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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 ($).


Finding and Using the Newspaper You Want (Continued)


  • 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

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 for LAC are listed on their website:

Canadian Newspapers on Microform Held by the Library and ArchivesCanada


  • 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 and Victoria: 1-800-663-7867 (ask the operator for 387-1952).
From everywhere else (250)387-1952
(please see their website for a complex and very firm note on what is required for an email query)

Their catalogue is British Columbia Newspapers on Microfilm.

“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
Telephone General Inquiries: (204)945-3971

For books and publications, researchers are referred to:

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

  • 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

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 and Labrador

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

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).


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:

Prince Edward Island

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
  • Montréal
    Édifice Gilles-Hocquart
    535 avenue Viger est
    Montréal, Québec H2L 2P3
    Telephone: (514) 873-1100, option 4
  • Québec
    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:


Regina location:

Saskatchewan Archives Board 3303 Hillsdale Street Regina, Saskatchewan Mailing address: P.O. Box 1665 Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3C6 Telephone: 306-787-4068 Email: Website:

Saskatoon location:

Saskatchewan Archives Board 91 Murray Building, University of Saskatchewan 3 Campus Drive Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A4 Telephone: 306-933-5832 Email:

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 Website:

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 Email: Website:

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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