COVID-19 Resources

The BPAA is committed to making sure that our members and supporters are as informed as possible about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our province, our publishing community, and the larger book world. As we move through the relaunch strategy, the BPAA will continue to update this page with current information and new resources that will assist our community through the recovery process.

These pages are updated as new information comes out.

Canadian Government COVID-19 Response

Alberta Government: COVID-19 info for Albertans

Global Public Affairs: Canadian Relief/Stimulus Measures

Grants and Funding Updates

Canadian Heritage: Information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19

Canada Council for the Arts COVID-19 Information Page

Standing Committee on Finance: Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Testimony from Kate Edwards, Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Publishers at 17:06)

Rozsa Foundation COVID-19 Funding

  • In response to the current pandemic and its devastating impact on the local arts community, the Rozsa Foundation is introducing two new granting programs, providing $400,000 of additional investment into the arts sector. These one-time programs are intended to both alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures facing arts organizations, while also enabling them to be forward-looking, seeking opportunities to use digital technologies to deliver programming to audiences and using the arts to address specific community needs at this critical time. On May 11, Calgary Arts Development announced that they would add additional funding support to these programs, bringing the total funding allocation available to $750,000.

Additional Publishing Resources and Information

Input on measures to off-set impacts on arts sector of COVID-19 (survey results – Canada Council for the Arts)

Publishers Weekly: COVID-19 Impact Listing: Cancellations, Closings, Policy Changes, and More

Publishing Perspectives: Coronavirus Industry Resource Lists

ZG Communications: Free Resources for Publishers and Authors: ZG Stories

Virtual Events 

CBC Books: Canadian writers move book launches, readings and festivals online

Quill & Quire: Virtual-event listings for the Canadian kidlit community during the COVID-19 crisis

Support for Authors


CBC Creative Relief Fund

Writers’ Guild of Alberta: COVID-19 Information Page

Calgary Arts Development: Short-Term Relief Funding (Applications have now closed for individual Artists & Cultural Workers, but may re-open pending available funds. Sign up on the website to be notified).

Edmonton Arts Council: COVID-19 FAQs and Updates

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Bookstore Closures

Chapters Indigo has reopened the majority of its stores across Canada with new safety protocols in place.

Barnes and Noble has reopened almost all of their stores to the public with safety precautions in place for our customers and booksellers.

Ontario Book Publishers Association Resources

These resources are updated constantly, and can be added to by anyone with the link.

Nationwide Resources

Alberta Independent Bookstore Information

On March 27, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that retail stores that offer only non-essential goods or services would be prohibited from allowing public access into their businesses until further notice. On May 14th, Alberta entered into Stage 1 of its relaunch strategy which allowed some businesses, including bookstores, to resume operations with enhanced infection prevention and controls in place.

Many of the bookstores throughout Alberta have now reopened to the public, although some are still operating at reduced hours. The following list outlines the bookstores which have not reopened their physical stores, including the alternative buying options being offered by these locations:

Edmonton Zone