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.
- COVID-19 Resources for Canadian Businesses
- Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers (additional details available here)
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (announced March 25, updated April 15 to expand eligibility and provide additional support to essential workers)
- COVID-19 Webinar: Get Financing and Support for Your Business
- COVID-19 Business Support Matching Tool
- Support for Albertans and Employers
- Support for Alberta Families and the Economy
- Relaunch Support for Alberta Businesses: Biz Connect (announced May 11)
- The Government of Alberta is committing up to $200 million in funding for businesses and non-profits to access up to $5,000 to offset a portion of their relaunch costs. These funds can be put towards implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, rent, employee wages, or replacement of inventory (announced June 5)
- In order to address shortfalls in the current Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program, the Government of Alberta has also promised further measures to protect tenants from being evicted or facing rent increases (announced June 5)
Input on measures to off-set impacts on arts sector of COVID-19 (survey results – Canada Council for the Arts)
Support for Authors
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).
Grants and Funding Updates
- Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations (announced May 8)
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)
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.
- Distribution, Printing, and Wholesale
- Canadian Retailers Offering Curbside Pickup and Delivery (Google Doc)
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:
- Audreys Books will be offering delivery throughout the Greater Edmonton Area, at a rate of $5 up to a $50 spend, and free for orders over $50. They are also offering curbside pickup along with their delivery options.
- Blue Lamp Books is opening Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 12 – 5 by appointment only.
- Comic King is now open to the public.
- Drawn to Books, a non-profit organization based in Edmonton, is providing daily tips for parents and children trying to get through the COVID-19 pandemic through Facebook and Instagram. They do not have a physical location, but hold regular comic fairs at schools in the Edmonton area, as well as Youth Comic Creator Camps (upcoming school events have been cancelled due to the school closures, but registration for summer 2020 Creator Camps are currently open)
- Glass Bookshop is offering free delivery within the Edmonton area with no minimum spend.
- Hyperspace Comics and Games is now open to the public.
- The Comic Shop is now open to the public.
- Variant Edition is offering curbside pickup, local delivery, and mail-out. Their physical location is now open to the public with increased safety measures.
- Warp 1 Comics and Games and Warp 2 Comics and Games are now open to the public.
- We Have Issues Collectables LTD is now open to the public during regular operating hours.
- Wonderland Games/Happy Harbor Comics is now open to the public with reduced hours of operation.
- 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.
- Nerdvana in Fort McMurray is offering curbside pickup.
- Strange Ideas Comics and Collectibles in Grand Prairie is now open to the public with reduced hours of operation.
- Rock City Comics in Rocky Mountain House is now open to the public with reduced hours of operation.
- Three Hills Books is now open to the public. They will continue to offer online ordering and curbside pickup.
- Comic Readers in Medicine Hat is now open to the public.