The Best Canadian Podcasts

Whether you’re looking to make the most of your morning commute, liven up your daily chores, or take your workouts to the next level, podcasts are a great way to learn something new! With so many podcasts out there to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of the best Canadian podcasts!

Have your own podcast that you think deserves to be on this list? The National Media Awards Foundation has introduced three podcast categories across the National Magazine Awards, National Magazine Awards: B2B, and Digital Publishing Awards.

For more incredible media coming out of the Canadian publishing industry, check out our full list of winners for the 2023 National Magazine Awards, Digital Publishing Awards, and National Magazine Awards: B2B.

Our Recommendations

Cause & Effect

“A Queen’s Alumni Review podcast, diving into the motivations of philanthropists and exploring what they’re passionate about and the impact they have on the world.”

Host: Deborah Melman-Clement

CFP Podcast

“Canadian Family Physician (CFP) is Canada’s only peer reviewed family medicine journal. Join Dr. Nick Pimlott, Scientific Editor of CFP, and Dr. Sarah Fraser, Associate Scientific Editor of CFP, as they interview contributing authors to the journal each month.”

Hosts: Dr. Nick Pimlott and Dr. Sarah Fraser

Table Talk

“One-on-one interviews with inspiring and influential leaders of the foodservice and hospitality industry.”

Host: Rosanna Caira

Kuper Island

“An 8-part series that tells the stories of four students: three who survived and one who didn’t. They attended one of Canada’s most notorious residential schools – where unsolved deaths, abuse, and lies haunt the community and the survivors to this day.”

Host: Duncan McCue

Maman, arrête de mourir: survivre aux féminicides

“Un triste record a Ă©tĂ© atteint en 2021 au QuĂ©bec : 26 femmes ont Ă©tĂ© assassinĂ©es, dont 17 en contexte de violence conjugale. Monic NĂ©ron s’intĂ©resse Ă  celles et ceux qui restent après le dĂ©part de ces femmes, notamment les parents, la fratrie, mais surtout les enfants. Elle les accompagne dans les Ă©tapes qui suivent le drame et les laisse s’exprimer sur ce parcours parsemĂ© de grandes peines, mais d’oĂą la lumière peut aussi surgir.”

Au coeur de la Colombie

“Écoutez la nouvelle sĂ©rie Narco PQ Au cĹ“ur de la Colombie – Les journalistes FĂ©lix SĂ©guin et Marc Sandreschi racontent les pĂ©ripĂ©ties de leurs sĂ©jours en Colombie oĂą ils sont allĂ©s Ă  la rencontre d’un important narcotrafiquant. Un rĂ©cit inĂ©dit au cĹ“ur de la production et du trafic de la cocaĂŻne.”

Chacun sa classe

“Karine Dubois, productrice de documentaire et mère de trois enfants, voit arriver Ă  grands pas le choix d’une Ă©cole secondaire pour son plus vieux. École publique, privĂ©e ou Ă  programme particulier? Au cours de sa rĂ©flexion, elle voit de plus en plus de drapeaux rouges se lever autour d’elle. Quelles sont les rĂ©percussions de ce choix individuel sur l’ensemble de la sociĂ©tĂ©? Qu’en est-il des chances Ă©gales de rĂ©ussite chez les jeunes? Karine discute avec des spĂ©cialistes de l’Ă©ducation, des parents et des Ă©lèves afin de chercher des rĂ©ponses Ă  ses questions de mère et de citoyenne.”

Projet Polytechnique: Faire face

Plus de 30 ans après le drame de Polytechnique, certains glorifient toujours le tueur Marc LĂ©pine. Les fĂ©minicides s’accumulent, la question du contrĂ´le des armes Ă  feu n’est pas rĂ©glĂ©e et le web alimente les discours antifĂ©ministes.Les comĂ©diens Jean-Marc Dalphond et Marie-Joanne Boucher engagent la conversation et vont Ă  la rencontre de ceux dont la pensĂ©e est diamĂ©tralement opposĂ©e Ă  la leur. Leur recherche pour une pièce de théâtre documentaire se transforme en une dĂ©marche citoyenne.”

It’s Political with Althia Raj

“Probing and insightful conversations with Canada’s top political insiders. A bi-monthly political podcast from the Toronto Star.”
Host: Althia Raj

Welcome to Paradise

“In her early 20s, she fell in love with a man who seemed worldly and charming. Behind closed doors he was incredibly violent. They were only married for a year but the consequences of the abuse have lasted a lifetime. This is the first time Anna Maria has told anyone—including family or close friends—the details of what she endured. Working with her therapist, she reveals the intimate details of a past she’s kept to herself for most of her life.”

Host: Anna Maria Tremonti

The Art of Sovereignty

Our stories define who we are. When Indigenous cultures were outlawed across Canada, our voices were silenced. When our stories went underground to survive, others tried to define us.
But it was our artists who brought our stories back for the world to see and hear.”

Host: Chris Beaver and Shelby Lisk

The Salmon People

“This is the fascinating story of a 20-year battle to save Canada’s wild salmon.”

Host: Sandra Bartlett

canadaLANDBACK

“From Idle No More to Reconciliation to Land Back, from the police killing of Dudley George to the lobster wars of Nova Scotia, Karyn brings listeners into the homes and history of the Indigenous struggle. Telling stories through documentary reports, interviews, and panel conversations, canadaLANDBACK unpacks the divide within Indigenous communities and explains why today’s youth will be the last generation Canada can negotiate with.”

Host: Karyn Pugliese

One in Six: A Fertility Journey

“Jen and Neil are a happily married couple in their thirties. From the outside, life is picture perfect. But behind their smiles lies a heartbreaking secret: they can’t get pregnant. Join CBC journalist Jen White and her husband Neil Hyde in this intimate and informative eight-part series on their yearslong struggle with fertility — a journey filled with hormone injections, transvaginal ultrasounds, tears, anxiety, shame, laughter, and hope.”

Host: Jen White and Neil Hyde

Fireside Canada

“Fireside Canada is a storytelling and history podcast focused on the legends, lies and lore of Canada.”

Host: David Williams

Ă€ la poursuite de Gilles Villeneuve

“Comment un petit gars de Berthierville sans le sou, sans contact ni connaissance du milieu a-t-il pu devenir l’une des lĂ©gendes de la Formule 1? Si ça semble ĂŞtre un scĂ©nario de film hollywoodien, c’est la rĂ©elle histoire du seul et unique Gilles Villeneuve, qui est dĂ©cĂ©dĂ© il y a 40 ans aujourd’hui. Et malgrĂ© les dĂ©cennies, la trace qu’il a laissĂ© dans les coeurs et sur les pistes de courses semble indĂ©lĂ©bile. De ses premières motoneiges bricolĂ©es jusqu’au sommet de la F1, le journaliste du Guide de l’auto Julien Amado a retracĂ© des membres de sa famille, amis d’adolescence, collègues et journalistes de l’époque et s’est lancĂ© Ă  la poursuite de Gilles Villeneuve.”

HĂ´te: Julien Amado

DĂ©peindre Riopelle

“Jean Paul Riopelle aurait eu 100 ans en 2023. Bien qu’il soit l’un des plus grands artistes de l’histoire du Canada, on en sait peu sur lui. Qui Ă©tait-il vraiment? Ă€ quel point vivait-il dans la dĂ©mesure et les excès? L’animateur StĂ©phane Leclair prend la route vers les lieux qui l’ont façonnĂ©; de L’Isle-aux-Grues Ă  MontrĂ©al en passant par Paris et le Nunavik, il recueille les confidences de sa famille proche, des admirateurs comme Marc SĂ©guin et Biz, son ami Gilles Vigneault, son mĂ©decin et mĂŞme son garagiste. Toutes ces voix s’additionnent pour tĂ©moigner de la grandeur et de la complexitĂ© de Riopelle.”

SickKids VS Podcast

“Most big breakthroughs start with a simple question. In SickKids VS, we take you behind the scenes. of remarkable stories where SickKids experts answer questions like: Can music heal? How. dowe treat the untreatable? And what happens when we pull a neglected disease in the spotlight? Join us on the frontlines in the fight for child health.”

Host: Hannah Bank