As the media capital of Canada, it’s no surprise that Toronto is the headquarters for a sizeable number of newspapers, both regional and national. Four of the top ten largest newspapers are based here, as well as a variety of smaller specialty papers.
Here is a breakdown of the newspapers available in Toronto.
As the most prominent paper in Toronto and the highest circulation daily newspaper in the country, the Toronto Star is one of the most powerful voices in the city’s media landscape.
It publishes seven days a week, and has a circulation of over 300,000 on weekdays; 460,000 on Saturdays. It is known as being a voice for Canadian nationalism, as well as having a centre-left political viewpoint.
In recent elections it has generally thrown its editorial weight behind the Liberal and NDP parties. The Toronto Star is a regular winner of national and international awards in journalism and photography, including a Pulitzer Prize.
Much of the paper’s popularity can be attributed to its extensive coverage of a wide range of topics and fields. While it is known for having wide-ranging international coverage, The Star tends to focus on the Greater Toronto Area.
Including the various immigrant communities that make up much of the city’s population. They regularly feature in-depth sections on travel, real estate, shopping, food, and automobiles.
Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail is Canada’s largest nationally distributed newspaper, and second only to the Star in overall circulation. It is published six days a week Monday through Saturday. It is known domestically and internationally as Canada’s main national paper, although it does tend to focus particularly on Toronto.
Home to arguably the best quality writing of the city’s papers, it has been traditionally been considered to be a paper of the country’s literary and business elite.
The business side of the Globe and Mail is probably the most prominent, presented through their Report on Business brand. They are also known for significant literary sections, especially on the weekends.
In recent years they have seen noteworthy changes to their format and content, including more graphics and colour sections.
A relatively new entrant to the national print scene, the National Post positions itself on the far right side of the ideological spectrum. It is published six days a week, Monday to Saturday.
Founded by notorious media baron Conrad Black, the goal of the paper was to address a perceived liberal bias in Canadian Media. Criticized by some for its extreme-right stances on issues such as Israel and Iran, the paper has nonetheless carved out a niche in the Toronto newspaper market.
These days the paper is known for business, literary, and sports coverage, and has an editorial stance in line with the governing Conservative Party.
The Toronto Sun is a tabloid-style newspaper that belongs to the larger family of Sun Media newspapers found in major cities across the country.
It is a populist paper known for its daily “Sunshine Girl” feature as well as comprehensive coverage of sports, city and crime stories. The paper is infamous for having a sensationalist perspective on news, especially crime-related issues.
News stories tend to be much shorter and the language tends to be more conversational than language used in other newspapers. It publishes daily.
One of several free daily (weekday) papers in Toronto, Metro is owned by the large international Metro chain. The paper features quick articles on a range of topics, designed to be read by commuters on their way to, from or at work.
On different days of the week the paper features more in-depth sections on topics such as travel, food, lifestyle, jobs and real estate. The chain generally pools its content with the other Metro papers in Canada, as well as getting some material from the Torstar chain that owns the Toronto Star.
Another free daily distributed by the Sun Media chain on a Monday to Friday basis. Similar in form to Metro, 24 Hours features shorter more graphics-focused content. It gets much of its inspiration from the Sun chain and British tabloid-style newspapers.
Home to a large population born outside of Canada, Toronto has a number of foreign-language papers. There are three Chinese-language newspapers based in the city, which all publish in broadsheet format.
Today Daily News, World Journal, Ming Pao Daily News and Sing Tao Daily all publish seven days a week. The latter two are the largest, with circulations over 150,000.
Corriere Canadese is an Italian-language daily newspaper, published in Toronto and distributed to major Canadian cities. Other weekly papers include Salam Toronto, a Persian-English bilingual publication; Shahrvand, the largest Persian language newspaper in North America; Thamilar Senthamarai, a Tamil-language paper; and two publications for the city’s Jewish population, The Jewish Tribune and Canadian Jewish News.
Toronto has several weekly arts-and-culture focused alternative weekly papers, the two most popular being Now and The Grid (formerly Eye Weekly).
They can be picked up in cafes, stores, restaurants, movie theatres and on the street. These papers are a great source of information about what’s happening in the city at any given time.
They both provide in-depth coverage on music, film, theatre and culture, as well as municipal issues often overlooked by the larger city newspapers.