Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 30, 2009 12:12 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Canadian Plains Research Center

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament (Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre), today announced funding for the Canadian Plains Research Center to support publications aimed at improving the understanding and appreciation of the Canadian Plains region, its people and its resources.

"It is through organizations like the Canadian Plains Research Center that we see the study of our diverse culture flourish," said Minister Moore. "I am proud to say that our Government has a hand in ensuring that organizations like this can continue their valuable work as publishers, preserving Canadian culture for years to come."

"This funding shows how much our Government values Canadian publishers, such as the Canadian Plains Research Center," said Mr. Lukiwski. "Institutions like this will ensure that the history and culture of our great province can be enjoyed for generations to come."

The Canadian Plains Research Center at the University of Regina is home to Saskatchewan's only university press. Established in 1973, the Press has published over 150 titles. Specializing in publishing scholarly manuscripts that examine various aspects of life in Canada's prairie region, the Press also publishes non-fiction trade titles pertaining to the Prairies.

"The support of the Book Publishing Industry Development Program is essential to the survival of smaller Canadian publishers such as the Canadian Plains Research Center at the University of Regina," said Brian Mlazgar, Publications Manager at the Canadian Plains Research Center. "It is one of the most successful and well-designed government initiatives and is a crucial component of the overall success of the publishing industry in Canada."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $35,559 under the Aid to Publishers component of the Book Publishing Industry Development Program. The ongoing production and promotion of Canadian-authored books is supported through financial assistance to Canadian-owned and -controlled publishers. As part of its renewal, this program has been streamlined and renamed the Canada Book Fund to reflect the evolution of its role. Rather than supporting a developing industry, it will reinforce a now mature industry that brings Canadian books to readers everywhere. Next year's contributions will be provided through the Canada Book Fund.

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

For more information on the Canada Book Fund, visit http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/pgm/flc-cbf/index-eng.cfm.

(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
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