The Most Popular Daily Newspapers In Canada

Newspapers bring the news of the world to the breakfast table of a home.
Newspapers bring the news of the world to the breakfast table of a home.

Newspapers are the most popular form of print media in the world with millions of publications in circulation each day. The newspaper is a publication which was initially printed on newsprints with news on current events as well as many informative articles. With the advent of the internet, many newspaper publications have gone from print media to digital media. The Canadian newspaper industry has a rich history of several newspaper companies being over a century old and has some newspapers having a circulation of over 100,000 papers every day. In 2015, the circulation of daily newspapers for both paid and free in Canada stood at 5.1 million copies per day and more than 30 million copies in a single week.

1. The Globe And Mail

The Globe and Mail is the most popular newspaper in Canada with an average daily circulation of 323,133 copies from Monday to Saturday. The newspaper does not publish a Sunday edition. The Globe and Mail is owned by a Toronto-based company, The Woodbridge Company, with its headquarters located in 352 King Street East in Toronto, Ontario. Originally known as The Globe which was founded in 1844 by George Brown, the publishing company merged in 1936 with another company, The Mail and Empire (founded in 1895) to form The Globe and Mail. The company has seen other mergers and acquisitions through the years with the 1965 merger with FP Publications and subsequent acquisition by The Thomson Corporation, the 2001 merger with Bell Canada to form Bell Globemedia. In October 2010, the Globe and Mail did several redesigns on its paper layout to create a fully-colored-page newspaper with better graphics. The move had the effect of spiking sales of the publication. The Globe and Mail have separate editions printed in the cities of Halifax, Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary.

2. Toronto Star

The Toronto Star is Canada’s most popular newspaper based on weekly publications and second in daily publications behind The Globe and Mail (The Globe and Mail do not produce the Sunday edition.) The Toronto Star has a daily circulation of 308,881 newspapers. The newspaper is owned by Torstar Corporation’s subsidiary, the Star Media Group. The Toronto Star was first published in 1892 and was then known as the Evening Star and was created by striking employees of the Toronto News, led by Horatio Clarence Hocken. The paper originally did poorly and was acquired by different individuals over the years. Joseph Atkinson was the paper’s editor from 1889 to 1948 when he died; he had a profound influence in the popularity the paper. The newspaper released its iOS app in September 2015 and in January 2016 announced that it would be outsourcing all its printing operations after closing down all its printing plant.

3. Le Journal de Montreal

The Le Journal de Montreal was established in 1964 by Pierre Peladeau and is owned by Montreal-based Quebecor Media Company. With a daily circulation of 231,069, the Le Journal de Montreal is the most popular French-language newspaper in North America. The newspaper also has the highest-circulation tabloid newspaper in Canada. The Le Journal de Montreal has seen several alterations over the years from its original issue with a complete overhaul in graphics in September 2005.

The Most Popular Daily Newspapers In Canada

RankPaper NameRegionCirculation
1The Globe and MailNational323,133
2Toronto StarToronto308,881
3La Presse* now digital except SaturdayMontreal279,731
4Le Journal de MontréalMontreal231,069
524 Hours TorontoToronto213,143
6Metro TorontoToronto204,840
7National PostNational186,343
8Journal MetroMontreal172,002
9Le Journal de QuébecQuebec City150,248
10Montreal 24 heuresMontreal150,239
11The Vancouver SunVancouver133,329
12The Toronto SunToronto119,048
13Metro VancouverVancouver113,500
14The SpectatorHamilton113,052
15The ProvinceVancouver112,115
1624 Hours VancouverVancouver111,479
17Calgary HeraldCalgary107,954
18Winnipeg Free PressWinnipeg101,229
19Ottawa CitizenOttawa/Gatineau93,277
20The Edmonton JournalEdmonton91,776

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