This is a list of newspapers that are free to access, unless otherwise noted. I’m going to order these by my highly biased judgements of whether or not I’ve found them useful! 🙂
This gets top billing because it’s the best I’ve seen for the research I do, which is highly concentrated on urban centres. I reviewed Newspapers.com in June, 2019. See Top 12 tips on getting the most out of Newspapers.com (for Canada, for free).
This publication was one of the leading papers of Canada in its day. Great interface, searching by text and browsable by date.
A quirky collection of newspapers unlikely to be ever digitized by the big guys. Titles include The Chinese Times, The Canadian Jewish Review, and the student newspaper The Peak.
Kenneth Marks has done an exhaustive job of researching newspapers and it shows. Spend a few minutes doing his Historical Newspaper Search Lessons – it’s time well spent.
Over 150 small town BC newspapers are here. I’d be curious to know who has more – UBC or Newspapers.com?
Amazing site and getting better all the time. I just did a quick search for articles about my soccer-playing first cousin twice removed from the 1920s and 1930s and found a dozen articles from the Victoria Times Colonist.
Free and wonderful. I wish they’d digitize more. The OCR searches are not as good as those of Newspapers.com.
One central search engine for Manitoba papers. Note: not the Winnipeg Free Press – Newspapers.com has that title.
While there are many more papers featured for the USA, I found a number of titles for Canada. Google appears to be going wide and shallow – a wider range of titles, with 5 editions / time period. I’m guessing this is a work in progress, but for a free resource, it’s darned impressive.