Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 03, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invest in Alberta Magazine Publishers Association

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), today announced funding for the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, a non-profit organization of magazine publishers working in Alberta.

With this investment of $156,000 from the Government of Canada, the Association will be better able to collectively market and promote Alberta's magazines, while providing additional training and networking opportunities for members of the industry.

"A strong magazine sector contributes to our economy and allows Canadian stories, opinions, and perspectives to be shared," said Minister Moore. "This is why we need initiatives like those organized throughout the year by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association."

"By working collectively through their Association, Alberta magazine publishers are able to strengthen the industry as a whole," said Mr. Richardson. "Their various projects-such as the Alberta Magazines Conference, Pros on the Road, and their internship and bursary programs-help promote Alberta's magazines and ensure that members of the industry stay up to date and innovative."

"Funding from Canadian Heritage helps AMPA to effectively develop and sustain the Alberta magazine publishing industry by providing resource support, professional development, and community outreach," said Colleen Seto, Executive Director of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. "The funding is particularly critical at this time, when advertising revenues for Alberta magazines have been acutely affected by the recent economic downturn, threatening the viability of many publications."

This funding has been provided through the Support for Industry Development (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/fcm-cmf/adi-sid/index-eng.cfm) component of the Canada Magazine Fund.(http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/fcm-cmf/index-eng.cfm) In February 2009, the Government announced that it would maintain its support for Canadian magazines through the creation of the Canada Periodical Fund (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pc-ch/infoCNtr/cdm-mc/index-eng.cfm?action=doc&DocIDCd=CJM082334), a modern, streamlined program that will replace the Canada Magazine Fund and the Publications Assistance Program. This new fund, which will be launched in 2010-2011, will allow us to continue investing in organizations like the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association to increase the overall health of the Canadian magazine and non-daily newspaper industries.

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