Our Mission

The Media Democracy Project works hard to create a significant presence for noncommercial media in Canada. Our small team brings diverse communities together with leading media makers, activists, and scholars to discuss the relationship between media and democracy.

Since 2001, our annual conference, Media Democracy Days (MDD), has become the signature event for alternative, independent, and democratic media in Canada. MDD has since expanded into a multi-day event presented by the School of Communication at SFU, OpenMedia.ca, and the Vancouver Public Library. In 2012, we launched The CounterCulture Speaker Series in partnership with SFU’s Institute for the Humanities and School of Communication to extend our reach beyond MDD proper. CounterCulture engages the public in critical debate on issues relating to art, media and politics through free bi-monthly film screenings and lectures. Finally, our advocacy is backed by our rich history of research into media democracy, through projects such as NewsWatch Canada and the Global Media Monitoring Project.


Throughout this history, we have approached the project of media reform with a three-pronged ambition:

  • Know the media by engaging in critical, progressive, cross-cultural, and intergenerational policy dialogue

  • Be the media by working directly with local media makers to produce messages that intervene in cultural and political life

  • Change the media by collaborating with community members to create progressive coalitions and actionable political goals.