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The 2022 COPA Call For Entries - Sponsored Content Challenge

The COPA’s Canada’s premier digital publishing awards program for “Content Creators” is adapting again with the market to ensure the COPA’s stay relevant in the ever changing digital.

This year the 2022 COPAs has made some interesting changes in response to the growing use of sponsored content and influencer marketing. They have opened up 9 categories to see if sponsored content can compete. The COPAs has also introduced a Best Product Story in the B2B category and the Best Digital Audience Development Idea category. There are two free categories Best Feel Good Story and Best Multi-Cultural Story that anybody can enter. The Call for Entries is July 1,  on Canada Day with a deadline of September 30, 2022. Below is the full list of categories for all the 4 divisions - B2B, B2C, News/Sports and Academic, 

Click here for the 2022 COPA Rules

COPA 2022 Call for Judges


The COPA 2022 Call for Judges is now open. Become part of the Who’s Who of Digital publishing in Canada by being part of the distinguished COPA Judging panel. The Call for Entries this year will be on Canada Day - July 1. If you are interest in becoming a volunteer judge you a register here.


COPA 2022 State of Digital  - The Canadian Digital Ecosystem

We will be publishing a series of State of Digital posts on the various digital ecosystems that will include Apple, Google/Android and Windows as part of our deep dive into the Canadian Digital Ecosystem. You can read the first one here that is published on Masthead.

Quebec and BC publishers dominate the 2021 COPAs
The 2021 COPA Awards were held virtually on Thursday, February 10 in an entertaining and fun event that had webinars from the judges and an Awards presentation complete with a virtual audience using sound effects. The big medal winners were publishers from Quebec and British Columbia.

NumériQ Inc was the big winner with 6 Gold and a silver, Discourse Media came in second with 3 Gold and 4 Silver and the Tula Foundation/Hakai Magazine came in third with 3 gold and 3 silver. Honourable mention goes to the Overstory Media Group and York University with 4 gold each. The Best of Canada winners were from Quebec and Western Canada that reflected the geographic distribution of the 2021 winners.

The complete list of winners are available here
Best of Canada GOLD medal winners
Digital Content
Capital Daily for their investigative article: “The man who stole a hotel: How Timothy Durkin took control of Sooke Harbour House” 
Digital Soluition 
QUB radio for their podcast: ”Ce n’est qu’une théorie”
Independent Publisher of the Year
Taproot Publishing Inc. for their podcast entry in the Best Blog Column/Videocast/Podcast category:”Igniting Innovation: Startup TNT”

Why the Canadian Online Publishing Awards is Good for Canada.

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards aka COPAs has become the tip of the spear for the digital publishing industry in Canada by showcasing and helping Canadian content creators move the needle forward for their brands on the global stage. The COPAs was started in 2009 as an industry showcase of the Best Digital Content creators in the magazine and newspaper industries. In 13 years it has become the largest Digital Publishing Awards Program in Canada with 4 divisions - Academic, B2B, B2C and News/Sports with a mandate  to reflect Canada’s multi-cultural diversity whenever possible. 


The COPAs is supporting News Media Canada in their efforts in the Digital Reset of the Media Industry - “The Government recognizes the need for revenue sharing; understands that there is a negotiating imbalance between digital platforms and news outlets; and acknowledges the need for tools that allow press publishers to negotiate commercial deals on a level playing field,” said Paul Deegan, president and CEO of News Media Canada.

The entries are reviewed by a Who’s Who’s of the digital publishing in Canada. The panel has over 90 judges and is a collection content, creative, digital, web, tech marketing, media and publishing experts. 


There are two categories that anybody can enter for for FREE - the Best Feel Good Story and Best Multicultural Story. This is part of the COPA’s inclusiveness policy to ensure that anybody can win a COPA. There are 4 divisions Academic, B2B, B2C and News/Sports. The COPA’s has become a badge of honour for the winners. Winners are announced at a COPA Awards Party in Toronto. 

The 2021 COPA Judging Panel
The Who’s Who’s of Canada in Digital Publishing

The COPA’s have become the tip of the spear for the Canadian digital publishing industry to help promote Canadian talent to the world and the COPA’s is now the largest Digital Publishing Awards program in Canada.


The 2021 COPA Judging has now been released on the COPA website and there are over 90+ judges this year along with 30 new ones to help determine who is the best in Canada. The COPA Judges is a volunteer panel and has participation of all geographic regions in Canada. Some of the new judges this year are shown below and they offer a blend of expertise that includes digital publishing, podcaster, art director, photographer, marketer, publisher, editor, journalist and academia. Industry participation from all sectors is growing each year. You can see the full Judging Panel at this link.



Watch the Live Twitter Broadcast of the COPAS!

May 1: Call for Judges
July 1: Call for Entries
Aug 19: Early Bird Deadline
Sept 30: Entry Deadline 
Dec 1: Finalist Announcement
Feb 2023 : COPA Party TBA

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