Canadians Won’t Tolerate Pay Walls For Information

Vancouver/Toronto/Fraser Valley – Let’s be clear, FVN Fraser Valley News does NOT have a pay wall nor a limit to how many articles you can read/view for free.

That is not a concept we believe in. Yes we sell advertisements to pay our bills.

What we have discovered since the inception of FVN in 2015 (after almost 40 years of a radio background) is that news and information on social media is here to stay. In a recent poll from Research Co., only 13% of Canadians say they get news and information from a hard copy of a local newspaper on a daily basis, and fewer access a hard copy of a national paper (9%) or a hard copy of a magazine (5%).

(How many times have YOU put the flyers in the blue bin without looking.)

Our job is to present the best news magazine and information portal for the 320,000 that live work and play in the Fraser Valley. Media from Vancouver, across Canada and the US, Europe and Australia also follow FVN. A few ex-pats from the Valley have carried the message.

FVN is also on Patreon, as we are part of the crowd funding site to encourage independent media and artists make a living. You can make a pledge , as low as $5 a month, to provide young journalists, especially in high school and college, a professional site to learn the craft.

Information on FVN on Patreon can be found here.

Canadians have not embraced the concept of paying for news and information online, a new Research Co. poll has found.

Author Mario Canseco notes: In the online survey of a representative national sample, only 9% of Canadians say they are currently paying subscribers of at least one online news source that they find interesting—a proportion that rises to 14% among those aged 18-to-34.

Three-in-ten Canadians (31%) say they stop going to an online news source if there’s a limit on free articles and/or a paywall—including 39% of those aged 35-to-54.

“Content is increasingly moving online, but almost half of Canadians (47%) are not paying for any of it right now,” says Mario Canseco, President at Research Co. “Those over the age of 55 are more likely to say they do not visit any news sources that charge for online access (56%) than those aged 18-to-34 (41%) and those aged 35-to-54 (41%).”

More than half of Ontarians (52%) say they do not visit any news sources that charge for online access. The proportion of non-subscribers drops to 49% in British Columbia, 47% in Alberta, 46% in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 44% in Atlantic Canada and 36% in Quebec.

Only 13% of Canadians say they get news and information from a hard copy of a local newspaper on a daily basis, and fewer access a hard copy of a national paper (9%) or a hard copy of a magazine (5%).

For more on these findings from Mario Canseco and Research Co., click here.

For a full breakdown on the poll numbers click here.

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