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Canadian Publishers Chase for Gold at the 2022 COPAs
The COPAs have become the preeminent industry showcase of the Canadian publishing industry in its 14th year. This year’s crop of COPA finalists had 72 publishers from across Canada. The publishers with the most finalist nominations include Discourse Community Publishing with 14 nominations for their various brands that include The Discourse (6), IndigNews (5), The Wren (2) and Sun Peaks (1). Next up was IT World Canada, UBC School of Journalism and University Affairs magazine all with eight nominations. See below for a full list.
The COPA 2022 Finalists chase for Gold will be revealed on February 9, 2023 at an hybrid event held at the Dim Sum King Restaurant in Toronto, with the live event being webcast on Zoom. The 2022 COPA event will cost $95 for the live event that will be an intimate dinner party with a 10 course meal. The webcast is $35. Tickets can be purchased at this link
Top Finalists
Discourse Community Publishing (14), IT World Canada (8), UBC School of Journalism (8), University Affairs magazine (8), York University (7), Narcity Media Group (6), Fête Chinoise(6)
Five Nominations
IMPACT Magazine, Sharp Magazine, Toronto Metropolitan University, TravelPulse Canada, Travelzoo, Village Media
Four Nominations
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Glacier FarmMedia, Queen's University, Today's Parent
Three Nominations
Black Press Media, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Legion Magazine, Conestoga College, Corus Entertainment, CRACKYL Media Inc., Lead Podcasting, Radio Canada International, MoneySense, Top Hat, URBANIA
Two Nominations
All Things Home Inc, Annex Business Media, BGP Publishing, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Foodism, Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine, Ideon Media, Krembil Brain Institute, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, Metro Media, Mount Royal University, Nunatsiaq News, NumériQ inc, Ontario OUT of DOORS,, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Workshop Magazine
Single Nomination
Apt613 Community Initiatives, Asparagus Media Ltd, Daily Hive, Broadview, Edmonton Community Foundation,, Esoterica Magazine, Environment Journal, Grenier aux nouvelles, Herb Communications, Hub Media Canada, Humber College, Longwoods Publishing Corporation, McGill University, MediaEdge Communications Inc, Harrowsmith Magazine, Today's Trucking, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, PressProgress, Rogers Media, Sheridan College, So.da, Teach Magazine, The Institute for Research on Public Policy, The Walrus, University of King's College, West End Phoenix

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. 

COPA launches Judges Blog on Masthead


The COPAs are making some noise this year with the launch of a COPA Judges Blog as a way for the Judging Panel to interact with the industry and provide some of their wisdom. The COPA Judging panel is the Who’s Who of the digital publishing industry in Canada with experts in publishing, marketing, technology and content creating. Check out the COPA Judge's Blog 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.

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

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”


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 9, 2023 : COPA Party

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