Giving back to the community is a core component of CTV Toronto’s community outreach. This generous philosophy has been instilled in the staff through generations, and was stated clearly by John W. H. Bassett in the late 1970’s, “If you take something out of the community, it’s your responsibility to put something back”.

Since 2014, JHR has partnered with CTV, which owns CP24, on a program to send top journalists with significant expertise to contribute to our projects around the world. The Expert Trainers Program with CTV got its start in 2013, shortly after senior editor and news anchor Lisa LaFlamme went to Goma, in eastern DRC, with JHR to work with female journalists. It's an incredible chance for some of Canada's top journalists to lend targeted expertise to JHR programs. 

Ethan Faber, the managing director of CTV Vancouver, then went with JHR to Sierra Leone. CTV Atlantic’s Kayla Hounsell headed to South Sudan in January 2015. She worked with journalists at CitizenTV and reported the kinds of challenges they faced on a daily basis. CP24's Sandie Benitah went to Sandy Lake, Ontario last summer.  And, looking ahead to 2016, Kayleigh Ambrose will go to JHR’s Middle East program to lend her substantial technical expertise to our data journalism initiative in Jordan.

CTV continues to support many Toronto charities and community events, such as The United Way, The MS Society of Canada, The Canadian Cancer Society, The World Wild Life Fund, The Children's Wish Foundation, The Daily Bread Food Bank, The Bell Walk for Kids, The Caribana Festival and Parade, as well as their annual holiday event, The Toy Mountain Drive in association with the Salvation Army. Along with their charitable outreach, CTV News exemplifies JHR’s mission to stay informed on local issues and deliver content that is global and national, but also locally relevant.