Do you know many daily newspapers are there in Canada? Which newspaper brings in the highest readers in each province? Which media company has the highest share of the daily average circulation? 

By Tamara Baluja

Newspapers Canada released its 2012 circulation data report Thursday with statistics on French and English dailies. Here are 7 interesting facts from the report:

How many daily newspapers are there in Canada?

There are 95 English and French paid dailies in Canada and 29 free dailies. That’s a grand total of 124 daily newspapers.

How many copies of newspapers are published on average daily?

Canada's daily newspaper circulation, including paid and free newspapers, is 6,000,147 copies on an average publishing day. That translates into 35,964,745 copies weekly.

Which newspaper has the highest circulation in Canada?

With the population distribution of Canada as it is, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Toronto Star has the highest daily circulation not only in the province but also the country. Here are the top 10 newspapers with the highest daily average circulation in Canada, in descending order:

Toronto Star with 357,612 copies      

The Globe and Mail with 302,190 copies

Le Journal de Montreal with 287,799 copies

La Presse with 227,206 copies

National Post with 169,566 copies

Toronto Sun with 169,219 copies

Vancouver Sun with 164,507 copies

Le Journal de Quebec with 145,089 copies

Vancouver Province with 142,300 copies

Calgary Herald with 127,147 copies

Which newspaper brings in the highest readers in each province?

Here are the paid dailies with the highest daily average circulation, by province:

Alberta: Calgary Herald with 127,147 copies

B.C.: Vancouver Sun with 164,507 copies

Manitoba: Winnipeg Free Press with 113,251 copies

New Brunswick: Times Transcript with 30,747 copies

Newfoundland and Labrador: The Telegram with 25,646 copies

Nova Scotia: Chronicle Herald with 109,210 copies

Ontario: Toronto Star with 357,612 copies

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Prince Edward Island: The Guardian with 17,724 copies

Quebec: Le Journal de Montreal with 287,799 copies

Saskatchewan: StarPhoenix with 48,107 copies

Yukon: Whitehorse Star with 2,094 copies

Which media company owns the most newspapers?

With 42 newspapers, Quebecor/Sun Media is the company with the largest number of newspapers under its umbrella. Torstar is a distant second with 13 newspapers, followed by Black Press and TC Media each with 12 and Postmedia with 10.

And in case you’re wondering what company owns which newspaper, check out this very helpful breakdown

Which media company has the highest share of the daily average circulation?

Quebecor has the highest share of daily average circulation, followed by Torstar, Postmedia, Power Corporation, TC Media and CTV Globemedia.

 

Which free daily has the highest circulation in Canada?

24 Hours Toronto is the free daily with the highest average daily circulation in Canada. Here are the top 10 in descending order:

24 Hours Toronto with 258,007 copies

Metro Toronto with 256,265 copies

24 Heures Montreal with 178,914 copies

Journal Montreal with 164,921 copies

Metro Vancouver with 158,261 copies

24 Hours Vancouver with 133,103 copies

t.o.night with 102,000 copies

Metro Edmonton with 81,067 copies

Metro Calgary with 77,139 copies

Metro Ottawa with 57,230 copies

 

*All images courtesy of Newspapers Canada

 

Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.