What does it mean to be Canadian? As the country prepares to mark 150 years since Confederation, Rogers Media has launched The Canada Project, a multi-brand cross-platform collection of content celebrating Canada.
At the centre of The Canada Project is a sweeping survey of nearly 100 questions put forth to more than 1,500 Canadians, revealing what Canadians really believe, and how we really feel. Commissioned by Rogers Media and executed by Abacus Data, the survey asked Canadians – from new immigrants to fourth-generation families, millennials to boomers, parents to singles – questions on everything from hot-button political issues and values, to lifestyle and leisure preferences, and intensely personal queries. Canadians take pride in being different from our southern neighbours, but how different are we really? When we travel, where do we want to go? When we lie awake at night worrying about our family’s future, what’s on our mind?
Results from the survey will be showcased on a dedicated hub launching today at Macleans.ca, with relevant stories and complementary anniversary content featured throughout June and July across broadcast and digital platforms, including CityNews™, Breakfast Television™, OMNI Television™, FLARE™, HELLO! Canada™, Chatelaine™, Today’s Parent™, Sportsnet.ca and more. Rogers Media’s news, entertainment, sports, and lifestyle brands dig deeper into what Canadians have revealed. From platform to platform, these stories examine our country through the most important eyes: Yours.
Other The Canada Project highlights include:
LOCAL NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:
· Beginning June 16 for 15 consecutive days leading into July 1st, CityNews Toronto spotlights a different decade each day – beginning with 1867 – exploring Canada’s history and the historical issues…and what we think of those ideas now. Catch up on segments online at CityNews.ca and join the conversation at #DecadeOfTheDay. Have something to say about your Canadian experience – starting June 16th, join the CityNews crew at noon in Toronto’s Dundas Square each day for a revival of Speakers’ Corner™ and watch it on Facebook Live.
· Wake up on Canada Day with a one-hour Breakfast Television special at 7am on City (check listings for local markets) that highlights our national pride. Driven by results from the exclusive Rogers Media The Canada Project survey, the special includes segments about what national and international events we’re most proud of, best sporting moment, favourite iconic Canadian food, and ultimate Canadian music hero.
· On Canada Day weekend, OMNI Television presents Why I Chose Canada, a 30-minute special that profiles 10 people’s journey to Canada and what lead to their decision in choosing this country. Hear how some came seeking better opportunities while others came to escape political turmoil. Each person’s story is unique, but all share a common love for Canada. Reflecting the diverse languages and cultures of Canadians today, Why I Chose Canada will end with “O Canada” sung in multiple languages including Mandarin, Punjabi, Arabic, Italian, German, Spanish, Tagalog and more, courtesy of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Why I Chose Canada will air in English, with subtitled versions in Cantonese and Mandarin.
· Entertainment City asked Canadian celebs what makes them proud to be Canadian and what they love most about our country. Non-Canadian stars chime in to share their best experience about Canada and Canadians.
· Starting June 26th, visit HELLO! Canada for a gallery/video to discover stars with surprising Canadian roots, an essay by Dustin Milligan on why he’s proud to be Canadian, and a gallery highlighting the Royals’ most memorable Canadian visits.
· Cityline loves a celebration! Airing on City on Friday, June 23rd at 8pm, host Tracy Moore travels coast to coast with PC in Cityline Celebrates Canada 150, a one-hour special exploring truly Canadian food, products, and ideas to celebrate the holiday. Exclusive digital content delves into entertaining ideas, favourite Canadian holiday destinations, uniquely Canadian life hacks, and more.