Every year, The Canadian Journalism Foundation supports and rewards excellence in Canadian journalism through its annual awards program and by supporting recognition programs run by other organizations. The recipients are presented their awards at the annual CJF Awards, held in June. See highlights from past galas: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.
- The annual Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a substantial contribution by a Canadian journalist to the profession.
- The annual Honorary Tribute recognizes a media luminary who has made an impact on the international stage.
- The annual Excellence in Journalism Award honours an organization which embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices.
- The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award offers a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press to a photojournalist in the early stages of their career. The annual internship is designed to give a photographer trying to break into the business a chance to perform on the national stage.
- The annual Greg Clark Award is designed to offer working journalists, early in their career, a professional development opportunity which will allow them to gain insight, strategic information and meet key decision-makers in a sector or issue they regularly cover.
- The William Southam Journalism Fellowships, awarded annually by the University of Toronto and Massey College, reward emerging journalists with a year long of study at Massey College in the discipline of their choice. In addition to the fully paid fellowship, they are given postings within the industry to work along side a professional journalist in television, radio or print.
- The Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, awarded by the Atkinson Foundation, provides a grant for a Canadian journalist to undertake a year-long research project on a topical policy issue. It is designed to further both the tradition of liberal journalism in Canada and the commitment to social and economic justice of Joseph E. Atkinson.
- The Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship is awarded bi-annually and allows the recipient to enjoy a one-year sabbatical at Harvard University.