Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 19, 2010 11:30 ET

The Government of Canada Invests in the Canadian Plains Research Center

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament (Regina–Lumsden–Lake Centre), today announced funding for the Canadian Plains Research Center.

Founded in 1973, the Canadian Plains Research Center has a mandate to encourage, support, and publish scholarly research on all aspects of life in the prairie region, including its history, resources, land, and people. Among the Center's publications are the Saskatchewan Lives series and the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan.

"Our Government is proud to support Canadian book publishers," said Minister Moore. "These investments make sense economically, as they help businesses develop and grow, but more importantly they ensure that a wide variety of Canadian stories and voices continue to be heard."

"The Prairies are rich in history and in stories," said Mr. Lukiwski. "Our government's support of the Canadian Plains Research Center ensures that scholars and researchers can share those riches with Canada and the world."

"The Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, is home to Saskatchewan's only university press. Support from the Canada Book Fund allows the Canadian Plains Research Center to enhance the scope of its publishing program, helping it realize its goal of disseminating scholarly knowledge about the Canadian Plains region," explained Brian Mlazgar, Publications Manager, CPRC Press. "The importance of the Canada Book Fund to small and medium-sized presses cannot be overstated."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $53,460.00 to the Canadian Plains Research Center under the Support for Publishers funding stream of 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. The fund seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a viable Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.

Funding is organized under two streams: Support for Publishers, which brings together all funding opportunities for book publishers, and Support for Organizations, which brings together all funding opportunities for non-publisher organizations operating in the book industry. 

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations