Independent Advisory Board on eligibility for journalism tax measures

In March 2020, as a result of the tax measures to support Canadian journalism organizations announced in Budget 2019, the Government created the Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures (Advisory Board) by way of Order in Council and appointed its first members.


The Advisory Board’s mandate is to provide an independent assessment and make written, non-binding recommendations on whether an organization meets certain criteria for qualified Canadian journalism designation (QCJO). Specifically, whether an organization produces original news content, and employs two journalists who deal at arm’s length with the organization in the production of its content.

Board Members

Members of the Advisory Board were selected with consideration given to the linguistic, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the country. The Advisory Board is composed of journalism experts whose experience is drawn from their work as current and retired faculty members from post-secondary journalism schools across Canada, as well as in the journalism industry.

Advisory Board members

Colette Brin, Professor, Université Laval and Director of the Centre for Media Studies, Québec (Chairperson)

Colette Brin

Doctor Colette Brin is a Professor at Université Laval's Département d'information et de communication and the Director of the Centre d'études sur les médias. Her research and teaching focus on recent and ongoing changes in journalistic practice through policy and organizational initiatives, and more recently on citizens' news practices in digital spaces. She was previously a journalist with La Liberté and Radio-Canada in Manitoba.

Dr. Brin holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Public Communications from Université Laval. 

Kim Kierans, Inglis Professor, University of King's College, Halifax (Vice-chairperson)

Kim Kierans

Professor Kim Kierans began teaching at the University of King's College School of Journalism in 1997 after a career working at newspapers and at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a news reporter and editor. In 2003, she became Director of the School of Journalism, a position she held until 2010. She was also Vice-President of the university from 2010 until 2017.

Prof. Kierans also teaches internationally. Over the past 15 years, she has developed new curriculum and taught various courses in the Masters in Journalism program at the Asian Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She has also conducted training programs in writing, broadcasting and multimedia throughout southeast Asia and Eurasia.

Prof. Kierans holds a Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada studies from St. Mary's University.

Margo Goodhand, Director, Editor, Author, Speaker, British Columbia

Margo Goodhand

Ms. Margo Goodhand is on the board of the Michener Awards Foundation and is Chief Judge of the Michener Awards. A former governor of the National Newspaper Awards, Ms. Goodhand served as the first female editor of the Winnipeg Free Press and the founding editor of the Okanagan Business Magazine and as the editor-in-chief of the Edmonton Journal.

Ms. Goodhand holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Politics from the University of Winnipeg and the designation of Institute of Corporate Directors, Director from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (2018).

Pierre-Paul Noreau, President, Michener Awards Foundation, Québec 

Pierre-Paul Noreau

Mr. Pierre-Paul Noreau is currently President of the Michener Awards Foundation and consults on various projects related to the fields of management, communication and journalism. Before retiring from the daily Le Droit last January, Mr. Noreau was a member of the board of directors of News Media Canada, Conseil de Presse du Québec, Copibec, and RecycleMédias.

Mr. Noreau has worked in the news industry for more than 42 years, including at the daily Le Soleil de Québec (1977-2015) and as the former president and publisher at Le Droit in Ottawa (2015-2019).

Mr. Noreau graduated from Université Laval with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism.

Annual reports

Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures - Annual Report 2020-2021

Related Links

Order in Council

Guidance on the income tax measures to support journalism

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