Qualified Canadian journalism organization

To be designated as a qualified Canadian journalism organization (QCJO), an organization is required to meet the criteria set out in the Income Tax Act. For more information on these criteria, go to Guidance on income tax measures to support journalism.

An organization must be designated as a QCJO in order to claim the Canadian journalism labour tax credit, potentially have their subscription costs be considered as qualifying subscription expenses for the digital news subscription tax credit, and/or to apply for qualified donee status as a registered journalism organization.

Self-screening

Before applying for QCJO designation, see if your organization may be eligible by referring to the self-screening tool. If you have further questions about the QCJO designation process after self-screening, please provide us with some details in this webform, which will be submitted directly to our office. We will call you back within 3 business days of receiving your request.

Apply for QCJO designation

Organizations need to apply, by completing form T625, Application for Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization Designation, to the Minister of National Revenue for QCJO designation. Complete the application form, attach any supporting documents and either submit it through MyBA, or send it to:

Canada Revenue Agency
Journalism Designation Section
Place de Ville, Tower A, 320 Queen Street
6th floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0L5

After you apply for QCJO designation

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will review your application once received. If the application is complete, you will receive a letter informing you as such. However, if there is information missing, we will write to you to explain what is required to complete the application.

Once a completed application is received, the CRA will review the information and documents to determine if the organization meets the criteria for QCJO designation. Where an organization meets the objective criteria, the CRA will work with the Advisory Board who will review the application and make a recommendation as to whether the organization produces original news content and follows journalistic processes and principles. If it does not meet the objective criteria, the journalism organization will be advised in writing with details on the criteria that were not met.

Advisory Board

The Government has announced that an independent Advisory Board will be established for the purposes of making certain recommendations on organizations applying for QCJO designation. The Advisory Board will be mandated to make recommendations with respect to whether an organization meets the qualitative criteria for QCJO designation.

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, 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. For the past 12 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 first female news editor of the Medicine Hat News, as well 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.

Karim H. Karim, Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa 

Dr Karim H Karim

Doctor Karim H. Karim is a professor at Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication, of which he was previously the director (2006-2009). He is currently Director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam. 

He is a member of the board of the Canadian Journal of Communication and Global Media Journal – Canadian Edition. He is also an associate of Migration and Diaspora Studies and the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University and is cross-appointed to Carleton's Journalism program and Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture.

Dr. Karim served as Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, UK (2009-2011) and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2004.

Dr. Karim holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Communication Studies and a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies from McGill University.

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