The paywell trend has begun to spill north of the border. Harold Munro, editor-in-chief of the Vancouver Sun, this week announced that his newspaper would erect a paywall similar to America's New York Times and London's Guardian.
According to Harold, print subscribers will receive unlimited access to all digital content, including the website and mobile apps. Non-print subscribers will now have to pay for unlimited digital content, however.
Readers can enjoy up to 15 free articles per month after which the paywall blocks further access. A digital access subscription will cost $8 per month.
"This new 'metered' system will help generate revenue to invest in the insightful, award-winning print and digital journalism expected from the biggest and best news team in Western Canada," writes Harold. "We remain committed to investigative reporting and working to ensure transparency from governments and public agencies."
The Vancouver Sun gets 1.7 million unique visitors to its website. Across all digital platforms, the newspaper generates 43 million pageviews per month.