Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 09, 2010 10:32 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Saskatchewan Publishers Group

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), today announced funding of $46,375 for the Saskatchewan Publishers Group (SPG). With this funding, the organization will have the opportunity to diversify its activities and reinforce its members' capacities through three initiatives.

Funding of $5,625 will allow the SPG to hire an intern to participate in their activities. A further $10,750 will go toward two professional development activities in pursuit of a competitive, strategic, and informed book industry: the SPG Professional Development Clinic and the Tri-Province Forum. Both events will support capacity building for Saskatchewan publishers through focused information sharing, hands-on sessions, and networking opportunities. Finally, SPG's marketing and promotion initiatives will benefit from funding of $30,000 to support Saskatchewan book publishers and Canadian books.

"Organizations like the Saskatchewan Publishers Group are developing strategies to learn to face new challenges and promote a thriving book publishing industry. It is each and every reader in Saskatchewan, and across the country, that benefits from such initiatives," said Minister Moore. "Our Government continues to invest in the growth of Canadian publishers that have Canadians' interests and passions at heart."

"The Saskatchewan Publishers Group is recognized not only for the assistance they provide to book publishers, but also for the promotion of books from established and emerging publishers," said Mr. Boughen. "The contribution announced today helps the industry develop and grow, as well as ensures that a wide variety of our own stories and voices continue to be heard."

"We are very grateful for the opportunity to hire new and young people interested in book publishing in the province," said Brenda Niskala, Co-Executive Director, Saskatchewan Publishers Group. "The support for professional development is particularly appreciated in this time of change in the industry. The support that the Saskatchewan Publishers Group, as an association, is able to offer our members in promoting and marketing Saskatchewan titles is vital now, as the way Canadians buy books evolves. Thank you, Canada Book Fund."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Canada Book Fund (CBF). The principal objective of the CBF is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations