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Ottawa Citizen
The February 1, 2016, front page of the Ottawa Citizen
(Sundays discontinued in mid-2012)
Owner(s)Postmedia Network
EditorNicole MacAdam
Founded1845; 179 years ago (1845) (as The Bytown Packet)
Political alignmentCentrist
Headquarters1101 Baxter Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K2C 3M4
Circulation93,277 weekdays
84,394 Saturdays (as of 2015)[1]

The Ottawa Citizen is an English-language daily newspaper owned by Postmedia Network in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


Former logo

Established as The Bytown Packet in 1845 by William Harris, it was renamed the Citizen in 1851. The newspaper's original motto, which has recently been returned to the editorial page, was Fair play and Day-Light.[2]

The paper has been through a number of owners. In 1846, Harris sold the paper to John Bell and Henry J. Friel. Robert Bell bought the paper in 1849. In 1877, Charles Herbert Mackintosh, the editor under Robert Bell, became publisher. In 1879, it became one of several papers owned by the Southam family.[3] It remained under Southam until the chain was purchased by Conrad Black's Hollinger Inc. In 2000, Black sold most of his Canadian holdings, including the flagship National Post to CanWest Global.

The editorial view of the Citizen has varied with its ownership, taking a reform, anti-Tory position under Harris and a conservative position under Bell. As part of Southam, it moved to the left, supporting the Liberals largely in opposition to the Progressive Conservative Party's support of free trade in the late 1980s. Under Black, it moved to the right and became a supporter of the Reform Party. In 2002, its publisher Russell Mills was dismissed following the publication of a story critical of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and an editorial calling for Chrétien's resignation.[4] It endorsed the Conservative Party of Canada in the 2006 federal election.[citation needed]

It published its last Sunday edition on July 15, 2012. The move cut 20 newsroom jobs, and was part of a series of changes made by Postmedia.[5]

The pre-2014 logo depicted the top of the Peace Tower of the city's Parliament Buildings. In 2014, the newspaper adopted a new logo showing the paper's name over an outline of the Peace Tower roof on a green background.


Like most Canadian daily newspapers, the Ottawa Citizen has seen a decline in circulation in recent years. Its total circulation dropped by 26 percent to 91,796 copies daily from 2009 to 2015.[6]

Daily average[7]




Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "2015 Daily Newspaper Circulation Spreadsheet (Excel)". News Media Canada. Retrieved December 16, 2017. Numbers are based on the total circulation (print plus digital editions).
  2. ^ Cobb, Chris (July 16, 1992). "Comedy of Errors". Ottawa Citizen. p. A2. Retrieved July 16, 2022 – via
  3. ^ Parry, David (April 9, 1977). "To buy dying paper he needed $4,000". Edmonton Journal. p. 105. Retrieved July 16, 2022 – via
  4. ^ "Fired publisher named Nieman Fellow Archived January 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine". Harvard Gazette. 2002.
  5. ^ [1] Archived June 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved December 16, 2017. Figures refer to the total circulation (print and digital combined) which includes paid and unpaid copies.
  8. ^ Boswell, Randy (January 23, 2019). "Remembering Peter Calamai: Journalist, Teacher and 'Advocate for Science, Literacy and Journalistic Professionalism' (1943-2019)". Carleton University. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  9. ^ Scanlan, Wayne (June 7, 1996). "There ain't nothing like an old-time sports writer". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. p. 15.
  10. ^ Chwialkowska, Luiza (May 24, 1998). "Eddie MacCabe: A glimpse it the city's soul". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. p. 7.
  11. ^ Brown, Dave (May 23, 1998). "Eddie MacCabe: A local legend lost". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. p. 27.; Brown, Dave (May 23, 1998). "MacCabe did it well or didn't bother with it at all". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. p. 28.