Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 18, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Heritage House Publishing Company

NANOOSE BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, James Lunney, Member of Parliament (Nanaimo-Alberni), today announced funding for Heritage House Publishing Company.

Heritage House received this contribution to develop a customized business plan to upgrade their website and develop a marketing strategy. By supporting the publisher's access to expert technological advice, this funding will improve Heritage House's ability to use Web-based tools to promote its Canadian authors and to make their books available to readers everywhere.

"For 30 years, Heritage House Publishing has produced a range of books that profile our history, our lifestyle, and our people," said Minister Moore. "I am confident that the contribution from our Government will help to increase readership and support this exceptional Canadian company that has done so much to disseminate Canadian culture at home and abroad."

"Many stories have been brought to us through Heritage Publishing Company, covering topics such as the pioneers, Western Canada, and nature. I am pleased to see this federal investment facilitate expansion of a local business that will benefit local writers, residents, and visitors alike," said Dr. Lunney.

"The Book Publishing Industry Development Program is critical to the ongoing sustainability of a vibrant, Canadian-owned book publishing community, and this specific contribution will help Heritage House prepare for the challenges of the digital era, " said Rodger Touchie, President and Publisher of Heritage House Publishing Company. "In trying times, as we refine new ways to distribute the works of Canadian authors both online and through traditional book stores, the government's ongoing vision and fiscal support is more important than ever before."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $21,896 under the Supply Chain Initiative component of the Book Publishing Industry Development Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage seeks to increase the capacity of the Canadian-owned and -controlled sector of the industry to publish and market Canadian books domestically as well as internationally.

For more information on the Book Publishing Industry Development Program, visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations