From the vendor: 

[...] CBC and Radio-Canada’s online subscriber-based streaming service [...] documentaries from television and radio, news reports and more.


The base subscription is to content. Channels are add-ons that give additional access to specialised content.

News in Review / L'Actualité en revue

From the vendor:

This is Canada's premier current-event series for the classroom. [...] Top 4 CBC News stories every month, from September through April. Each month our team of experienced CBC News producers and high school teachers hones in on the top 4 news stories and crafts a 15-minute documentary for each -- drawing on news reports from recent months. Host Michael Serapio offers commentary that provides important background info and links. And don't forget the classroom-ready guides. 

National Geographic

From the vendor:

Science, architecture, disasters, great mysteries, human ingenuity... The explorers, adventurers, scientists, researchers, photographers and documentary filmmakers of the National Geographic Society tirelessly crisscross the globe, investigating and exploring the world. Their goal: to make you understand the world, amaze and entertain you with documentaries and investigations that are always driven by the quest for truth.

This channel is available in French and English. 


From the vendor:

A wide range of titles in English and French from the UKʼs public broadcaster, a world leader in innovative storytelling. Content will delve into international history, social justice, earth and space science, medicine, animal behaviour and technology. Also among English-language programs in the channel are short animated and liveaction segments from BBC Teach, ideal for the elementary educator.  

Note: Accounts
  • Each college receives one (main) account. 
  • Colleges may request up to 2000 inidividual profiles to be set up for instructors and/or library staff for playlist creation and sharing.

Curio brochure - English

Curio brochure - French


Functionalities include (from the vendor):

  • Closed captioning
  • Teacher resource guides
  • "Teachers can create and save playlists for their lesson plans and easily integrate content into their institution’s courseware."
Access Details: 
Unlimited Authorized Users, Unlimited Concurrent Access, IP Authentication, Remote Access
Content Types: 
Streaming Media, Video

Title Lists

Titles can be browsed by show, category, or collection on the vendor's platform

As of late August 2019, Episodes 3 and 4 of The 8th Fire documentary series are no longer accessible on the platform as the vendor lost the rights to them. 

Adding Titles

Request that a title be added to with the vendor's request form.

The request is sent to the CBC/Radio-Canada's Content Manager, who will investigate whether CBC/Radio-Canada has all copyright and/or distribution rights for the content within a title. This process can take up to 4 weeks. 

If CBC/Radio-Canada does not have the rights, the title cannot be added to for streaming. It must be purchased instead. Please contact the vendor's archives sales reps in this case. Contact details are on the Curio vendor page.

MARC Records

MARC Records: 

Please refer to these instructions from the vendor

For assistance, please contact the vendor directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.


Usage Stats


Please refer to the PDF and video tutorials available on the Curio website for instructions on obtaining usage statistics. Admin access codes can be found on your subscription page. If they are missing, please contact OCLS.