Independent Film Channel Canada (IFC) was licensed to Salter Street Films by the CRTC in November 2000 as a cable specialty channel to be devoted to “independent films, the film-making process and the world of film-makers”. By the time the channel was launched in August 2001, Salter Street had been acquired by Alliance Atlantis, and the channel had dropped the “Canada” from its name, having licensed the IFC name from its U.S. counterpart.
By 2007, IFC’s program content had expanded from just independent films to a broader-based schedule of films from all sources, and had added several series dealing with the film business.
CanWest Media Networks acquired Alliance Atlantis in December 2007, and with it ownership of The Independent Film Channel (IFC).
On October 27, 2010, Shaw Communications gained control of IFC as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.
On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was sold to Corus Entertainment.
Corus shut down the Independent Film Channel (IFC) on September 30.