Benefits of Membership

The BCYCNA exists to serve our member newspapers and to promote the community newspaper industry. Some of the benefits members enjoy are:

  • Participation in the annual Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards. This event recognizes the achievements of our members in all aspects of newspaper production.
  • Revenue opportunities through our community classifieds and BCY’D Display ad programs.
  • Automatic membership in News Media Canada (NMC), a federation of 7 regional associations, and a network of over 600 newspapers across Canada.
  • Automatic membership in the National News Media Council, giving members the advantage of having an arbitrator between the public and themselves in the event of a legal situation involving defamation and libel.
  • Credibility to the public and advertisers through access to the NMC’s Canadian Media Circulation Audit (CMCA)
  • Industry advancement. We help our members to continue publishing quality newspapers by hosting seminars on topics such as ad sales and newspaper design.
  • Free membership to
  • Government relations. The BCYCNA liaises with government representatives to improve the profile of our industry, and to address our interests with organizations like the Workers Compensation Board and Canada Post.
  • The BCYCNA is committed to keeping our members in-the-know on issues related to the community newspaper industry. For example, we recently compiled two practical handbooks for our members: the Employer’s Guide to Newspaper Carriers and other Contract Employees, and the Elections Advertising Booklet. Our blog keeps our membership on top of policies and events relating to the community newspaper industry in B.C. and the Yukon.

The BCYCNA constantly strives to come up with new initiatives and to change our focus according to member needs.


Membership Criteria

To qualify for membership in the BCYCNA, applicant newspapers must meet the following requirements:

  • Published in British Columbia or the Yukon.
  • Published at least 50 weeks per year.
  • Have been issued for at least one year.
  • Apply for and receive an audited circulation, or submit a Publisher’s Sworn Statement, within one year of being accepted as a member.
  • Give general newspaper service to a particular community, without being representative of a class or trade (except where it serves a distinct language group).
  • Conform to accepted newspaper practice in general appearance and production.
  • Publish the weekly BCYCNA Community Classifieds in full.
  • Sixty-five (65) per cent of a newspaper’s circulation/distribution shall be restricted to not more than three (3) BC and Yukon school districts.


The term “Newspaper” includes publications:

  • That have for their principal purpose the dissemination of local and/or telegraphic news and intelligence of a general character.
  • Whose front page must not be dominated by advertising.
  • That are produced as folded sheets with consecutive page numbers.
  • That have photographic illustrations that are reproduced with clarity.
  • That have a minimum of 30% editorial content. Editorial content includes local news and photographs as well as the following:
    • Public service (unpaid) listings of an event, activity, or attraction;
    • Business market quotations;
    • Comics, crosswords, and puzzles;
    • Horoscopes and television listings;
    • Letters to the editor;
    • Movie, theatre, and other reviews;
    • Sports scores; and
    • Weather forecasts.

The BCYCNA will not accept membership of publications with more than 45,000 paid circulation.

How to Apply for Membership

Simply click here to download a pdf of the BCYCNA membership application form, and complete it in full. Forward the form to the BCYCNA office with three copies of five recent editions of your newspaper.

Our mailing address is:

9 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V5Y 1P1

Your application will be reviewed by the General Manager and the membership committee of the Board of Directors. Please allow a turnaround time of one to two months. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact us at either
(604) 669-9222, 1-866-669-9222 (toll-free), or via email at


Our Member Papers

100 Mile House Free Press

Abbotsford News

Agassiz-Harrison Observer

Alaska Highway News

Alberni Valley News

Aldergrove Star

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal

Boundary Creek Times

Bowen Island Undercurrent

Bridge River / Lillooet News

Burnaby Now

Burns Lake / Lakes District News

Campbell River Mirror

Castlegar News

Chemainus Valley Courier

Cloverdale Reporter

Columbia Valley Pioneer

Coquitlam, Tri-City News

Courtenay / Comox Valley Record

Cranbrook Townsman

Creston Valley Advance

Dawson Creek Mirror

Delta Optimist

Duncan Cowichan Valley Citizen

Fernie Free Press

Fort Nelson News

Fort St. James Caledonia Courier

Gabriola Sounder

Golden Star

Goldstream News Gazette

Grand Forks Gazette

Haida Gwaii Observer

Hope Standard

Houston Today

Kamloops This Week

Kelowna Capital News

Keremeos, The Review

Kimberley Bulletin

Kitimat, Northern Sentinel

Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle

Lake Cowichan Gazette

Langley Advance Times

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News

Merritt Herald

Mission City Record

Nakusp, Arrow Lakes News

Nanaimo News Bulletin

Nelson Star

New Westminster Record

North Delta Reporter

North Shore News

North Thompson Star/Journal

North Thompson Times

Oak Bay News

Oliver/Osoyoos Times-Chronicle

Parksville/Qualicum Beach News

Peace Arch News, White Rock/South Surrey

Peachland View

Penticton Western News

Pique News Magazine

Port Hardy, North Island Gazette

Powell River Peak

Prince Rupert, The Northern View

Princeton, The Similkameen Spotlight

Quesnel, Cariboo Observer

Revelstoke Review

Richmond News

Rocky Mountain Goat

Rossland News

Saanich News

Salmon Arm Observer

Salmon Arm, Shuswap Market News

Salt Spring Island, Gulf Islands Driftwood

Sechelt / Gibsons Coast Reporter

Sicamous, Eagle Valley News

Sidney, Peninsula News Review

Smithers, Interior News

Sooke News Mirror

Squamish Chief

Summerland Review

Surrey Now-Leader

Terrace Standard

The Chilliwack Progress

The Prince George Citizen

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News

Trail Times

Vanderhoof, Omineca Express

Vernon, Morning Star

Victoria News

Whitehorse, Yukon News

Williams Lake Tribune

Winfield, Lake Country Calendar