Disney Channel
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format
Timeshift service
  • Disney Channel East
  • Disney Channel West
OwnerCorus Entertainment
(9329994 Canada, Inc.)
(Branding licensed from Disney Branded Television)
Sister channelsLa Chaîne Disney
Disney Junior
Disney XD
ABC Spark
LaunchedNovember 30, 2007; 16 years ago (2007-11-30)

Disney Channel is a Canadian English language discretionary specialty channel owned by 9329994 Canada, Inc., a division of Corus Entertainment under license from The Walt Disney Company, which began broadcasting on November 30, 2007. It is a localized version of the U.S. basic cable network of the same name, broadcasting live-action and animated programming aimed at children between the ages of 9 and 16.

The channel launched as part of a new licensing agreement between Corus Entertainment and the Disney–ABC Television Group (now known as Walt Disney Television), which succeeded a previous program supply agreement between Disney and Family Channel (owned by WildBrain). Its launch marked the first time that a Disney Channel-branded television service has operated in Canada.


Background (1988–2015)

Further information: Family Channel (Canadian TV channel)

At the time of its launch in 1988, Family Channel, owned by DHX Media, held Canadian rights to Disney Channel's programming library.[1][2][3] As such, it operated licensed Canadian versions of Disney Channel's spinoff brands, Disney XD and Disney Junior as sister networks.[1]

Launch and development (2007-2017)

On April 16, 2015, Corus Entertainment announced that it had reached a "landmark" agreement with the Disney–ABC Television Group to acquire long-term, Canadian multi-platform rights to Disney Channel's programming library; the cost and duration of the licensing deal were not disclosed. Corus also announced that it would launch a Canadian version of Disney Channel on November 30, 2007; the service consists of a linear television channel, along with TV Everywhere apps (Watch Disney Channel Canada), and video-on-demand services for television platforms. This marks Corus' second Disney/ABC-licensed service behind ABC Spark – a localized version of ABC Family.[4][5] At launch, Corus stated that Disney Channel was available in 10 million households, with carriage across most major Canadian cable providers including Rogers, EastLink, and Access Communications, IPTV providers Bell MTS, Bell Fibe TV, Telus Optik TV, SaskTel, VMedia, and Execulink Telecom, and national satellite providers Bell Satellite TV and Shaw Direct.[6]

Corus stated that it would transition "select Disney branded kids linear television offerings" to new properties under its ownership in the future;[4] and brand new Corus-operated Disney Junior and Disney XD services launched on (November 2, 2009-May 6, 2011-November 30, 2015).[7][8][9] In the meantime, Disney Channel aired blocks featuring selected Disney Junior and XD programs.[6] Until the Disney XD and Junior blocks were finished on this channel, and for the 2009-11 television season, DHX consequently re-branded its Disney XD and Junior networks as Family CHRGD (later WildBrainTV) and Family Jr. respectively, and began phasing out Disney programming from the two channels and Family; DHX Media's licensing agreement with Disney formally ended at the beginning of June 2011.[1][5][10]

Present day

Disney Channel originally operated as an "exempted" Category B service:[11] under new policies implemented in 2012, channels with less than 200,000 subscribers that would otherwise meet the definition of a Category B service are exempted from licensing by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.[12] On September 1, 2017,[13] the channel became a regularly licensed discretionary service.[14]

In December 2022, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD were added to the streaming bundle StackTV, to accompany Teletoon (now Cartoon Network), Treehouse, and YTV.


Main article: List of programs broadcast by Disney Channel (Canada)

Disney Channel primarily airs animated, live-action series and movies from its U.S. counterpart. It also airs programming from sister channels Disney XD and Disney Junior, interstitial programs such as Movie Surfers, a look at the latest movies from The Walt Disney Company, and special previews of new shows. In order to fulfill Canadian content requirements, Disney Channel also airs programming from other Corus-owned networks.

Programming blocks




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