|Launched||November 2, 2009|
|Owned by||Corus Entertainment
(branding licensed from Viacom)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||My Canada Includes Nickelodeon|
|Bell TV||Channel 559 (SD)|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 550 (SD)|
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|FibreOP||Channel 256 (SD)|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 559 (SD) Channel 1559 (HD)|
|MTS||Channel 253 (SD)
Channel 1253 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 9614 (SD)
Channel 614 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 92 (SD)|
Nickelodeon (commonly known as Nick) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel. Owned by Corus Entertainment, it licenses the Nickelodeon brand used by its U.S. equivalent from Viacom, and is a sister network to the Category A services YTV and Treehouse—networks which have historically carried Nickelodeon-originated programming in their respective lineups. It launched on November 2, 2009—although it is legally a distinct service, Nickelodeon replaced Discovery Kids on most television service providers.
As with its U.S. counterpart, Nickelodeon airs programming aimed at children, including animated and live-action programs. Much of its programming is sourced from Nickelodeon U.S. and its sister networks (consisting of a mix of current and classic Nickelodeon series), although it also airs series sourced from its Canadian sister networks to comply with Canadian content requirements. In the daytime hours, it also airs a Nick Jr. block featuring programming aimed at preschoolers.
Nickelodeon is the second Viacom brand operated by Corus in Canada, alongside CMT Canada. Unlike CMT, however, Viacom does not have any ownership interest in Nickelodeon Canada.
The channel was launched on November 2, 2009 using the "YTV OneWorld" licence, granted to Corus by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in September 2008. Jacob Two-Two was the first show broadcast. On the day of the channel's launch, Discovery Kids (which Corus also owned) was shut down and replaced by Nickelodeon on most cable and satellite providers. However, cable and satellite companies had to reach new agreements with Corus in order to carry Nickelodeon, as Discovery Kids operated under a different licence.
Nickelodeon Canada's programming consists of live-action and animated series that have been aired by the network's U.S. equivalents, along with reruns of series sourced from YTV and Treehouse to fulfil Canadian content requirements. Although much of the Nickelodeon-sourced programming on the network have been recent productions, it has also aired classic series, which have included The Angry Beavers, CatDog, Invader Zim, The Ren and Stimpy Show, and others. Despite the presence of this network, most Canadian premieres of Nickelodeon series are still carried primarily by YTV. During the daytime hours, the network carries a Nick Jr.-branded block of preschool programming—as with the remainder of the network's programs, it also consists of a mixture of Nickelodeon-originated series, and Canadian series sourced from YTV and Treehouse—the de facto Canadian equivalent to the Nick Jr. channel.
- Nickelodeon Canada set to launch; Media in Canada; 2009-09-29
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-257, September 18, 2008
- "Corus shuttering Discovery Kids, will re-brand Sex TV and Drive-In Classics channels", CARTT.ca, September 29, 2009