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“Uniting the Pontiac” is the mission of the Pontiac Journal, an independent newspaper that has, since 1987, delivered bilingual news to every home, farm and business in the MRC Pontiac and the Municipality of Pontiac in West Quebec.

For the past 30 years, every second week, Canada Post has delivered 9,400 copies of the Journal to the 26 communities located along the Ottawa River, west of Gatineau. The Journal reports on the stories and issues that affect people living in these communities, in a positive and stimulating way.

The Journal is the only local newspaper that has both French and English editors. This unique coverage of our two linguistic communities gives readers award-winning editorials and columns, pertinent letters to the editor, and pages of interesting news stories. As well, each issue has special advertising features from local businesses to keep readers informed about what is available within their communities and those nearby.

Combase, a national survey specializing in community newspapers, determined that the Pontiac Journal is the best-read newspaper by both French and English populations here—it is read more than any other weekly or city-based daily! Over 71% of local households read the Journal compared to only 37% for the closest competitor.

The Pontiac Journal is a member of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association, the Canadian Community Newspaper Association, the Canadian Media Circulation Audit and the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce. The growth and success of local business is at the heart of the Journal’s existence.

The Journal is affiliated with two other community newspapers: the Bulletin d’Aylmer, distributed in the Aylmer sector of the Ville de Gatineau and the West Quebec Post, distributed throughout the Gatineau Hills (Wakefield and Chelsea) as well as the Buckingham sector of the Ville de Gatineau and central Gatineau. Together, these three newspapers give extended coverage across rural and urban Outaouais—a monthly colour supplement, inserted in all three papers, increases distribution to over 40,000 copies.

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