How many community newspapers are there in Canada?

There are over 1,100 community newspapers in Canada. Of these papers, 800 are members of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA).

How many daily newspapers are there in Canada?

Currently there are approximately 122 English and French-language daily newspapers in Canada; 95 of these newspapers are paid-for while the remaining 27 papers are free publications. The largest daily newspaper in Canada is the Toronto Star with a circulation of more than 252,000 paid copies each weekday, about 392,000 on Saturdays and about 276,000 on Sundays. Each week, the Toronto Star sells almost 2 million copies.

Circulation – How many newspapers are sold in Canada?

Each day about one in five Canadians above the age of 18 buys a daily newspaper, one of the highest ratios in the world. Canada’s daily paid circulation stood at more than 3.8 million copies on an average publishing day in 2011, and 24.7 million copies in an average week. On the community side, total circulation, all editions, reaches more than 19 million copies per week.

Readership – How many Canadians read community newspapers?

The most recent research from ComBase demonstrates that community newspaper readership remains strong, with 74% of Canadian adults reading their community newspaper. According to the 2008/2009 study, 25% of community newspaper readers read only their local paper. To learn more about community newspaper readership visit the ComBase website at

Readership – How many Canadians read daily newspapers?

According to the latest research data from the Newspaper Audience Databank (NADBank), almost 8 out of 10 adults living in markets where daily newspapers are available read either a printed edition or visited a newspaper website each week. Migration to newspaper websites continues, but the printed edition remains the most popular way to read a newspaper. Across all markets 73% read a printed edition of a daily newspaper each week and 71% of readers read only the printed edition. The 2010 study also showed that 15 million (78% reach) adults read a daily newspaper or visited a newspaper website each week up from 14.7 million in 2009. For more information about daily newspaper readership in major Canadian markets, visit the NADbank website at

What about online newspapers?

In 1994, The Halifax Daily News became Canada’s first daily newspaper to launch an online edition. Today, most newspapers are extending their reach beyond the core printed product and increasing their audience with online sites and apps for mobile and tablet devices. All 95 daily newspapers in Canada and most of the over 1,100 community newspapers have an associated website.

Readership of online editions of daily newspapers continues to grow. In Canada, the cities with the highest online readership are Ottawa (37%), Quebec City (36%) & Montreal (35%). Overall, 22% of Canadians read a daily newspaper online each week according to NADBank.

Ownership – Who owns Canada’s community newspapers?

Currently, of the 800 community newspapers that are CCNA members, 469 are corporately owned by one of 8 major corporate owners. The top corporate owners are as follows: Quebecor/Sun Media, 112; Torstar/Metroland Media Group, 108; Black Press, 83; Glacier Media Group, 76; Transcontinental Media, 41; Brunswick News, 19; Great West Newspapers, 18 and Multimedia Nova, 12. For more information about Canada’s community newspapers click here.

Ownership – Who owns Canada’s daily newspapers?

The majority of Canadian paid daily newspapers are under group ownership: Sun Media (Quebecor)/Osprey, 36; Postmedia Network Inc. (formerly Canwest) 10; Médias Transcontinental, 10; Power Corp. of Canada, 7; Glacier Canadian Newspapers, 7; Torstar, 4; Continental Newspapers Canada, 3; Glacier Canadian Newspapers/Alta Newspaper Group Ltd., 3; Brunswick News Inc., 3; FP Canadian Newspapers, 2; Halifax Herald Ltd., 1; Black Press, 4; Woodbridge Co. Ltd., 1. There are 4 daily newspapers that are independent or privately-owned. To learn more about daily newspaper ownership click here.

Are newspapers environmentally friendly?

The Canadian newspaper industry’s contribution to environmental sustainability is significant, and we’re committed to doing more. Canada is a global leader in waste paper recovery, with some of the highest rates of waste diversion of old newspapers in the world. Canadians recycle 80% of their newsprint. Newspaper suppliers in the Canadian forest industry have reduced green house gas emissions by 10 times what is required under Kyoto (Forest Products Association of Canada). In many provinces, newspapers partner with governments and waste management agencies to get the job done. To learn more about newspapers and the environment read Newspapers Canada’s report Newspapers: A Green Choice.

What is the dollar value of Canada’s daily newspaper industry?

Canadian daily newspapers recorded over $3 billion in total revenues in 2011. Daily newspaper revenues come from three sources: circulation, advertising and online. In 2011, circulation revenue for Canadian daily newspapers was $794 million representing just over a quarter of total revenues. Daily newspaper print advertising revenues were almost $2 billion accounting for two thirds of revenues. Online advertising, including mobile, increased 15% to more than $245 million, accounting for 8% of all revenue.

How does newspaper advertising stack up against the competition?

According to a 2010 study by Totum Research Inc., advertising in newspapers is trusted more than any other medium. Six of ten Canadians (61%) say they’d rather look at the ads in a newspaper than watch advertisements on TV. That view is shared in nearly equal proportions across all demographic groupings – gender, age, education, and household income. The study showed that, compared to other media, newspaper ads (in print and online) are most likely to help source a bargain and inspire purchases.

What is a typical daily newspaper workforce?

At a large daily, about 15% of the workforce would be editorial; promotion and advertising would comprise 10%; production and maintenance, 45%; business and administration 15% and circulation, 15%. For more information about careers available in the newspaper industry click here.

Which is the oldest newspaper in Canada?

Canada lays claim to having the oldest surviving newspaper in North America. The Quebec Gazette was established in Quebec City on June 21, 1764. The Quebec Gazette survives today as the roots of the weekly Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. The next oldest newspaper is the U.S.‘s Hartford Courant in Connecticut. It was first issued on Oct. 29, 1764. (Source, W. H. Kesterton’s “A History of Journalism in Canada”, 1966)

The Montreal Gazette is Canada’s oldest continuously published newspaper. It was launched on June 3, 1778, by Fleury Mesplet.

The Kingston Whig-Standard, which lays claim to being the oldest continually-published DAILY newspaper in Canada, has daily roots that go back to 1849 when the British Whig became “Canada West’s” first successful daily. The Kingston Whig-Standard was established in 1924 after the merger of the British Whig and Kingston Standard.

The first daily in British North America was the Daily Advertiser in Montreal (1833). (Source, W. H. Kesterton’s “A History of Journalism in Canada”, 1966)

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