Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 27, 2009 12:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the 2009 Word on the Street National Book and Magazine Festival

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2009) - Books and magazines can open the door to an escape into fiction, or provide the gateway to a world of information. All Canadians need reading in their lives: to learn, to flourish, and to dream. From childhood on, reading is central not only to our education and our work, but also to our enjoyment. In addition to being consumers of the written word, many Canadians are also involved in the production process. Writers, publishers, illustrators, graphic designers, and distributors help turn the wheels of Canada's publishing industry.

Our Government believes in the importance of a healthy publishing industry. That is why we offer a variety of programs that help make this industry even more dynamic. These include the Canada Book Fund (formerly the Book Publishing Industry Development Program), which aims to increase access to works by Canadian authors. The Canada Magazine Fund's Support for Industry Development is designed to encourage collective growth and efficiency in the Canadian periodical publishing industry by investing in projects that contribute to the long-term viability of the Canadian magazine and periodical industry. These programs allow us to support activities such as Word on the Street.

Every year in communities across Canada, the Word on the Street festival celebrates literacy and the written word. What a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to meet authors, attend workshops, and browse for new books and magazines.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to thank all those Canadians who make this book and magazine festival a success. You help bring books and magazines into Canadian homes, and you play a key role as advocates for literacy in this country.

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