|Launched||April 1, 2010|
|Owned by||TVA Group
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Bell TV||Channel 188 (SD)
Channel 1874 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 772 (SD)|
|Cablevision du Nord||Channel 368 (SD)|
|Cogeco Ontario||Channel 528 (SD)
Channel 583 (HD)
|Cogeco Quebec||Channel 91 (SD)
Channel 525 (HD)
|Shaw Cable||Channel 907 (SD)|
|Source Cable||Channel 291 (SD)|
|Vidéotron||Channel 29 (SD)
Channel 629 (HD)
|Bell Fibe||Channel 152 (SD)
Channel 1152 (HD)
|FibreOP||Channel 844 (SD)
Channel 944 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 8032 (SD)
Channel 2032 (HD)
Yoopa (stylized YOOPA) is a Canadian French language Category B specialty channel owned by TVA Group, a division of Quebecor Media. Yoopa broadcasts programming targeted toward preschoolers, aged 2 to 6.
A magazine for parents using the Yoopa name was launched on April 1, 2010 in conjunction with the launch of the television channel. The magazine replaced EspaceParents.ca, owned by TVA Publications, a division of Groupe TVA.
In February 2010, TVA Group was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called TVA Junior, described as "a national French-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking aimed exclusively at children from two to six years old."
Dispute with Vrak Junior
Before Yoopa's launch and its approval by the CRTC, fellow broadcaster Astral Media had been approved for a similar channel in March 2006 called Vrak Junior. Prior to its launch, Astral Media claimed that it had secured carriage on a number of other television providers, except Vidéotron — who has a hold of 51% of the Quebec market, the largest French market in Canada — owned by Quebecor Media, the parent of TVA Group. Astral claimed Vidéotron's refusal to carry the channel was to avoid competition for its upcoming channel, Yoopa. Astral attributed the delay in the launch of Vrak Junior to Vidéotron's refusal to carry the channel. Vidéotron categorically denied the accusation.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-103 CRTC 2010-02-22
- Yoopa: la petite enfance chez Groupe TVA, Infopresse.com, 2010-02-25 (French)
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-98, CRTC, 2006-03-27
- Un youpi pour le Yoopa de TVA?; Cyberpresse.ca; 2010-02-27 (French)
- PLAYHOUSE DISNEY TÉLÉ LAUNCHES ON VIDÉOTRON CNW, 2011-03-01
- Yoopa (French)