Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 22, 2009 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Renews Investments in Canadian Books With an Emphasis on Digital Technologies

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament (Levis-Bellechasse), today announced the renewal of funding for the Canadian book industry totalling $39.5 million per year over the next five years. This investment will help publishers and other book-industry stakeholders weather the current economic slowdown.

"Today's announcement means that the recession will not reduce government funding for the production and promotion of Canadian books," said Minister Moore. "This will help maintain thousands of jobs, while ensuring that readers everywhere continue to have access to a variety of Canadian-authored books."

"Our Government is proud to support the Canadian book industry for the next five years. This renewed investment reinforces the Government's commitment to support writers and publishers throughout Quebec," said Mr. Blaney.

Electronic media present new ways for Canadians to buy, read, and learn about Canadian books. This funding will help ensure that the book industry is able to keep pace with the digital publishing world as it evolves. It will enable Canadian publishers to adopt more competitive business models, use more efficient distribution processes, and publish more Canadian books in the formats that Canadians demand.

"The Association nationale des editeurs de livres would like to thank the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support of our publishing activities, as your announcement today once again demonstrates," said Gilles Herman, Vice-President (Literary Publishing Section), Association nationale des editeurs de livres.

This investment is currently managed through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/padie-bpidp/index-eng.cfm). The Government of Canada is building on the success of the existing program and shifting its role from being the supporter of a developing industry to reinforcing a mature industry that brings Canadian books to readers everywhere.

To reflect this evolution, the BPIDP will be renamed the Canada Book Fund (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/flc-cbf/index-eng.cfm). The government will also streamline program delivery to reduce administrative burden and costs for applicants.

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


BACKGROUNDER

The Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP), established in 1979, is currently the government's principal funding mechanism for Canadian books. Last year alone, the BPIDP invested in more than 200 book publishers and publishing organizations and helped them with the production and promotion of more than 5500 Canadian-authored books. This generated almost $450 million in sales, including $100 million in exports to more than 100 markets.

With today's announcement, federal funding devoted to this program will be maintained at $39.5 million annually for the next five years, extending the $9 million in supplemental funding that was scheduled to sunset at the end of this fiscal year to 2014-2015.

This is in addition to the $31.1 million provided annually for Canadian books by other Government of Canada organizations, such as the Canada Council for the Arts and the Public Lending Right Commission.

Renewed direction with an emphasis on digital technologies

The renewed program will build on past successes to help Canadians access a wide variety of Canadian-authored books in the most effective way possible. More specifically, it will:

- provide publishers with the long-term financial stability they need to take risks and experiment with digital technologies;

- encourage the transition to new business models and the production of books in alternative formats, such as e-books; and

- continue support for collective marketing activities, internships, and professional development projects related to new technologies and emerging formats.

Renewed program structure

The program structure will be streamlined to reduce administrative burden for applicants. The current four components will be regrouped into two funding streams tailored to the program's two eligible recipient groups:

1. Support for Publishers

Domestic and export formula funding support to publishers, as well as funding for business planning and internships

2. Support for Organizations

Funding for marketing, technology, industry research, professional development, business planning, internships, and international marketing assistance

Implementation

The above-mentioned changes will take effect on April 1, 2010. To reflect the evolution of the program since its creation, it will, at the same time, be renamed the Canada Book Fund.

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

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