|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 based on the U.S. cable network Nickelodeon. It is wholly owned by Corus Entertainment, with its name licensed from Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom.
As with its counterparts in the U.S. and elsewhere, Nickelodeon airs programs aimed at children and young teenagers including live-action series and animation. Corus already owns two similar channels, YTV and Treehouse TV, which have carried Nickelodeon programs for many years under output agreements with Viacom. Both channels will continue to air Nickelodeon programs since those channels have near-universal coverage across Canada on basic analogue cable, whereas Nickelodeon is limited to digital distribution.
This is the second Viacom-branded channel to be owned by Corus; the companies also partner on CMT Canada.
The channel was launched on November 2, 2009 at 6AM using the "YTV OneWorld" license, 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. Because it is legally a distinct service, cable and satellite companies had to reach new agreements with Corus in order to carry Nickelodeon, as Discovery Kids operated under a different license.
On April 9, 2013, Telus Optik TV launched Nickelodeon HD, a high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed. On June 25, 2013, Nickelodeon HD launched on Rogers Cable. Bell Fibe TV would add the HD feed later that year.
In addition to shows currently airing on its U.S counterpart, Nickelodeon also airs several classic series such as The Ren & Stimpy Show, Kenan & Kel, and Little Bill. To fulfill Canadian content requirements, the channel also airs series sourced from YTV and Treehouse. During the daytime hours, the network carries a Nick Jr.-branded block of preschool programming.
- 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