COVID-19 : Programming changes and special coverage

Regular updates about changes to our schedules

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving situation. As the public broadcaster we have set up special programming giving Canadians 24-hour access to trusted news as it develops.

May 29, 2020

The last episode of Tom Power What're you At? will air June 14th. Following that, the Indspire Awards will air June 21st, and effective June 28th a back-to-back strip of Best of Still Standing will start at 8PM. This will lead in to Just for Laughs / Winnipeg / Halifax comedy specials airing at 9PM for the remainder of the Summer.



May 21, 2020

Effective immediately, the following changes have been made to the Monday night schedule from 8pm to 10pm: Hotel Baghdad / Jackie Robinson and Fortitude will be replaced with Encores of Murdoch Mysteries (8P) and Frankie Drake (9P).



April 23, 2020

After incredible response and interest, the previously announced all-Canadian special, STRONGER TOGETHER, TOUS ENSEMBLE, has been extended to a 90-minute broadcast now airing 30 minutes earlier at 6:30 p.m. across all markets / 7 p.m. NT on Sunday, April 26. The event, in support of frontline workers fighting the battle against COVID-19, and Food Banks Canada, has become the largest single-show broadcast in Canadian history.

Canadians who are able are invited to donate to Food Banks Canada in association with the broadcast to support local food banks from coast-to-coast-to-coast as they face the drastic impacts of COVID-19.

How to Donate:

SMS: Text COVID to 30333 to donate $5, $10, or $20



April 2, 2020

Radio-Canada and Québec Cinéma regretfully announce that the 2020 edition of GALA QUÉBEC CINÉMA, scheduled for Sunday June 7, must be cancelled due to the current circumstances which make such a large-scale gathering impossible.

Radio-Canada and Québec Cinéma are committed to promoting the works and talent of local creators and artisans who have enabled us to experience a particularly prosperous film year. The two organizations are now exploring various avenues to offer visibility to this year's finalists and winners. Details will be announced at a later date.



March 31, 2020

CBC Gem is Canada's free streaming service, offering more than 5000 hours of live and on-demand acclaimed, authentically Canadian programming and a curated selection of the best-in-class content from around the world including:

  • CBC News Network now free for all CBC Gem users
  • 750 documentary titles
  • Library of 120+ Canadian films, with a new film added each week
  • More than 300 hours of ad-free content for kids and tweens


Collections available to stream on CBC Gem:

THE CRITICS ARE RAVING: Alias Grace, Top of the Lake: China Girl, The Oland Murder, Luther, Documentary Now and more

LIFESTYLE: Jensplaining, Fridge Wars, Escape to the Chateau, Back in Time for Dinner and more

GREAT COMEDY SERIES: Schitt's Creek, The Newsroom, Kenny Vs. Spenny, Baroness von Sketch Show, How To Buy a Baby, TallBoyz and more 

RETRO FAVOURITES: Kids in the Hall, The Newsroom, Being Erica, Edgemont, Slings & Arrows a


New on CBC Gem starting Thursday April 2:

BEYOND THE SPECTRUM (Canadian Documentary, 2017, directed by Steven Suderman)

Begins streaming Thursday

An Ontario family of seven drops everything for a year after two-year-old Oskar is diagnosed with autism.



March 26 2020

  • CBC/Radio-Canada specialty channels ICI ARTV and ICI EXPLORA are now more widely available through participating TV distributors across Canada. ICI ARTV offers arts and cultural programming, while ICI EXPLORA focuses on science, environment, nature, and health.
  • ICI RDI's 24/60, which airs weeknights at 7 pm EDT, has added an additional hour of programming
  • CBC Kids News and Radio-Canada's MAJ are providing COVID-19 news coverage in a tone suitable for younger audiences, featuring their peers. For kids, by kids.
  • ICI TOU.TV and CBC Gem, CBC/Radio-Canadas' free streaming services, have a robust collection of programming for kids, youth, and family viewing. Titles include Find Me In Paris, Endlings, Detention Adventure, Molly of Denali, Mère & Fille, Papa épique, Nomades and Avec moi, as well the documentary series Marie-Mai : ma façon d'exister and Cheerleading.
  • The CBC Listen and Radio-Canada OHdiooffer apps offer on-demand playlists and podcasts. On CBC Listen, audiences can enjoy podcasts like: More with Anna Maria Tremonti, Alone: A Love Story, Chosen Family, hosted by Thomas Leblanc and Tranna Wintour, and The Secret Life of Canada. On Radio-Canada OHdio, listeners will find Mademoiselle Julie, with Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Louis-José Houde's Le show caché 2, Adib Alkhalidey's Je t'aime, and Korine Côté's Mon show.



March 25 2020

A number of changes have been made to our Spring schedule, here are select highlights:

Weekly changes to Spring Schedule week of March 30th

  • Just for Laughs Gags to replace Hockey Night in Canada pre-show (Saturdays: 6:30pm-7pm)


Select Schedule Changes:

  • Coronation Street Prime to replace Road to the Olympic Games Canadian Olympic Swim Trials (Monday March 30-Wednesday April 1: 7pm-7:30pm)
  • Family Feud Canada Encore to replace Olympic Games Canadian Olympic Swim Trials (Thursday April 2-Friday April 3: 7pm-7:30pm)
  • Movie: Pipe Dreams to replace Hockey Night in Canada (Wednesday April 8: 8pm-10pm)
  • The Nature of Things to replace Hockey Night in Canada (Thursday April 9, Friday April 10: 9pm-10pm)
  • The Nature of Things marathon to replace Hockey Night in Canada (Sunday April 12: 7pm-10pm)


ICI TÉLÉ Schedule Changes:

  • Infoman has been prolonged until June 18th
  • Tout le monde en parle will end it's regular season on April 19th with a Best Of episode aired on April 26
  • District 31 will end on April 2nd rather than April 16th



March 19 2020

Additional content for kids now available

With school closures still in place, CBC/Radio-Canada has increased their content for kids with an expanded commercial-free CBC Kids block, daily from 11am to 12pm.

Complimentary access to is now available. This subscription-based platform targets educational institutions from primary through to post-secondary levels across Canada. You can now access thousands of programs, documentaries, audio content and archival material from CBC/Radio-Canada on a provisional basis.


Kim's Convenience to air in its time slot.

Due to COVID-19, the Canadian Screen Awards scheduled to air on Sunday March 29 from 8pm to 10pm EST has been cancelled. In its place, we will be airing a Kim's Convenience marathon. Tune to this fan favourite for some much needed laughter.



March 17 2020


The En direct avec Patrice Roy show will update you on the latest developments related to the pandemic and its impact on our society, from March 16 to 20 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.

Consequently, the program ON VA SE LE DIRE is presented in an hour-long version, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the program SILENCE, ON JOUE !, usually broadcast at 5:30 p.m., as well as its rerun the following day at 11:30 am have been withdrawn from the schedule.

Finally, the program L'EFFET SECONDAIRE on Friday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. is also removed from the schedule. Reruns of episodes 1 and 2 will be broadcast on Saturday March 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.


You will find all the relevant information in the COVID-19 file: all about the pandemic, which also allows you to follow the evolution of the situation here and abroad.

CBC News Network and ICI RDI now available to more Canadians

As of March 14, CBC News Network is now available to all subscribers on Bell TV, Shaw, and Cogeco. It is also now accessible on CBC Gem, the CBC News app, and

The same is true for ICI RDI, which is available to all subscribers on Bell TV, Vidéotron and Cogeco. It is also accessible online at and via the Radio-Canada Info app.


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