor is it affiliated with any government department or agency. Funded in part by Canada’s cable, wireless and satellite companies, CPAC is delivered to more than 10 million homes daily.
How can I switch CPAC in the language of my choice?
All CPAC programming is available in both official languages almost everywhere in Canada. Viewers can select their language of choice using their television’s Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) function. For more information click here.
How can I get copies of CPAC programming?
For DVD requests of CPAC programming which aired in the last 3 months, contact: Cision at www.cision.com or call 1-877-919-0991 or 1-416-750-2220. You will need to know the broadcast date, start and end time (in EST) of the program you wish to purchase. Transcripts are not available for CPAC programming.
To order a copy of a CPAC show, use our searchable database to find the program you need. If you need assistance, please contact 1-877-287-2722 (CPAC) or email email@example.com.
For all programming DVD requests broadcasted over 3 months ago, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-287-2722 (CPAC).
For copies of Supreme Court of Canada programming, requests should be directed to (613 ) 996-7642 or http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca/contact/photo-video-eng.asp.
For copies of House proceedings (including Question Period) and House committees, please contact House of Commons Broadcasting directly at (613) 995-1318.
For copies of Senate committees, please contact the Senate Legislative Support Office at email@example.com.
For all other information about our programming, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-287-2722 (CPAC).
How can I pitch a story idea or get CPAC to cover an event?
Please fax proposals to our editorial department at 613-567-2749 or email us at email@example.com
- Phone 1-877-287-2722 (CPAC)—automated message after hours
- Request a copy of our schedule—we would be pleased to mail it to you
- Subscribe to email programming listings
- Check online program schedule
Bell TV 512 in English and 149 in French
Shaw Direct 396
CPAC was created by the cable industry in 1992 as the Cable Parliamentary Channel, an experimental service whose primary mandate was to broadcast House of Commons proceedings. In 1995, CPAC was licensed by the CRTC as a national programming service, and in 1996 the station re-launched as the Cable Public Affairs Channel, reflecting an expanded schedule of unique public affairs programming.
1977 - Canada becomes the first country in the world to televise live Parliamentary debates, beginning with the Speech from the Throne by Queen Elizabeth II. Click here for a thorough historical perspective.
1979 - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the federal broadcast regulator, grants the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) the exclusive license to provide the service.
1986 - Members of the Canadian cable television industry propose enhancing the Parliamentary Channel to include additional public affairs programming.
1988 - To further this objective, the CBC and the cable industry agree to build upon the original Parliamentary Channel to form the Canadian Parliamentary Channel (CPAC).
1990 - The House of Commons gives the CPAC proposal unanimous all-party support.
1991 - The CBC announces that it will cease funding the channel because of budget cut-backs. The House of Commons itself begins to pay for satellite transmission of its proceedings. The annual cost to taxpayers is $2 million.
Early 1992 - A consortium of 27 Canadian cable companies forms to distribute the service, ensuring that millions of Canadian cable households would continue to receive House of Commons broadcasts at no cost to taxpayers or cable subscribers.
October 1992 - The consortium now known as the Cable Parliamentary Channel (CPAC) takes over operation of the channel.
September 1993 - In response to CPAC's application, the CRTC grants a short-term experimental broadcasting license, giving the channel the flexibility to develop further as a forum for public affairs programming.
January 20, 1995 - CPAC is granted a seven-year renewal of its broadcasting licenses commencing September 1, 1995. Under its agreement with the Speaker of the House of Commons, CPAC distributes live coverage of the House proceedings, then repeats the entire proceedings each day. The rest of the daily schedule is filled with long-form programming of conferences, speeches and proceedings from provincial legislatures.
October 1, 1996 - CPAC launches a new season, new image, and a new name -- CABLE PUBLIC AFFAIRS CHANNEL -- to reflect its increased coverage of public affairs programming, which is 30 hours a week of original network programming, and 46 hours a week of long-form coverage of House and Senate Committees, public hearings, conferences and special events.
November 19, 2002 - The CRTC renews CPAC’s broadcasting license for a seven-year period, making CPAC a mandatory channel by most cable and satellite providers in both official languages.
October 23, 2005 – CPAC is rebranded as Canada’s 24.7.Politics. TV., with a fresh new on-air look and attitude.
• CPAC is Canada's only national, bilingual network presenting Parliamentary, political and public affairs programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• 98% of CPAC programming is Canadian.
• Operating as a non-profit company, CPAC is a commercial-free programming service.
• CPAC receives no government funding, nor is it affiliated with any government department or agency.
• CPAC is the only network that provides Canadians with continuous, live coverage of the proceedings of the House of Commons whenever the House is in session.
• CPAC has a full-time staff of 50 based in Ottawa, and a large pool of talented freelancers working across Canada.
• CPAC's signal originates from its broadcast centre in Ottawa, and is distributed nationally in a digitally compressed format, on Anik F1R, Ku band, Transponder T5.
• CPAC is available on this website via live webcasting, with select programming also available in podcast format.
CPAC's Mission Statement:
CPAC's mandate is to provide a screen-based platform for civil discussion of public policy, political and parliamentary issues affecting Canadians.
CPAC's programming policy seeks to foster this mandate by:
- Ensuring balance in coverage of issues;
- Seeking a variety of voices;
- Providing the opportunity for all participants to make their point;
- Seeking to inform rather than challenge.
CPAC's Programming Principles:
- CPAC must broadcast live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the proceedings of the House of Commons as well as gavel-to-gavel coverage of both House and Senate Committees provided to CPAC;
- CPAC will not present its own editorial position in any of the programming which it distributes;
- CPAC will present a balance of diverse points of view and, in particular, represent the various views held by Canadians in the different regions of the country;
- CPAC's programming must reflect Canada's dual linguistic nature; and
- CPAC's programming will not contain any commercial content.