RTDNA Canada Announces 2023 Central Region Award Winners 

Toronto, ON (June 15, 2023) RTDNA Canada is pleased to recognize excellence in digital and broadcast journalism with the Regional Awards of Excellence.

RTDNA Canada Awards honour the best journalists, programs, platforms, stations, and news-gathering organizations in audio, digital, and video.

Congratulations to these winners for their excellent work!

2023 RTDNA Awards Central Region Winners



 Best Podcast

  • CBC Thunder Bay – What You Believe in Will Carry You Through 

Breaking News (Large Market)

  • CBC Ottawa – Convoy Live Hit: Standoff Begins

Excellence in Editing (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC Sudbury – The Sno Float 

Excellence in Editing (Large Market)

  • CBC Toronto – Drewry Secondary School Choir Performs at Long-Term Care Home

Excellence in Sports Reporting

  • CBC Thunder Bay – Meet the Barkmans, the First Nations Hockey Family Fuelling the Dreams of their Youngest Son

Feature News (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC Quebec – Prokofiev in the Charlevoix: Baie St-Paul Artist Explores his Connection to Ukraine

Feature News (Large Market)

  • CBC Toronto – A Daring Escape

News – Live Special Events

  • CBC Thunder Bay – Celebrating Mino Bimaadiziwin – The Good Life – for Indigenous Peoples Day


  • CBC Montreal – Ride-Along in a Wheelchair Accessible Van: Let’s Go

Radio Newscast (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC Kitchener-Waterloo – The 8:30 News on CBC Kitchener-Waterloo 

Radio Newscast (Large Market)

  • CBC Montreal – February 8, 2022, Newscast


Breaking News (Large Market)

  • CTV News Ottawa – Convoy in the Capital: Ottawa Police Clear Convoy Protest 

Excellence in Data Storytelling

  • CBC Ottawa – No Ballots Required

Excellence in Social

  • CBC Toronto – 2022 Provincial Election

Excellence in Sports Reporting

  • CBC Ottawa – ‘I’d Be a Completely Different Person’: St. Patrick’s High School Basketball 

Feature News (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC North Cree Unit – Going Home: Nemaska Cree Seek Apology, Reconciliation After Forced Relocation 

Feature News (Large Market)

  • CBC Toronto – 36 Years to Justice            

News – Live Special Events

  • CBC Quebec – Quebec Election Campaign 2022


  • CBC Thunder Bay – Why I am Reclaiming My Mother’s Language Before it’s Too Late

Honourable Mention         

  • CBC Toronto – My Romanian Father

Overall Excellence in Digital

  • The Green Line – ‘Living with COVID in Toronto’



Continuing Coverage 

  • CTV News Ottawa – Convoy in the Capital

Honourable Mention

  • CBC North Cree Unit – Getting out the Indigenous Vote: Provincial Elections in Quebec Fall Short

Enterprise Journalism

  • Concordia University/CTV Montreal – Arctic Shift to Clean Energy

Excellence in Innovation, Sponsored by Dejero

  • CBC Ottawa – The Things I Wish I Said

Investigative Excellence

  • CBC Montreal – Students Left in Lurch by Private Colleges


Audio-Visual Storytelling (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC Thunder Bay/Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School – First Nations Students in Thunder Bay Nab Ryan Reynolds Interview

Audio-Visual Storytelling (Large Market)

  • CBC Montreal – Ambulance Ride-Along

Breaking News (Small/Medium Market)

  • CTV News Kitchener – Southwestern Ontario Landmark on Fire: Century of History at Old Marina Restaurant Destroyed

Breaking News (Large Market)

  • CTV News Ottawa – Convoy in the Capital: Ottawa Police Clash with Protesters

Excellence in Editing (Small/Medium Market)

  • CTV News Windsor – Instagram Scam: Victim Speaks Out to Break the Cycle

Excellence in Editing (Large Market)

  • CBC Toronto – Can Little Jamaica Survive Construction? 

Excellence in Sports Reporting          

  • CBC Montreal – Montreal Alliance

Excellence in Video

  • CBC Thunder Bay – A First Nation’s Transformational Fight for Clean Water

Feature News (Small/Medium Market)

  • CTV News Northern Ontario – Ornge Air Ambulance: A Day in The Life 

Feature News (Large Market)

  • CityNews Toronto – Community Hub

News – Live Special Events

  • CBC Toronto – Ontario Votes 2022


  • CBC Ottawa – Painting a Different Picture of Women in Kabul

TV Newscast (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC Windsor – Ambassador Bridge Blockade: Newscast of Feb. 8, 2022

TV Newscast (Large Market)

  • CTV News Ottawa – Derecho: Once in a Century Storm Slams into Ottawa

VJ – Video

  • CTV News Toronto – Day in the Life of Orange

These Central Region winners will now compete with winners from East, Prairies, and West Regions for the Best Canadian Local News Awards.

Best Canadian Local News Awards winners will be announced at the RTDNA Canada 2023 National Awards Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

About RTDNA Canada

RTDNA Canada is a progressive organization offering a forum for open discussion, best practices, educational information, and industry news. The Association speaks for the leaders and members of Canada’s radio, television, and digital news operations on issues that impact news coverage and journalists. RTDNA Canada fosters training, career development, national and regional awards recognition, and active dialogue with the membership.

The RTDNA Code of Journalistic Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession.

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Contact Information

Awards Committee

Mary Nersessian

Colleen Schmidt
Espe Currie
Janice Neil
Michael Goldberg
Sarah Mills

RTDNA Canada