Canada's Community Newspapers
The Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) is the national voice of the community press in Canada. It is a trade association representing the interests of its members i.e. commmunity newspapers in Canada.
A federation of seven regional newspaper associations, CCNA was founded in 1919 as the Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association (CWNA). The creation of the CWNA was an expansion of the role weekly newspapers had in forming the Canadian Press Association, which received its charter in 1859. Organization of separate associations to govern the affairs of the daily, weekly, and magazine publishing industries was seen as a more efficient means to serve each segment of the print industry.
Today, CCNA celebrates more than 80 years of representing the community press in Canada. The seven regional associations that compose the CCNA are: