Daily Newspaper Circulation Data

In 2015, Canada's daily newspaper circulation (paid and free) stood at 5.1 million copies on an average publishing day and 30.4 million copies over the course of a week. There were 90 paid dailies in Canada last year and 13 free dailies for a grand total of 103 daily newspapers. There was one fewer daily newspaper publishing by the end of 2015.

  • Paid daily newspapers (90) accounted for a total of 3.9 million copies on an average publishing day and 24.2 million copies over the week.
  • Free daily newspapers (13) accounted for a total of 1.2 million copies on an average publishing day and 6.2 million copies over the week.

The number of newspapers with paywalls or metered access in 2015 was 37. In September 2015 the Toronto Star took down its paywall and introduced an English free tablet edition (Toronto Star Touch), modelled after La Presse+, launched in 2013 by La Presse.

The 2015 report includes a separate breakdown of digital circulation (paid and non-paid combined) for those papers that include this information in their circulation audits. The total weekly digital circulation is more than 6.7 million copies, an increase of 6.9% over 2014.

The 2015 Circulation Data report calculates total circulation levels based on AAM, CMCA, CCAB or owner-provided data. CMCA and CCAB currently provide data based on a 12-month period ending December 31. For those dailies audited by Alliance for Audited Media, data from two six-month Snapshot reports, ending March 31 and September 30, has been averaged to provide a 12-month picture.

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

Historical circulation data

For earlier circulation reports, including daily newspaper circulation rates and figures, click here. (Note: These confidential reports are restricted to CNA members only. You must be from a CNA-member newspaper in order to access this page.)