CJIL broadcasting under the name Miracle Channel is an English-language Christian-based television station based in Lethbridge, Alberta. It was the first over-the-air religious TV station in Canada. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) granted CJIL-TV’s broadcasting licence to founders Dick and Joan Dewert on April 4, 1995. The station debuted on January 14, 1996 broadcasting in southern Alberta, after Canada’s sixty-year ban on religious broadcasting was lifted. It expanded nationally on September 11, 2000.
CJIL is the Canadian partner of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and shares their Canadian-produced programming with that organization. The station is available globally via satellite and on the Internet to 4.2 million homes.
In 2007, CJIL filed an application with the CRTC for a licence to operate English-language transitional digital television programming undertakings in Calgary (Channel 15) and Edmonton (Channel 21). The applications were denied, however, in favour of a competing application from the Crossroads Television System.
Miracle Channel reaches people with the hope of Christ through contemporary, life-giving and life-changing programs from leading ministries as well as documentaries, talk shows, music videos, movies, Canadian news, and live programs.
As the only television station that provides 24 hour access to Biblical teaching in Canada, Miracle Channel’s role in bringing the truth of God’s Word to a hurting world is vitally important. The station is operated as a non-profit Canadian Registered Charity.
Leon Fontaine is the current CEO of Miracle Channel. Leon and his wife Sally are the Senior Pastors of a thriving Spirit Contemporary church called Springs. Each week Leon’s teachings are heard by thousands of people attending services in Springs’ multiple locations throughout southern Manitoba, in Winnipeg, and in Calgary. His weekly television program, Springs TV, is broadcast across North America, Asia, Africa and other far-reaching parts of the world. He also serves as the host of Miracle Channel’s original program, LEON, and publishes two weekly newspaper articles in the Winnipeg and Calgary Sun.
To see more about Miracle Channel, including their program schedule., see their website at www.miraclechannel.ca