Newspaper paywalls across Canada

This week the Toronto Star became the last of the four major daily newspapers in Toronto to erect a paywall. How does it stack up with the rest of the country's newspapers?

As the Toronto Star starts its digital subscription service, here's a look at newspaper paywalls around the country

Mouse over the bars to see the newspapers and their monthly cost.

The cost of the Western Star (Corner Brook) is based on the three month subscription rate. The cost of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is based on a yearly subscription rate.

This week the Toronto Star became the last of the four major daily newspapers in the city to erect a paywall.

How does the Star's digital access prices stack up with the rest of Canada's newspapers? Hover over the graph above to see a price comparison.

"This is a new, paid digital subscription program that gives you full access to all of the high-quality content on our website, our mobile website, and our tablet and smartphone apps," said Star publisher John Cruickshank.

"By subscribing, you'll also help support our ability to continue providing you with high-quality news, information, investigative features, analysis and digital innovation."

The Star joins the majority of other print publications in the country with paid digital subscriptions. Some are skeptical that newspaper paywalls can be successful.

"They spent 20 years putting out a free website that people have gotten used to, that all of sudden now they want to charge about $10 a month [to access]," said CBC Radio's Metro Morning technology columnist Jesse Hirsh. "I think the audience of people who grew up on that free Toronto Star website are going to either be happy with those 10 free articles per month, or find other sources."

The San Francisco Chronicle announced on Wednesday it will be dropping its paywall and returning to free content.