Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 26, 2010 10:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the 2010 Word on the Street National Book and Magazine Festival

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2010) - Reading is essential not only to our education and our work, but also to our enjoyment. Books and magazines make it possible for readers to explore various themes and discover new worlds. Canada can be proud of being home to many talented writers who are eager to share their experiences and insights with readers, and their works provide us with access to diverse voices and stories that are an important part of our rich cultural heritage.

The annual Word on the Street Festival allows residents and visitors in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Toronto, and Halifax to celebrate literacy and the written word by taking part in author readings, presentations, and workshops, as well as discovering new Canadian books and magazines in the marketplace.

Our Government understands the contribution of arts and culture—including books—to our communities, our identity, and our economy. That is why we offer a variety of programs that help make the Canadian publishing industry even more dynamic. These include the Canada Book Fund, which aims to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books at home and abroad, and the Canada Periodical Fund, whose goal is to increase the overall health of the Canadian magazine and non-daily newspaper industries.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to thank everyone who has helped make the Word on the Street Festival a success. I applaud your efforts to encourage reading and bring books and magazines into Canadian homes.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    jean-luc.benoit@pch.gc.ca