Government of Canada Invests in British Columbia PublishersVANCOUVER, October 30, 2009 -
- On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament (Edmonton-Spruce Grove), today announced investments totalling $2.35 million in British Columbia publishers. These investments will support the ongoing production and promotion of Canadian-authored books, industry-wide projects to increase the visibility of Canadian titles in the online marketplace, and internships in the publishing industry.
"Our Government is proud to have renewed its support for Canadian books for the next five years," said Minister Moore. "The funding we are announcing today for British Columbia publishers is a good example of the sound and significant investment in Canadian content we are committed to making throughout the country."
"Canadians want to have access to a wide variety of Canadian-authored books that reflect their voices and their interests," said Minister Ambrose. "Our Government is taking action to ensure that they will continue to be served by an innovative and competitive publishing industry, able to deliver Canadian content when, where, and how readers want it."
"In this economic climate, it would be easy-and possibly politically expedient-to reduce funding for publishing and other artistic endeavours," said Margaret Reynold, Executive Director of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia. "It is much to this government's credit that they have recognized not only the cultural importance of book publishing activity, but also its significant contribution to the economy."
"Given a variety of challenges that B.C.'s book publishers have faced this year, the recent arrival in our offices of the Government of Canada agreements and notice of the support funding they will provide is welcome news indeed," said Rodger Touchie, Publisher of Heritage House Publishing Company and President of the Association of Canadian Publishers. "This program is a critical component of our industry's economic viability, and the fact that Minister Moore recently confirmed the Government's ongoing commitment to ATP within the structure of the newly announced Canada Book Fund has been applauded by publishers across the country."
The investments announced today are provided through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP). As part of its renewal, BPIDP will be streamlined and renamed the Canada Book Fund to reflect the evolution of its role from being the supporter of a developing industry to reinforcing a mature industry that brings Canadian books to readers everywhere.
For more information on the Book Publishing Industry Development Program, visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/pgm/padie-bpidp/index-eng.cfm.
For more information on the Canada Book Fund, visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/book.
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
The following publishers are recipients of the funding announced today:
|Anvil Press Publishers Inc.||$9,172|
|Arsenal Pulp Press Ltd.||$99,603|
|Brindle & Glass Publishing Ltd.||$14,641|
|CCI Learning Solutions Inc.||$117,720|
|D&M Publishers Inc.||$342,936|
|Hancock House Publishers Ltd.||$75,039|
|Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.||$148,897|
|Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.||$91,589|
|International Self-Counsel Press Ltd.||$163,488|
|Morriss Publishing Ltd. (o/a Sono Nis Press)||$41,606|
|New Society Publishers Ltd.||$77,136|
|New Star Books Ltd.||$16,547|
|Nightwood Editions Ltd.||$11,023|
|Oolichan Books Inc.||$13,606|
|Orca Book Publishers Ltd.||$215,333|
|Rocky Mountain Books Ltd.||$79,472|
|Ronsdale Press Ltd.||$27,260|
|Simply Read Books Inc.||$37,574|
|Talon Books Ltd.||$60,258|
|The University of British Columbia Press||$139,278|
|Theytus Books Ltd.||$36,588|
|TouchWood Editions Ltd.||$59,256|
|Tradewind Books Ltd.||$21,542|
|Whitecap Books Ltd.||$317,057|
|Wood Lake Publishing Inc.||$74,441|
|Theytus Books Ltd.||$20,000|
|Rocky Mountain Books Ltd.||$19,096|
|Tradewind Books Ltd.||$7,280|
|Touchwood Editions Limited||$10,500|
|Talon Books Ltd.||$8,700|