Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Masthead Online

The  finalists for the 2015 COPA are now availble online. The winners will be announced on November 19, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto All finalists must meet a miniumum score to be eligible and the Top 5 in each category are chosen when applicable.




The COPA 2015 Awards for digital publishing excellence is now open for entries beginning May 4. The Entry early bird deadline is June 1 for a $20 entry discount with the final deadline on July 6, 2015. The mission of the awards is to showcase Canadian publishing talent and companies in the digital medium. We have tweaked the categories for 2015 after consultation with last year’s judging panel and entries to make this program better and stay up to date with digital trends.

We are introducing a “Best Editorial Packaging” award for publishers to showcase all their good work that meet the highest journalistic standards in the multiplatform digital world. “Best Video Content” will be a separate category this year to showcase all the video on websites the past year. There will be only one advertising related category this year for “Best Online Campaign” to make room for these category changes. The Best Online Campaign is open to publisher subscription/promotion programs, client ad campaigns and sponsored content.

To recognize the smaller publishers, Reader’s Digest Best of Canada “Independent Publisher of the Year” award for companies with less than 20 full-time staff.  Reader’s Digest is the sponsor of the “Best of Canada” awards for this year’s COPAs. The Top 5 Finalists will be announced in this Best of Canada category. The winner is pulled from all the scores from the independent publishers from the individual entries.

The COPA awards party is schedule for Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. See you there. Sponsors are welcome.


2015 Rules

Recognizing Digital Excellence in the
Canadian publishing industry.
The COPA 2014 Winners.

The best in the Canadian publishing industry was together in one room on November 20 at the historic Phoenix Concert Theatre, in Toronto, at the 2014 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs). The COPAs bring together all the media brands and companies that are producing content online in Canada, be it a media publisher, corporation or marketer. It is a place to showcase the talent that Canada has to offer.

The big winner this year was St. Joseph Media who hauled in 11 medals (6 gold and 5 silver). In second was IT World Canada with 7 medals (5 Gold and 2 Silver) and a tie for third with 5 was Rogers Media  and TC Media  (2 Gold and 3 Silver each). The Best of Canada Digital Solution award went to Cottage Life for their “How to buy a Cottage” Apple app. The Best of Canada Digital Content of the year went to the Globe and Mail for their interactive story “No Safe Use” on the hazards of asbestos. The Best Online Ad Campaign of the year in Canada went to Toronto Life for their sponsored content program for Evolve Fitness.

COPA 2014 Medal Count

St. Joseph Media 6 5 11 Fashion (2S), Torontoist (G), Toronto Life (4G, S), Canadian Family (2S), Wedding Bells (G)
IT World Canada 5 2 7 IT Business (G,S), Computer Dealer News (G), CanadianCIO (S), Computing Canada (G), C4 (G), CIO Census (G)
TC Media 2 3 5 Canadian Living (2S), Style at Home (2G), The Hockey News (S)
Rogers Media 2 3 5 Monsey Sense (G), Maclean's (G,3S)
The Globe & Mail 3 1 4 The Globe & Mail (3G, S)
Toronto Star 3 1 4 Toronto Star (3G, S)
University Affairs 1 3 4 University Affairs (G,3S)
Spafax 3   3 Sparkstreet (3G)
Postmedia Network 2 1 3 National Post (G,S), Gastropost (G)
InfoMine 1 2 3 (G, 2S)
Cottage Life Media 2   2 Cottage Life (2G)
Blue Ant Media 2   2 AUX (2G)
AOL Canada 1 2 2 Parentdish (S), The Huffington Post Canada Living (G), AOL Canada (S)
The Walrus Foundation 1 1 2 The Walrus (G,S)
Farm Business Communications 1 1 2 Alberta Farmer Express (G), Weatherfarm (S)
JuneWarren-Nickle's Energy Group 1 1 2 Oilweek (S), Alberta Construction Magazine (G)
UBC Graduate School of Journalism 1 1 2 IPR (S), UBC (G)
National Gallery of Canada 1   1 NGC Magazine (G)
YummyMummyClub 1   1 YummyMummyClub (G)
Yahoo Canada 1   1 Yahoo Canada News (G)
Newcom Media 1   1 Today's Trucking (G)
Tuja Wellness   1 1 Tuja Wellness (S)
Ideon Media   1 1 29 Secrets (S)
Metro Canada   1 1 Metro English Canada (S)
Edmonton Journal   1 1 Edmonton Journal (S)
La Presse   1 1 La Press+(S)
Bell Media   1 1 CTV News(S)
Salon Communications   1 1 Salon Magazine (S)
Registered Nurses of Ontario   1 1 In the Loop (S)
Readers Digest
Digital Reno
Spin Master


Important Dates
April 6, 2015
— Call for Judges
May 4, 2015
— Call for Entries
July 6, 2015
— Entry deadline
July 10, 2015
— Extended deadline
Sept 14, 2015
— Finalist Announcement
Nov 19, 2015
— Awards Event
Contact Us
The Canadian Online Publishing Awards
are produced by Masthead
8-1606 Sedlescomb Drive
Mississauga, ON, L4X 1M6
Reader's Digest
JP Fozo
Agnes Wong
Renée Dykeman
Val Maloney
Philippe Gohier