Canada's Newspaper Industry in 2021

In 2021, the newspaper industry as a whole (daily and community) circulated more than 33 million copies each week. 35% of newspaper circulation is paid and 65% is free (controlled). Almost one-third of newspapers publish in broadsheet format (30%) and approximately two-thirds publish in tabloid format (67%).

Snapshot 2021 material can be downloaded by clicking the links below:

2021 Fact Sheet (PDF)2021 Report (Excel) | 2021 Report (PDF)

Daily Newspapers

In 2021, Canada’s daily newspaper circulation (paid and free) stood at 19.3 million copies over the course of a week. 58% of daily newspaper circulation is paid and 42% is free (controlled).

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Community Newspapers

In 2021, there were 950 community newspapers in Canada and 1,000 editions. Community newspapers publish 14.1 million copies each week and the majority of circulation is free (controlled), accounting for 13.5 million copies weekly. Community newspapers publish in both broadsheet and tabloid formats, although 84% of all editions are tabloids.

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For more information contact Kelly Levson, Director of Marketing and Research, at klevson@newsmediacanada.ca.

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