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.

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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