Journalists can protect their sources

The Supreme Court in Canada and Quebec have agreed that journalists have the right to keep their sources a secret. They must show that in doing so they do not threaten the administration of justice.

Early in 2010 the ruling that affirms journalist privilege was confirmed in Canada. Quebec has it's own court system (it isn't just two languages in Canada) and in October the Quebec Superior Court agreed with this special privilege for journalists.

There is a case-by-case test that can be applied. So it is not absolute such as police informants have protection but it does provide some necessary protection for investigative journalists.