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

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

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

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

Publishing Perspectives: Coronavirus Industry Resource Lists

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

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

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

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)

Bookstore Closures

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

Amazon has announced that they will be prioritizing orders of medical supplies and other essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other orders, including book sales, may be delayed or cancelled. PubWest sent a letter to Jeff Bezos on March 30, 2020 in response to this news, requesting a moratorium on certain fees to support the publishing industry.

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, while some are still restricting their sales to online orders and curbside or delivery options. The following list outlines the buying options being offered by independent bookstores throughout Alberta:

Edmonton Zone

Calgary Zone

  • Another Dimension Comics is now open to the public during regular operating hours.
  • Cafe Books in Canmore will still be answering the phone and taking online orders.
  • Comic-Kazi is now open to the public during regular operating hours.
  • Owl’s Nest Books is now open to the public during regular operating hours. They will continue offering free delivery and curbside pickup for local orders.
  • Pages on Kensington is now open to public browsing. They’ll continue to offer curbside pickup and free delivery to the Calgary area until further notice.
  • Phoenix Comics NW is now open to the public.
  • Redd Skull Comics is now open to the public.
  • Shelf Life Books is open for browsing by appointment from Monday to Sunday 11 – 5. Curbside pick-up and delivery are on-going.
  • The Next Page is offering free delivery.
  • Treasure Cove Comics and Collectables in Airdrie is now open to the public with reduced hours of operation.
  • Words & Pictures is now open to the public with reduced hours of operation.

North Zone

Central Zone

South Zone