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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian: Newspaper Records  by Ryan Taylor, revised by Susanna de Groot, PLCGS. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).




Library and Archives Canada

395 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N4 General enquiries: 613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777 (Toll free in Canada and the US) Online Contact Forms at:

Their preferred method of receiving queries is via email, at either of the above addresses. There is a large collection of newspapers on mf at Library and Archives Canada. It published a union list in book form under the title Union list of Canadian newspapers held by Canadian libraries = Liste collective des journaux canadiens disponibles dans les bibliothèques canadiennes (National Library of Canada, 1977, with a supplementary volume in 1983). Since 1988 it has been published on microfiche only. This title is widely available in Canadian libraries of all sizes. Newspaper holdings forLAC are listed on their website:

Canadian Newspapers on Microform Held by the Library and ArchivesCanada,


Provincial Archives of Alberta

8555 Roper Road

Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1

Telephone: 780-427-1750



The Legislature Library has a nearly complete collection of weeklies from 1905.

Legislative Assembly of Alberta - Library Services

216 Legislature Building

10800-97th Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6

Telephone: (780)427- 2473



Both the Provincial Archives and Legislature Library have newspapers.

British Columbia

British Columbia Archives

655 Belleville Street

Victoria, British Colombia

Mailing address:

675 Belleville Street

Victoria, British Colombia V8W 9W2

Telephone Toll Free from Greater Vancouver area: (604)660-2421 (ask the operator for 250-387-1952). From other areas in British Columbia, excluding Vancouver & Victoria: 1-800-663-7867 (ask the operator for 387-1952). From everywhere else (250)387-1952

Email: (please see their website for a complex and very firm note on

what is required for an email query)


Their catalogue, British Columbia Newspapers on Microfilm, can be found at the website:

. “The collection does not include the major 20th century Vancouver and Victoria daily newspapers; researchers are advised to contact public libraries, university libraries, or the Legislative Library of British Columbia for these materials.”


Archives of Manitoba

130-200 Vaughan Street

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1T5

Telephone Government Records: (204)945-3738

TelephoneGeneral Inquiries : (204)945-3971



For books and publications, researchers are referred to the Manitoba Legislative Library in the same building.

Telephone: (204)945-4243



They have newspapers from Manitoba dating back to 1859 and make the microfilms available for interlibrary loan.

New Brunswick

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB)

Bonar Law-Bennett Building

23 Dineen Drive

University of New Brunswick Campus

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 6000

Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H1

Telephone: (506)453-2122


New Brunswick Newspaper Directory:

The province’s largest collection of newspapers is at:

Harriet Irving Library

University of New Brunswick

P.O. Box 7500

Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H5

(Street address: 5 MacAulay Lane)

Telephone: (506) 453-4740

Newspaper Guide:

Legislative Library of New Brunswick

706 Queen Street

P.O. Box 6000

Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H1

Telephone: (506)453-2338



The Legislative Library also has a large collection. They have all New Brunswick newspapers and also make clippings files by subject from the four provincial dailies “concerning public issues and the activities of the New Brunswick government” so it appears unlikely these will be of use to genealogists.

Newfoundland & Labrador

The Rooms - Provincial Archives Division9 Bonaventure Avenue

P.O. Box 1800, Station C

St. John’s, Newfoundland A1C 5P9

Telephone: (709)757-8030



The principal repository for newspapers is the Newfoundland & Labrador Collection, which is part of the:

Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries

Newfoundland & Labrador Collection

Provincial Resource Library

Arts & Culture Centre

St. John’s, Newfoundland A1B 3A3

Telephone: 709-737-3955


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Archives

6016 University Avenue

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1W4

(corner of University Avenue and Robie Street)

Telephone: (902)424-6060



A good listing of their newspaper holdings can be found in Terrence Punch’s Genealogical research in Nova Scotia (New revised edition, Halifax: Nimbus, 1998).


Archives of Ontario

134 Ian Macdonald Blvd.

Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C5

Toll-Free Number (Ontario only): 1-800-668-9933

or (416)327-1600



AO has a large collection of pre-1930 newspapers. In the 1960s, Ontario universities had a cooperative programme to microfilm local newspapers, and these microfilms can be found in many university libraries. The largest collection of post-1930 Ontario newspapers in one place (aside fromLAC) can be found at the:

Toronto Public Library - Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge Street (1 block north of Bloor)

Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8

Telephone: (416) 393-7131


Prince Edward Island

Public Archives & Records Office (PARO)

Hon. George Coles Building, 4th floor

175 Richmond Street

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 1000

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 7M4

Telephone: (902)368-4290



There are many newspapers here and at the:

Robertson Library

University of Prince Edward Island

550 University Avenue

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4P3

Information/Reference Desk: (902)566-0696




The Archives nationales du Québec has nine locations, each of which has the materials for its area:

Abitibi-Témiscamingue et Nord-du-Québec

27, rue du Terminus Ouest

Rouyn-Noranda, Québec J9X 293

Telephone: (819) 763-3484


Bas-Saint-Laurent et Gaspésie, Iles-de-la-Madeleine

337, rue Moreault

Rimouski, Québec G5L 1P4

Telephone: (418) 727-3500



700, boulevard Laure, Bureau 190-2

Sept-Iles, Québec, G4R 1Y1

Telephone: (418) 964-8434


225, rue Frontenac, bureau 401

Sherbrooke, Québec J1H 1K1

Telephone: (819) 820-3010


Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec

225, rue des Forges

Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 2G7

Telephone: (819) 371-6015


Édifice Gilles-Hocquar

t 535 avenue Viger est

Montréal, Québec H2L 2P3

Telephone: (514) 873-1100, option 4



855, boulevard de la Gappe

Gatineau (Québec) J8T 8H9

Telephone : (819) 568-8798



Campus de l’Université Laval

Pavillon Louis-Jacques-Casault

Cité universitaire, C.P. 10450

1055, avenue du Séminaire

Case postale 10450, succursale Sainte-Foy

Québec G1V 4N1

Telephone: (418) 643-8904


Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean

930, rue Jacques-Cartier Est

Bureau C-103

Chicoutimi, Québec G7H 2A9

Telephone: 418-698-3516


The principal repository for newspapers is the:

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)

475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est

Montréal, Québec H2L 5C4

Telephone: 514-873-1100

Toll free in Québec outside Montréal: 1-800-363-9028



Regina location:

Saskatchewan Archives Board

3303 Hillsdale Street

Regina, Saskatchewan

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 1665

Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3C6

Telephone: 306-787-4068



Saskatoon location:

Saskatchewan Archives Board

91 Murray Building, University of Saskatchewan

3 Campus Drive

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A4

Telephone: 306-933-5832


The two offices’ collections reflect their geographical location, Regina collecting for the south and Saskatoon for the north of the province, but it is possible to have things sent to the other office if that is where you will be.

This is the best source for newspapers; papers from communities north of Davidson are in Saskatoon, the rest are in Regina. The weeklies on microfilm are available on interloan.

Yukon, Northwest Territories & Nunavut

Department of Tourism and Culture - Yukon Archives

Yukon Place - 400 College Drive

Whitehorse, Yukon

Telephone: (867)667-5321


For Northwest Territories:

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre - NWT Archives

P.O. Box 1320

4750 - 48 Street

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2L9

Telephone: (867)873-7551



For Nunavut:

Nunavut Archives

Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth

Box 1000, Stn. 800

Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0

Telephone: 867-975-5500


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course Canadian: Newspaper Records offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at

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