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COPA’s Unveil 2023 Categories - Search for Canada Best Influencer

The COPA's have released the 2023 Categories that includes New “ Best Influencer” category and an expanded Academic Division to further showcase student work. The COPA’s have started the CAll for Judges for anybody with interest. The COPA’s is now in it 15th year and has become the Largest Digital Publishing Industry showcase.

The COPAs Reveals New Top 10 Rankings of the 2022 Award Winners

The COPA’s has unveiled a new ranking of the 2022 entries, the top ten scores from all the entries will be showcased as part of the COPA’s mission to make some noise for Canadian publishers. This ranking will show the scores out of 100 that was received by the 92 volunteers on the judging panel.

The results show how competitive the COPAs is with the difference between #1 and #10 was less than 5% - 91.67/100 versus 96.5/100. Twenty two entries emerged in the top 10, as ties were allowed. There was a tie for #1 between entries from Today’s Trucking and Lawyer 360 Canada (Lawyers Weekly). These two entries were in a tie for their category, but Lawyers 360 Canada won the Gold medal tie-breaker. They both had a score of 96.50/100. Second place went to Fête Chinoise with a score of 95.67/100. There was a two way tie for third from Glacier Media’s New Westminster Record and Policy Options with a score of 95.33/100.

CBC North’s two gold medals also earned them a #9 and #10 ranking. One of the Academic divsion student entries from the University of King’s College received a rating of #8 to show the the work coming from the schools is top-notch. Travelzoo had two TOP 10 rankings (#6 and #9) which is significant as their entries are considered as content marketing. Urbania a French language publication garnered two in the TOP 10 at #7 and #9.

Some other silver medals winners also emerged in the TOP 10 for their entries as Village Media ( and who won two silvers but had two TOP 10 rankings (#5 and #7). Sharp Magazine another silver medal winner was ranked in the TOP 10 with #9.

Who Copped a COPA for 2022

The 14th Annual COPA Awards Party was held on February 9, 2023 to announce the 2022 Winners. This year the competition reached new levels with the degree of separation of winners and losers was less that 1% sometimes according to Martin Seto, the producer of the COPAs.

The big winner in 2022 was The Discourse Community Publishing that won 4 Gold and 4 Silver based in British Columbia, this coincides with the growth of media catering to tribal communities in Canada participating in the COPAs. The next big gold medal winner was University Affairs with 3 Gold and 1 Silver.

The schools made a comeback in 2022 with increased participation in the Academic Division as students went back to school. The UBC School of Journalism lead the way 4 Gold and 2 Silver and Queens University with 2 Gold. The COPAs works closely with all schools to provide student opportunities.

You can check out all the winners on the COPA website at this link.


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

Click here for a complete list by division

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.

Watch the Live Twitter Broadcast of the COPAS!

May 1: Call for Judges
July 1: Call for Entries
Aug 18: Early Bird Deadline
Sept 30: Entry Deadline 
Dec 1: Finalist Announcement
Feb 8, 2024 : COPA Awards Party

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