Industry News

The Canada Council for the Arts Governor General’s Literary Awards releases the list of finalists in seven categories for both official languages and for readers of all ages. Congratulations to Freehand Books and Frontenac House for their nominations in nonfiction (Homes: A Refugee Story) and poetry (This Wound is A World). Best of luck when

USMCA Maintains Cultural Industry Exemption

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) congratulates the Government of Canada on this week’s announcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). After more than a year of negotiations, the agreement maintains the cultural exception first established in the 1988 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, and continued under the North American Free Trade

The Literary Landscape of Western Canada (Catalogue)

Canada has been declared the Guest of Honour country for the Frankfurter Buchemasse in 2020, and Canadian publishers are excited for this opportunity to showcase their books to the world. To introduce the Western Canadian book market the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) and Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC) have created

I Value Canadian Stories

The I Value Canadian Stories initiative includes a new video series featuring Canadian creators discussing their work, why they love it and also sharing how 2012 changes to the Copyright Act have significantly impacted creator incomes, and their ability to continue creating Canadian content. Watch all the videos on the I Value Canadian Stories YouTube

Alberta Culture Announces Funding Increase for Alberta Book Publishers

Alberta’s book-publishing industry is getting a boost as part of the government’s ongoing commitment to preserve the province’s culture, help create jobs and diversify the economy. The province has committed $300,000 per year over the next four years to support Alberta book publishers. The funding is from the Capital Investment Tax Credit, which helps stimulate

2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Winners

Calgary – The Book Publishers Association of Alberta 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Winners. The winners represent the most outstanding work of the Alberta book publishing industry as adjudicated by experts and publishing professionals from across Canada. At this year’s awards gala, hosted at the Hotel Arts in Calgary, the industry honoured Douglas Barbour of

Laksa Media Shortlisted for Sunburst Speculative Fiction Prize

The shortlists for the 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in adult, YA, and short-story fiction have been announced. BPAA member Laksa Media is nominated twice for Short-Story Fiction; Ÿ “The Beautiful Gears of Dying,” The Sum of Us, Sandra Kasturi (Laksa Media) Ÿ “Meridian,” Where the Stars Rise, Karin Lowachee

ACP Issues statement on litigation between K-12 sector and Access Copyright

TORONTO, ONTARIO—(July 23, 2018)—The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) notes that Access Copyright has served and filed its Statement of Defence and Counterclaim in the legal action initiated by Ontario school boards and the Ministries of Education for all provinces and territories except Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Together those plaintiffs are seeking to recover

Pay your copying bill, or pay a much bigger bill

[A]fter the last Copyright Act change in 2012, schools, colleges, and universities in Canada unilaterally decided this particular kind of fairness no longer applied to them. Instead, they take hundreds of millions of copies per year for free, claiming it is a “fair dealing” under the new law. It’s not fair. That’s been proven in

Time to get back to the bargaining table on copyright issues

Canada’s authors and publishers—represented by Access Copyright—are ready and willing to negotiate. And if negotiations fail, we will respect the decisions of the Copyright Board. Read the full text of Glenn Rollans op-ed on copyright issues.