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HGTV (Canadian TV channel)

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HGTV Canada.png
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
OwnerCorus Entertainment (80.24%, managing partner)
(HGTV Canada, Inc.)
Warner Bros. Discovery (19.76%)
Sister channels
LaunchedOctober 17, 1997; 25 years ago (1997-10-17)
WebsiteHGTV Canada
Streaming media
StackTVInternet Protocol television
RiverTVChannel 13 (HD)

HGTV is a Canadian English-language discretionary cable and satellite specialty channel owned as a joint venture between Corus Entertainment (which serves as managing partner and owns 80.24% majority control through licensee HGTV Canada, Inc.) and Warner Bros. Discovery (which owns the remaining 19.76%).[1] HGTV broadcasts programs relating to real estate, home and garden design, and renovations.

The network's programming draws partially from the U.S. version of the channel, but it also carries original Canadian-produced series, some of which have in turn also been picked up for broadcast by the U.S. network or others internationally, as well as a smaller selection of home renovation programming acquired from other channels in the United States or the United Kingdom.


In September 1996, Your Channel Television Inc., a company majority owned by Atlantis Communications with minority partner E. W. Scripps Company, was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called HGTV-TV Canada, described at the time as broadcasting "programming that presents practical, hands-on advice and instruction about homes and gardens. The programming will revolve[needs update?] around five key themes: building and remodelling, decorating and interior design, gardening and landscaping, crafts and hobbies and special interests."[2]

HGTV Canada logo used from 1997 to 2012.
HGTV Canada logo used from 1997 to 2012.

The channel was launched as HGTV on October 17, 1997.[3] Channels also launched that day were History Television, Teletoon, and Prime. In June 1998,[4] Atlantis Communications announced that it planned to merge with Alliance Communications, another fellow television and film producer and broadcaster, owners of History Television and Showcase at the time,[5] to form a new company called Alliance Atlantis Communications. The CRTC approved the merger in May 1999.[5]

On January 18, 2008,[6] a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media[7] acquired control of HGTV through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.[8]

On October 27, 2010, the channel's ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of HGTV as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[9][10]

A high definition feed launched on January 31, 2011.[11] It is available through all major television providers.

HGTV Canada logo used from 2012 to 2015.
HGTV Canada logo used from 2012 to 2015.

On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was sold to Corus Entertainment. This gave HGTV some new sister channels throughout its lifespan.


Noted personalities who have been featured in HGTV Canada programming have included Mike Holmes, Drew and Jonathan Scott, Bryan Baeumler, Chris Hyndman and Steven Sabados, Sarah Richardson, Sebastian Clovis, Scott McGillivray, Samantha Pynn, and Damon Bennett, among others.

Some of its original Canadian-produced series have also been acquired by the U.S. version of the network; in particular, Property Brothers has been among the U.S. version's top programs.[12]


  1. ^ "Corus Specialty Services" (PDF). Corus. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 96-607 CRTC 1996-09-04
  3. ^ Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. Reports Increased Revenues And Gross Profit for Third Quarter Ended December 31, 1998 Archived August 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Alliance Atlantis Communications press release 1998-02-24
  4. ^ Merger creates film, TV giant Toronto Star 1998-07-22
  5. ^ a b Decision CRTC 99-106 1999-05-20
  6. ^ Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis CNW press release 2008-01-18
  7. ^ Goldman's happy ending at CanWest The Globe and Mail 2010-05-03
  8. ^ CanWest Completes Acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Archived 2012-04-23 at the Wayback Machine Investor Point 2007-08-15
  9. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ HGTV Launches in High Definition + February Marathons Archived 2012-03-21 at the Wayback Machine, Channel Canada, 2011-02-02
  12. ^ "HGTV Will Never Upset You: How the Network Beat CNN in 2016". Bloomberg. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

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