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We need you!

We need you!

Posted: 2023-01-19 11:59:48 By: thebay

Listeners!  We need your help! We would like you to send a message to the federal government about the importance of this station.

This radio station was created by and for the community.  As a not for profit organization, you own this station – a station that can never be sold.  It will always belong to you – provided we are financially sustainable.

The federal government is currently working on the budget for April 1, 2023, to March 30, 2024. We have put together a specific ask and have shared it with the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, MP Scott Aitchison and others listed below.  We believe that you can help us with two critical programs that will allow us to not only survive but thrive in this community.

1) The extension and expansion of the Local Journalism Initiative (we currently have 41 stations with paid journalists on the ground – but not in Muskoka), as the 5-year program is about to enter its final year without a plan after 2024 to renew the program.  We are looking for that program to expand to $20 million a year, and make it permanent.

2) Establish a 25 million dollar annual Community Broadcasting Fund to be distributed among all stations.  This fund would support all licensed broadcasters, with core and stable funding of around $90,000.

The Canadian broadcasting system is based on three pillars, Community, Public, and Commercial. Unfortunately, only one of those pillars, still to this day, gets no government support at all (that’s us). These stations are vital to the Canadian voice – your voice, and our proposal to the federal government for budget 2023 is aimed at addressing this imbalance.

Will it work? One only must look to Australia as an example. More than 20 years ago the Australian government committed a comparable funding envelope to community broadcasters. Today they have more than 450 community stations compared to the 235 we have in Canada while our population is a full third greater than that of Australia.

Help us not only to survive – but thrive!


What to do:

Copy and paste these addresses into your email program:

Scott.Aitchison@parl.gc.ca hon.pablo.rodriguez@pch.gc.ca, chrystia.freeland@fin.gc.ca, minister-ministre@infc.gc.ca, president-presidente@tbs-sct.gc.ca, pm@pm.gc.ca, alex@crfc-fcrc.ca, barry@ncra.ca, hbr@muskokaradio.com

Copy this text or write your own letter:



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau;

Hon. Chrystia Freeland;

Hon. Pablo Rodriguez

Hon. Scott Aitchison


Dear Prime Minister,

I am an active and dedicated listener to CKAR-FM Radio, located in Muskoka.  This station provides critical local news, information and entertainment to me which I cannot access through any other medium.  I am writing to ask that you support this very important station that serves this community and fights against disinformation. You can do so by

1) Increasing the Local Journalism Initiative to $20 million a year and making it permanent. 

2) Establishing a 25 million dollar annual Community Broadcasting Fund to be distributed among all community radio stations, including this one.

Without access to my local community radio station, I would not be able to stay connected to the community that I live in and love.  

Thank you;

[Your Name, Your Contact Information, Your location]