Disney Junior is a Canadian English-language Category B specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment. Launched on December 1, 2015, it is a localized version of the U.S. cable network with Disney Junior, broadcasting animated programming aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 7.


Prior to September 2015, DHX Media (previously Astral Media) operated Disney Junior-branded television services in Canada in the English and French languages as spin-offs of Family Channel. In April 2015, Corus acquired Canadian rights to Disney Channel's programming and associated brands. Upon the announcement of the rights deal, Corus stated that it would launch "select Disney branded kids linear television offerings" in the future, after the launch of a Canadian version of Disney Channel.[1][2][3][4]

In August 2015, television provider VMedia stated on its website that Corus would launch Disney Junior and XD channels on December 1, 2015.[5] Upon its launch on September 1, 2015, Disney Channel aired programming blocks featuring Disney Junior programs.[6] DHX's Disney Junior services were re-branded as Family Jr. and Télémagino on September 18, followed by their Disney XD service as Family Chrgd on October 9.[7]

Corus's Disney Junior channel officially launched on December 1, 2015 along with Disney XD.[8] DHX's rights to broadcast Disney Junior programming expired in January 2016.[3]

On September 1, 2017, the channel obtained a discretionary service licence;[9] it had been operating as an exempt channel before then.[10]

There is no French-language counterpart, unlike the original version by DHX Media, but Disney La Chaîne (Corus' French-language Disney Channel) offers a morning programming block called "Disney Junior sur La Chaîne Disney" which airs French versions of Disney Junior shows.


Current programming

Acquired programming

  • Dinopaws (August 28, 2017 – present)
  • The ZhuZhus (November 20, 2017 – present)


Future programming

Former programming


  1. ^ "Corus Entertainment and Disney/ABC Television Group Join Forces in Landmark Licensing Agreement" (Press release). Corus Entertainment. CNW Group. April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "DHX Media to buy Family, other children's channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Corus gains Canadian rights to Disney Channel content". The Globe and Mail. Canadian Press. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "DHX-Disney Divorce Almost Done". Cartt.ca. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Changes to Kids Channels". VMedia. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "It's #HereForReal Canada! Corus Entertainment Launches Disney Channel in 10 Million Households" (Press release). Toronto: Corus Entertainment. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "DHX TELEVISION'S REBRANDED FAMILY JR. AND TÉLÉMAGINO NETWORKS REVEALED TODAY" (Press release). DHX Media. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Disney XD & Disney Junior to Roll Out in Canada Next Month". WorldScreen. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-150.htm
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160414051439/http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/BCASTING/catb_e3l.htm
  11. ^ a b "Disney Junior". disneychannel.ca Buzz Blog. Corus Entertainment. November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015. [permanent dead link]

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