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The Canadian Press history

Then and now

WWI.jpg(1)The Canadian Press was created by newspaper publishers in 1917 to facilitate the exchange of news across a vast and sparsely populated country. During the First World War when publishers were desperate to bring news of Canadian troops in Europe to their readers, The Canadian Press began generating its own news copy and its war coverage transformed it from a distributor of information to Canada’s national news reporting agency. then_now_divider   newsroom.jpg(1)Today, The Canadian Press is a dynamic, agile, bilingual news agency, driven by leading-edge technology and the ability to serve multimedia news to multiple platforms. It provides real-time text, photos, audio, graphics, video and online services to newspapers, broadcasters, publishers, websites, wireless carriers, cable companies, government and corporate clients. 

Past generations of journalists who practised their craft to the beat of teletype machines would find the modern Canadian Press newsroom a strange beast indeed.  But some things would still feel comfortably familiar. As a trusted independent news agency moving forward to be even more vital in this new digital era, The Canadian Press continues to be an organization driven by a quest for first-rate journalism. We will keep Canadians informed and help them understand and experience their world more fully for many years to come.

Timeline of historical milestones

1910 – Canadian Press Ltd. re-distributes news from The Associated Press (AP) to a handful of Canadian newspapers via Morse code and telegraph wires.

1917 – Publishers want to bring news back from Canadian troops in the First World War. The Canadian Press is established.

1924 – Part of its early financing was a $50,000 federal grant to pay for telegraph lines that would link the country from coast to coast. That funding ended in 1924 by mutual agreement. Its founding publishers did not want to risk the appearance of compromise by accepting government money.

1951 – French-language service is established.

1954 – The Canadian Press launches its broadcast news service to supply national and international news to radio stations across the country. The Canadian Press would later add audio service in the 1960s and start producing network newscasts in 1979.

1980s – The Canadian Press switches from delivering news via landlines to satellite delivery.

1997 – The news agency starts delivering reports over the Internet to member newspapers and commercial subscribers.  The following year a French-language Internet service is added.

2007 – The news agency starts producing online news video reports and delivering them to newspaper websites, portals and other websites. 

2009 – The Canadian Press launches Pagemasters North America to provide newspapers in Canada and the U.S. a complete range of editorial production services from copy editing and headline writing to design and layout.

2010– Three of Canada's best known and most respected media companies team up to reinvest in The Canadian Press. Square Victoria Communications Group (parent company of Gesca Ltée) and Torstar Corporation (through its subsidiary Torstar Holdings Inc.), along with The Globe and Mail jointly invest in a new for-profit entity, Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., established to take over operations of the news agency.