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Ontario Newspapers, Past & Present
OntarioGenWeb has compiled a list of some newspapers published within the province, with, if known, information on where you might be able to find an archived copy. This list is far from complete and your help is needed.

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Upper Canada

    Colonial Advocate
    Upper Canada
    - Released from 1824 - ?

Brant County

    Brantford Courier
    Brantford
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Paris Star
    Paris


Bruce County

    Kincardine News
    Kincardine
    - Released weekly from 1857 - present. Available from Kincardine News Archive, 719 Queen St, Kincardine, ON; Bruce County Museum/Library in Port Elgin & Southampton

    Shoreline News
    Port Elgin


Bruce County & Huron County

    Lucknow Sentinel
    Lucknow
    - Released weekly from 1873 - present. Back Issues up to one year available at the newspaper office; On microfilm at Huron County Library in Goderich. NO b, m, d index

Carleton County

    Bytown Gazette
    Ottawa
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Ottawa Advocate
    Ottawa
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Ottawa Citizen OnLine
    Ottawa

    Ottawa Free Press
    Ottawa
    - Merged with The Ottawa Journal 1917

    Ottawa Sun
    Ottawa

    Packet
    Ottawa
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    The Ottawa Citizen
    Ottawa
    - Released daily from ? - present

    The Ottawa Journal
    Ottawa
    - Released Daily from 1885 - 1917 when it merged with The Ottawa Free Press


Cochrane District

    Timmins Times
    Timmins

Dufferin County

    Orangeville Banner
    Orangeville

Durham County

    Ajax/Pickering News Advertiser
    Ajax / Pickering

    Durham News
    Durham

    Oshawa / Whitby/Clarington/Port Perry This Week
    Oshawa / Whitby / Clarington / Port Perry
    - Released Four times per week from 1970 - present. Possibly at the Oshawa Public Library


Elgin County

    St. Thomas Standard
    St. Thomas
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    St. Thomas Times-Journal
    St. Thomas


Essex County

    Amherstburg Echo
    Amherstberg
    - Released weekly from 1874 - present. Available from Marsh Collection Society, 235A Dalhousie St, Amherstburg (519-736-9191)

    Leamington Post
    Leamington


Frontenac County

    Argus
    Kingston
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    British Whig
    Kingston
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Chronicle and Gazette
    Kingston
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Herald
    Kingston
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    News
    Kingston
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?


Glengarry County

    Alexandria Glengarry News
    Alexandria

Grenville County

    Prescott Journal
    Prescott
    - Released weekly from 1988 -

Grey County

    Owen Sound Tribune
    Owen Sound

Halton County

    Burlington Gazette
    Burlington
    - Released weekly from 1899-1986. Available at the Burlington Public Library, New St. Burlington Ont. Also available at Mills Library Mc Master University, Hamilton Ont. (Issues missing for 1913, 1926, 1953, 1954)

    The Canadian Champion
    Milton
    - Available on microfilm at Milton Public Library


Hastings County

    Belleville Intelligencer
    Belleville
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - present day?

    Victoria Chronicle
    Belleville
    - Years in print: bef 1846 - ?

    Tweed News
    Tweed


Huron County

    News Record
    Clinton

    Lakeshore Advance
    Dashwood, Grand Bend & Zurich

    Exeter Advocate
    Exeter
    - Released weekly from Jun 1887 - Dec 1926. Available on Microfilm at Exeter Library

    Exeter Times
    Exeter
    - Released weekly from Nov 1873 - Dec 1924. Available on Microfilm at Exeter Library

    Exeter Times-Advocate
    Exeter
    - Released weekly from 1927 - present. Available on Microfilm at Exeter Library

    Signal Star
    Goderich

    Seaforth Huron Expositor
    Seaforth

    Wingham Advance Times
    Wingham
    - Released weekly from 1885 - present. Availability: Most of 1885 & 1888, Almost all issues 1889 to present. 1885 - March 1908 are indexed for BMD, at the Wingham Public Library

    Zurich Citizen News
    Zurich
    - Released weekly from 1958 - 1981, 1986. Available on Microfilm at Exeter Public Library

    Zurich Herald
    Zurich
    - Released weekly from 1900 - 1957. Availability: 1900 - 1917, 1919 - 1957, On Microfilm at Exeter Public Library


Kenora District

    Daily Miner and News
    Kenora
    - Released twice weekly until daily editions started in 1952 from late 1800's - present. Past issues up to 12 months are available for sale from the newspaper office; 1894/5 & 1899 - present available at Kenora Public Library. This newspaper was created when the Rat Portage Miner and The News merged in the early 1900's. Visit their web site for further information

Kent County

    Chatham Gleaner
    Chatham
    - Released weekly (Tuesdays) from bef 1846 - ?

Lanark County

    Bathurst Courier
    Perth
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

Leeds County

    Brockville Recorder (and Times)
    Brockville
    - Released weekly 1821-1873; Daily 1873 - present. {The Brockville Recorder & The Brockville Times merged with the current name in 1918}. Past issues available at the newspaper office and at the Brockville Public Library; Computer database with obituaries started in 1995

    Statesman
    Brockville
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Gananoque Reporter
    Gananoque
    - Released 1860? to present. Archived papers available at Gananoque Library (Info courtesy of Jen Wylie)


Lincoln County

    Upper Canada Gazette
    Newark (now Niagara-on-the-lake)
    - Released from 1793 - ?

    Argus
    Niagara
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Niagara Chronicle
    Niagara
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    St. Catharine's Journal
    St. Catharine's
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?


Middlesex County

    London Free Press
    London
    - Released daily from 1850 - present. Available at London Public Library London Room (1850 +) and University of Western Ontario

    Times
    London
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Strathroy Age Dispatch
    Strathroy


Norfolk County

    Long Point Advocate
    Simcoe
    - Released from bef 1846 - ?

Northumberland County

    Canada Christian Advocate
    Cobourg
    - Years in Print: bef 1846 - ?

    Church
    Cobourg
    - Years in Print: bef 1846 - ?

    Cobourg Star
    Cobourg
    - Years in Print: bef 1846 - ?

    Port Hope Gazette
    Port Hope
    - Discontinued by 1846


Oxford County

    Herald
    Woodstock
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Monarch
    Woodstock
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?


Parry Sound District

    Parry Sound North Star
    Parry Sound
    - Twice Weekly. Released 1874-present from Available on microfilm at the Parry Sound Public library

Peel County

    Mississauga News
    Mississauga

Perth County

    Mitchell Advocate
    Mitchell
    - Released weekly from 1860 - present. Stratford-Perth Archives, 7 Frances St, Mitchell, ON N0K 1N0 (PO Box 970); The archives have issues from 1860-1877 and 1918 to present (some issues during missing period), and a partial index

Peterborough County

    Havelock Standard
    Belmont Township
    - Released weekly 1895-1974. Available at the National Library: AMICUS NO. 7670117. Although publication began in 1895, films are not available until 1898. Can be ordered through interlibrary loan. Must have AMICUS No. and specify dates. Films cover a two year period starting with 1898-1899. (Info courtesy of Sandra Marshall Millis)

    Peterborough Chronicle
    Peterborough
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Peterborough Gazette
    Peterborough
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?


Prescott County

    Life at the Springs
    Caledonia
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

Prince Edward County

    Picton Sun
    Picton
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?

    Prince Edward Gazette
    Picton
    - Released weekly from bef 1846 - ?


Rainy River District

    Fort Frances Times & Rainy Lake Herald
    Fort Frances

Renfrew County

    Arnprior Chronicle - Guide Newspaper
    Arnprior, Braeside, McNab, Pakenham, West Carleton
    - Released weekly; twice weekly from 1879-present

Simcoe County

    Barrie Advance
    Barrie

Stormont County

    Cornwall Observer
    Cornwall
    - Years in Print: bef 1846 - ?

Sudbury District

    Sudbury Northern Life
    Sudbury

    Sudbury Star
    Sudbury


Thunder Bay District

    Thunder Bay Post
    Thunder Bay

Timiskaming District

    Kirkland Lake Gazette
    Kirkland Lake

Waterloo County

    Dumfries Courier
    Galt
    - Released weekly (Saturdays) from bef 1846 - ?

    German Canadian
    Kitchener
    - Years in print: bef 1846 - ?


Welland County

    Niagara Falls Review
    Niagara Falls
    - Started as a weekly, is now a daily from 1879 - present. Available at Niagara Falls Public Library

Wellington County

    Guelph and Galt Advertiser
    Guelph
    - Released weekly (Fridays) from bef 1846 - ?

Wentworth County

    Daily Times
    Hamilton
    - Released 1858, first as a semi-weekly, then as a weekly

    Hamilton Gazette
    Hamilton
    - Years in Print: bef 1846 - ?

    Hamilton Spectator
    Hamilton

    Herald
    Hamilton
    - Years in Print: bef 1846 - ?

    Journal and Express
    Hamilton
    - Years in Print: bef 1846 - ?

    Journal and Express
    Hamilton
    - Purchased by Nicholson & Company in 1856

    The Herald
    Hamilton
    - Year in Print: 1889 - ?

    The Reform Banner and Railway Chronicle / Daily Banner
    Hamilton
    - Released three times weekly until Aug 1854 when it became a daily and was renamed "Daily Banner"

    The Spectator
    Hamilton
    - Released daily from ? - present


York County

    Banner
    Toronto
    - Released from bef 1846 - ?

    British Canadian
    Toronto
    - Released from bef 1846 - ?

    British Colonist
    Toronto
    - Released from bef 1846 - ?

    Chinese Express
    Toronto
    - Printed in Chinese

    Christian Guardian
    Toronto
    - Released from bef 1846 - ?

    Examiner
    Toronto
    - Released from bef 1846 - ?

    Herald
    Toronto
    - Released from bef 1846 - ?

    Mirror
    Toronto
    - Released from bef 1846 - ?

    Patriot
    Toronto
    - Released from bef 1846 - ?

    Shing Wah Daily News
    Toronto
    - Released from ? Printed in Chinese

    Star Weekly
    Toronto
    - Released weekly (Sundays) from Apr 1910 - 1973

    The Empire
    Toronto
    - Released from 1887 - 1895 when it merged with The Mail & becameMail and Empire

    The Globe
    Toronto
    - Released from 1844 - 1936 when it merged with The Mail and Empire & becameGlobe and Mail

    The Mail
    Toronto
    - Released from 1872 - 1895 when it merged with The Empire & becameMail and Empire

    The Mail and Empire
    Toronto
    - Released from 1895 - 1936 when it merged with The Globe & became Globe and Mail

    The News
    Toronto
    - Released from 1881 - ?

    The Sunday Sun
    Toronto
    - Released weekly from 16 Sep 1973 - present

    The Telegram
    Toronto
    - Released from 1876 - 1971. Available at Toronto Sun News Research Centre, 333 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 3X5

    The World
    Toronto
    - Released from 1880 - ?

    Toronto Globe and Mail
    Toronto
    - Released daily from 1936 - present day; Created from the merging of two newspapers

    Toronto Star
    Toronto
    - Released Daily from 1892 - present

    Toronto Sun
    Toronto
    - Released daily from 1971 - present. Available at Toronto Sun News Research Centre, 333 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 3X5; Metro Toronto Reference Centre

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