Online disinformation

A strong democracy relies on Canadians having access to diverse and reliable sources of news and information so that they can form opinions, hold governments and individuals to account and participate in public discourse. In response to the increase in false, misleading and inflammatory disinformation published online and through social media, the Government of Canada has made it a priority to help equip citizens with the tools and skills needed to critically assess online information.

Digital Citizen Initiative

The Digital Citizen Initiative is a multi-component strategy that aims to support democracy and social cohesion in Canada by building citizen resilience against online disinformation and building partnerships to support a healthy information ecosystem.

This initiative supports Citizen-focused activities, including digital, news and civic literacy programming and tools. The activities will engage a broad range of Canadian audiences, including youth and adults, in both official languages. Examples include funding to support training sessions, awareness-raising activities, and tools to help Canadians to:

  • critically assess online reporting and digital media;
  • understand how algorithms work and when they might impact a user’s online experience;
  • know how and when malicious actors exploit online platforms and other internet technology;
  • acquire skills on how to avoid being susceptible to manipulation online; and/or
  • effectively engage in public debate and discourse online.

Funding opportunities for the Citizen-focused activities of the Digital Citizen Initiative are available through the following programs:

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