Canal Vie

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Canal Vie
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
OwnerRadiomutuel (1997-2000)
Astral Media (2000-2013)
Bell Media (2013-present)
Sister channelsNoovo
CTV Life Channel
Canal D
LaunchedSeptember 8, 1997
Links (in French)

Canal Vie is a Canadian French language specialty channel owned by Bell Media. Canal Vie airs lifestyle and entertainment programs aimed at women in the form of talk shows, documentaries, reality TV series, and films. Programs focus on a variety of topics including home improvement, cooking, health, parenting, and relationships.


In September 1996, Radiomutuel inc. was granted approval for a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for Le Canal Vie, described as "a national French-language specialty service that is dedicated to information and entertainment programs focused on three very specific subjects: lifestyle (human relations, social and interpersonal), health (physical and mental), and outdoor activities for families or individuals."[1]

The channel launched on September 8, 1997 as Canal Vie.

In June 1999, Astral announced its intentions to purchase Radiomutuel,[2] which was approved by the CRTC on January 12, 2000.[3] The transaction closed shortly thereafter.

On March 4, 2013, the Competition Bureau approved the takeover of Astral Media by Bell Media.[4] Bell filed a new application for the proposed takeover with the CRTC on March 6, 2013;[5] the CRTC approved the merger on June 27, 2013, and closed on July 5, 2013.[6] As a result, Bell divested various sister channels to Canal Vie to other companies.

Gusto replaced music channel M3 on September 1, 2016, and has since became a sister channel to Canal Vie.

Canal Vie HD[edit]

On October 30, 2006, Astral Media launched Canal Vie HD, a HD simulcast of Canal Vie's standard definition feed.[7] It is available on Shaw Direct, Optik TV, and Bell Satellite TV.

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  1. ^ Decision CRTC 96-613 CRTC 1996-09-04
  2. ^ Astral bids on Radiomutuel Playback Magazine 1999-06-14
  3. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-5 CRTC 2000-01-12
  4. ^ BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau Archived 2013-04-11 at, The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Astral and Bell Comment on New Acquisition Application to CRTC Archived 2015-10-02 at the Wayback Machine, Broadcaster Magazine, March 6, 2013.
  6. ^ CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger, CBC News, June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  7. ^ La haute définition en français Archived 2012-04-01 at the Wayback Machine Infopresse 2006-10-30 (in French)

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