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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 ($).

Online Newspaper Resources

Here is a selected list of websites that can assist you with your research. This list is by no means extensive; some provide indexes while others have actual digital images. Most of these websites offer free access while others are fee based.

When looking for newspaper resources, be sure to check the public library, university library and local archives in the area of your research.


Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Newspapers on Microform

Library and Archives Canada - Checklist of Indexes to Canadian Newspapers Held by Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada - The Canada Gazette (1841-1997)

Canada Gazette -The Canada Gazette (1998-2007)

Library and Archives Canada - Special Editions of Canadian Newspapers 

Canadian War Museum - Democracy At War: Canadian Newspaper and the Second World War 


Our Roots - Alberta Newspapers, 1880-1982

Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Collection (1905-1955)

University of Alberta - Peel’s Prairie Provinces - Find Newspapers

Alberta Family Histories Society - Newspaper Announcements (1883-1902)

British Columbia

Victoria Newspapers 1858-1921

Prince George Newspapers Project

The British Colonist Online Edition: 1858-1910

Terrace Public Library - Eleanor Muehle Newspaper Archive (1926-2008)


Digital Resources on Manitoba History-Newspapers

University of Alberta - Peel’s Prairie Provinces - Find Newspapers - Historical Newspaper Collection – Manitoba

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Provincial Archives - Daniel F. Johnson’s New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics (1784-1896)

New Brunswick Free Public Library -Newspaper Archives of New Brunswick (1871-1908) 

Newfoundland & Labrador

Historical Directory of Newfoundland and Labrador Newspapers

Memorial University Libraries - Historical Directory of Newfoundland & Labrador Newspapers 

Memorial University Digital Archives Initiative - The Daily News 1955-1963

Memorial University Digital Archives Initiative - TheTwillingate Sun (1880-1953)

Memorial University Digital Archives Initiative - Le Gaboteur (1984-Present)

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Genealogy Network Association -Nova Scotian Newspapers

Acadia University - Vaughan Memorial Library -Maritime Newspapers on Microfilm at Acadia 


Globe and Mail - Canada’s Heritage from 1844

This database is accessible with a Toronto Public Library Card or through ProQuest. Check with your local public or university library.

Toronto Star - Pages of the Past (since 1894)

A subscription is required for access. The database is also accessible through the Toronto Public Library website with a library card.

Provincial Freeman (1854-1857)

Index to Names in the Christian Guardian Newspaper (1830s-1925)

Early Toronto Newspapers 1793-1867

Halton’s Historical and Newspaper Records

Ingersoll Chronicle Online Database

Ingersoll Tribune Online Database

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Newspaper Repositories


Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec - Digital Collection - Newspapers


Saskatchewan News Index 1884-2000

University of Alberta - Peel’s Prairie Provinces - Find Newspapers

Yukon, Northwest Territories & Nunavut

Onestep - Ultimate List of Online Newspapers - Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut


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

We welcome updates and additions to this Wiki page.