ichannel logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Closed August 15, 2016
Owned by Stornoway Communications
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan Intelligent Television
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

ichannel was a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by Stornoway Communications. Its programs focus on public, social and current affairs. Its programming includes films, documentaries, and talk shows.


Original logo used from 2001 - 2004

In November 2000, a partnership between Stornoway Communications and Cogeco was granted a category 1 television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) called The Issues Channel, described as "a national English-language specialty television service dedicated to public affairs programming, that will examine matters of public interest and concern in an engaging format."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as ichannel.[2]

In January 2004, the CRTC approved an application for Stornoway to acquire Cogeco's interest in the service.[3]

On August 15, 2016, iChannel is shutting down operations and will no longer be available to any TV providers in Canada.[4]

See also


  1. Decision CRTC 2000-463 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. Stornoway acquires Movieola New Technology Magazine 2001-10-03
  3. Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-2 CRTC 2004-01-07
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