OTTAWA — The Trudeau government won’t be bailing out Canada’s struggling news industry, The Huffington Post Canada has learned.

The upcoming federal budget will include no cash to set up a civic journalism fund — as was recently recommended by the Public Policy Forum in a report commissioned by Heritage Canada, several sources confirmed.

The report, titled “The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age,” suggests the establishment of a “Future of Journalism and Democracy Fund,” funded through a tax increase on non-Canadian digital publishers and a one-time $100-million federal injection.

The fund would help news organizations transition to digital formats, support civic-function journalism projects through an arm’s length structure and help small news organizations obtain legal advice.

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