Canada's Federal Leader Debates Are This Week & Here's How To Watch With Or Without Cable

The 2021 election has been in full swing for a while now, but this week marks a particularly exciting moment in the 36-day campaign — the first English edition of the federal leaders' debate.

The first debate — in French — was on Thursday, September 2, and the first English-language debate is on Thursday, September 9, and it's very easy to figure out how to watch in Canada. Whether you have cable or not, you can tune in and watch sparks fly as the leaders of Canada's major parties go head to head.

There is also a second French leaders' debate on Wednesday, September 8.

Both debates on September 8 and 9 will feature Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party leader Annamie Paul and Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet.

The debate will be broadcast in over a dozen languages by a group of broadcast companies, beginning at 9 p.m. ET and running until 11 p.m. ET. There are five topics — affordability, climate, COVID recovery, leadership and accountability, and reconciliation — and includes question and answer sections, leader-to-leader debate and open debate.

According to the Debate Broadcast Group, the debate is being aired on television via:

  • AMI-tv
  • APTN
  • BNN Bloomberg
  • Cable 14 – Hamilton
  • CBC
  • CBC News Network
  • CHCH-TV
  • CP24
  • CPAC
  • C-SPAN
  • CTV
  • CTV News Channel
  • Global
  • ICI RDI
  • OMNI Television
  • Uvagut TV
If you don't have a TV or if you'd prefer to stream the Canadian federal leaders' debate, there are even more options for you online:
  • ami.ca
  • aptnnews.ca
  • ca.yahoo.com
  • cable14now.com
  • omnitv.ca
  • politico.com
  • Postmedia News websites
  • cbcnews.ca
  • chch.com
  • CityNews websites
  • cp24.com
  • radio-canada.ca
  • reuters.tv
  • siriusxm.ca
  • thetyee.ca
  • cpac.ca
  • ctvnews.ca
  • globalnews.ca
  • macleans.ca
  • thestar.com
You can also listen to the debate on CBC Radio One, Global News Radio Network or Sirius XM, and it'll be aired in English, French, Dene, Inuktitut (Baffin), Plains Cree, ASL (American Sign Language), LSQ (Langue des Signes Québécois), Arabic, Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi and Tagalog.

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