Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 22, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Pinecone Publishing

BOULTER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament (Prince Edward–Hastings), today announced funding for Pinecone Publishing, publishers of The Country Connection magazine.

The Country Connection features a mix of stories, original maps, photography, illustration, and art. Funding will help Pinecone Publishing upgrade its production and circulation software so it can deliver the magazine more efficiently. It will also help it attend the Ottawa Go Green Expo in March 2010 to introduce more readers to the magazine and improve its subscriber base.

"A strong magazine sector contributes to our economy and allows Canadian stories, opinions, and perspectives to be told and heard," said Minister Moore. "The Country Connection is just one example of a quality publication that contributes to the vitality of the Canadian magazine industry, showcasing Ontario both in Canada and abroad."

"I am proud that such a high-quality publishing business, producing top-notch Canadian content, is located right here in my riding," said Mr. Kramp. "Our Government is pleased to support the business development of Pinecone Publishing."

"Funding through the Government of Canada assures that small magazines like ours can remain vibrant in a competitive marketplace, enabling us to focus our attention on publishing better magazines with strong Canadian editorial content," said Gus Zylstra, Publisher of The Country Connection. "Staying current with industry standards and building readership through public exposure are critical components that we would otherwise not be able to accomplish without government support."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $7,880 through the Support for Business Development for Magazine Publishers ( component of the Canada Magazine Fund ( In February 2009, the Government announced that it would maintain its support for Canadian magazines through the creation of the Canada Periodical Fund (, 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 continue to invest in projects like this one to increase the overall health of the Canadian magazine and non-daily newspaper industries.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations