In total there are around 2,000 historical newspapers that are available online (for free) and the links are included in these articles. All publication dates for each newspaper are not online and of course not all newspapers ever published in Canada are either.
The Google News Archive (GNA) has a very large number of Canadian titles available online. And their links have been included in the articles listed below. Quebec has the largest collection of GNA newspapers in Canada and is also larger collection-wise than any state in the United States as well.
Several provinces have province-wide online databases, whether sponsored by a government agency or university or library. For example, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec,and Ontario all have sizable collections, and their links are included in these articles.
Below is a list of all 10 province articles (and the territories). Below that list are links to 4 tutorial videos for some of the collections.
I encourage you to take advantage of these links and find interesting articles and stories about your ancestors. In other words - click on the links below, proceed to the article and find the newspaper links that may be of interest to you.
Please note that any article that includes links to free or other newspaper research sites are accurate at the time of publication. Collection updates may occur (as well as dead links) in the future, both of which are out of my control. It is not the intention of the author (me) to maintain a complete or constantly updated list for all time. In other words, please don't yell at me if this is not 100% complete and/or accurate forever.
Links By Province (Online Historical Summaries)
- British Columbia
- Canadian Territories
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
I would suggest bookmarking the Newspapers! page on this website and visiting it regularly. Additional articles that are either informational or contain links are frequently being added. If you are interested in United States Online Historical Newspaper Links there are approximately 10,000 historical newspaper links available via that article.
Good luck and happy hunting!