Trust in “most news most of the time” among Canadians this year has reached an all-time low in the country’s 7-year participation in the Digital News Report study. At 42%, it amounts to a 3 percentage point drop since 2021 and a 13 point drop since 2016.
Meanwhile, Canadians are also increasingly avoiding news: 71% of respondents say they have actively avoided news in recent days, up 13 points from 2019 data (58%).
Yet, not all is bleak for Canadian news media, as more and more people are willing to pay for online news.
These findings and many others can be found in our 2022 overview of the Digital News Report‘s Canadian results. The Centre d’études sur les médias is the Canadian partner of this study—an annual survey led by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and conducted this year in 46 international markets throughout the months of January and February.
The DNR 2022 Overview continues its annual look at news consumers’ habits and perceptions. Beyond that, it also addresses this year topics such as the Canadians’ perception of news organizations’ independence from external pressures, as well as news audiences’ online privacy concerns or their interest in various news topics.
A French version of this document is also available on our website.
Throughout the year, the CEM will be publishing thematic instalments on various topics studied in this survey. The first one, about online news consumption habits, is available in French and in English.