Launched in October 2013, Curio.ca is CBC and Radio-Canada’s online subscriber-based streaming service developed expressly for the Canadian educational community, including school boards, government ministries, universities, colleges and cégeps, and public libraries. Curio.ca currently reaches over two million students across Canada.

With a dedicated team of people experienced in educational resource development, production, web development, sales, marketing and distribution, Curio.ca is committed to providing the Canadian educational community with high-quality, Canadian digital learning resources that align with curriculum to meet today’s classroom needs and support learning when, where and how teachers and students want it.

A selection of the very best CBC and Radio-Canada content

Curio.ca gives teachers and students streaming access to the best in educational video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada. You'll find documentaries from television and radio, news reports and more — all available with a single subscription!

Our collection features thousands of programs and hundreds of teacher resource guides carefully curated to support provincial K-12 curricula and post-secondary courses across the country. Curio.ca gives teachers and students 24/7 access to a wealth of primary-source content in English and French. It’s a great tool to help students develop critical-thinking skills. Every week, we add new content selected for its educational relevance, always commercial-free, including the latest from CBC’s award-winning documentary, news, drama, and children's programming (e.g. Doc Zone, The Nature of Things, The Fifth Estate and The National).

Curio.ca Features

News in Review

Curio.ca features News in Review, Canada's premier current-event series for the classroom. Hosted by the CBC reporter Michael Serapio, News in Review is the only resource that gives students the opportunity to delve into today's most important events as they unfold. Each story also comes with a teacher resource guide that teases out key concepts and questions.

Teacher Resource Guides

Our Teacher Resource Guides support many key programs and series, in addition to News in Review.

A favourite of teachers nationwide is the recently created guide How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom, available in both English and French.

Search and Sharing

Teachers and students searching for a specific story can choose from drop-down lists of shows, categories and collections, as well as simple or advanced search engines.

Teachers can create and save playlists for their lesson plans and easily integrate content into their institution’s courseware.

Closed Captioning

As of September 2014 we began adding closed captioning to our programs. Most newly added programs feature captioning as do a selection of legacy titles. This feature will expand to all Curio.ca programming over time.

Curriculum Correlations

Our enhanced curriculum correlations help teachers quickly and precisely identify the content they seek. Curio.ca programming is automatically correlated to specific course options in all K-12 provincial curricula from coast to coast.

Single sign-on (SSO)

A simple SSO solution is available allowing two kinds of access to Curio.ca: anonymous access for students and registered access for teachers.

Anonymous access is generally granted for a 24-hour period. Registered access is limited to one access per account (no sharing is possible).

MARC Records

The Curio.ca catalogue’s MARC records and enriched metadata allow library and technical staff to seamlessly import data into their library systems.

Subscribers have the option of either generating a full list of MARC records or limiting their selection by customized date range. Records can also be viewed or downloaded individually at the bottom of each program page.

Reporting

Curio.ca offers an advanced tool for data analytics, including real-time reporting for page views, content play and user visits.

Dashboards offer a summary of many reports on a single page, presenting the most important performance indicators, including monthly statistics, most requested content, most active IP addresses and users. Easy customization is also an option.

Monthly Newsletters and Catalogue

Monthly Curio.ca newsletters inform subscribers of the latest program additions, platform feature updates, news and events. Be sure to check out our Curio.ca catalogue, with clickable links to a selection of our top new releases, classroom favourites, must-see documentary series and collections.

Subscribing to Curio.ca

To request a quote on a yearly subscription to the Curio.ca platform, please fill out our Subscription Quote Request Form.

Curio.ca subscriptions are available to school boards, government ministries, universities, colleges, cégeps, schools and public libraries.

Your yearly subscription provides access to all computers within your organization's walls. From there you can administer passwords to your internal groups as you define them.

Subscriptions are automatically renewed on a yearly basis. You will be notified 60 days before your renewal takes effect.

The price for a subscription to the Curio.ca streaming platform varies according to the size of your organization.

If you are an instructor or student looking for streaming access to Curio.ca, please contact your school librarian or district resource centre. If your institution has already subscribed, they will be able to provide you with the necessary login information. Public library patrons should check with library staff.

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Here is a sample of current subscriber organizations nationwide:

  • Surrey School District (BC)
  • MacEwan University (AB)
  • Regina Catholic School Board (SK)
  • Red River College (MB)
  • Direction des ressources éducatives françaises (MB)
  • Peel District School Board (ON)
  • Toronto District School Board (ON)
  • York University (ON)
  • Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (QC)
  • English Montreal School Board (QC)
  • HEC Montréal (QC)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education (NL)
  • Yukon Education (YT)
Check to see if your school is a current Curio.ca subscriber!

Delivered to your specs

If subscribing to our streaming platform is not your school’s preference, you can continue to purchase CBC/Radio-Canada programs on Curio.ca – either individually or by collection – in DVD and digital formats. Look for the Add to Cart button on any of our program pages.