Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 16, 2009 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Wilfrid Laurier University Press and the Association of Canadian Publishers

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced three investments in Wilfrid Laurier University Press and the Association of Canadian Publishers. These investments will support the ongoing production and promotion of Canadian-authored books, an industry-wide project to increase the visibility of Canadian titles in the online marketplace, and an 18-week full-time internship.

"Our Government is proud to have renewed its investment in the Canadian book industry for the next five years," said Minister Moore. "The funding we are announcing today for Wilfrid Laurier University Press and the Association of Canadian Publishers is a good example of the sound and significant investment in Canadian content we are making throughout the country."

"Funding from the Government of Canada is essential to Canadian publishers, helping to enable their participation in the digital revolution while at the same time to continue to produce the highest-quality books for Canadian and international audiences from Canadian writers in a market dominated by imported books," said Brian Henderson, Director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press. "These contributions will allow us to enhance the availability of Canadian scholarship not only within institutions of higher learning around the world, but also to interested readers in general."

"Funding for our digital initiative will aid us in optimizing a process to make e-books by a wide range of Canadian authors accessible worldwide," said Rodger Touchie, President of the Association of Canadian Publishers. "We greatly appreciate the foresight of the Minister in recognizing the potential benefits of the project. This is the beginning of a win-win relationship that will benefit Canada's economy as we generate new markets and new revenues both at home and abroad."

The three investments announced today are provided through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/padie-bpidp/index-eng.cfm) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Wilfrid Laurier University Press is receiving $76,714 from the Aid to Publishers (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/padie-bpidp/dem-app/atp/atp-eng.cfm) component to support its production and promotion of Canadian-authored books, and $13,948 from the Supply Chain Initiative (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/padie-bpidp/dem-app/sci/index-eng.cfm) to support the internship. The Association of Canadian Publishers is receiving $109,906 from the Supply Chain Initiative for the industry-wide online marketing project.

The Government of Canada recently renewed the $39.5 million invested annually by BPIDP in Canadian books for five years. This will help to maintain thousands of jobs, while ensuring that readers everywhere continue to have access to talented Canadian authors and their works. It will also ensure support for about 30 internships in the book publishing industry every year. As part of this renewal, BPIDP will be renamed the Canada Book Fund (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/flc-cbf/index-eng.cfm) to reflect the evolution of its role from being the supporter of a developing industry to strengthening a mature industry that brings Canadian books to readers everywhere.

For more information on the Book Publishing Industry Development Program, visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/pgm/padie-bpidp/index-eng.cfm.

For more information on the Canada Book Fund, visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/book

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca