Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 13, 2006 17:34 ET

Canada's New Government Ensures Delivery of Periodicals for All Canadians

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 13, 2006) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, today confirmed that Canada Post will maintain its $15 million contribution to support Canadian magazines and community newspapers through the Publications Assistance Program beyond April 1, 2007.

"Mine is a rural riding served by several community newspapers. I know how important these and other publications are to the life of our communities," said Minister Oda. "Government support for the delivery of magazines and newspapers has been a longstanding tradition in Canada, stretching back to 1849. The postal system is important to their distribution.

Working with her colleague Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Minister Oda said it was important to ensure that Canada Post continues to fund the Publications Assistance Program.

"Today, Canada's New Government directed Canada Post to continue its support of this program until 2009," said Minister Oda. "I am pleased to have been able to work productively with Minister Cannon on resolving this issue."

The Publications Assistance Program, administered by Canadian Heritage in cooperation with Canada Post Corporation, subsidizes mailing costs of over 1200 Canadian magazines and non-daily newspapers.

During the period of funding stability for Canadian periodical publishers resulting from this action, the Department of Canadian Heritage will examine its current periodical policies and programs to arrive at long-term solutions.

(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 Status of Women
    Chisholm Pothier
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101