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eBOUND Canada

Launched in March 2009 as Canadian Publishers Digital Services (CPDS), the digital arm of the ACP, eBOUND Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing Canadian publishers' engagement in the digital marketplace regardless of their size or level of expertise. Its growing number of programs includes ebook distribution, digital asset management, conversion services, and professional development. For more information, visit

National Reading Campaign

The ACP is a leading partner in the National Reading Campaign, which is leading the development of an action plan to deliver a reading strategy for all Canadians. We believe that a concerted, deliberate and action-oriented approach to stimulating best practices and proposing effective public policy is necessary to achieving a reading society in Canada.  The benefits are clear: reading contributes to our sense of self, our cultural awareness, our capacity for self-expression and, ultimately, our notions of engaged citizenship and the collective good.  Reading allows us to communicate, consume media and perform the activities of daily life, including our jobs in an ever-changing workplace.

Through a series of three National Reading Summits, it is our objective to create the conditions and the policy framework necessary to build a reading society in Canada.  The first Summit was held in Toronto in 2009, the second was held in Montreal in 2011, and the third took place in Vancouver in May 2012. 

For more information about the National Reading Campaign,  visit

The 49th Shelf
The 49th Shelf is an online discovery and discussion platform for Canadian books. Enabled by broad industry investments in bibliographic data systems and invigorated through active curation and community participation, The 49th Shelf's purposes are: (1) to increase the discoverability of Canadian-authored books, and (2) to create an authoritative web resource that can serve as a foundation for a range of collective marketing activities for Canadian books. The project is an innovative, digitally-based marketing tool that addresses all these challenges and provides new ways of reaching print and e-book readers both in Canada and around the world.

The 49th Shelf is now public. Join us at

BNC Buying Groups

Member publishers are able to subscribe to BNC SalesData and BNC CataList through buying groups administered by the ACP. To learn more about this program, contact Inna Shepelska at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information about SalesData and CataList, visit BookNet Canada’s website.

Writers' Coalition Benefits Program

The ACP is a member of the Writers' Coalition Program, which offers members and their families access to affordable health and dental coverage. Members are also offered access to home and auto insurance at lower than market rates. Any staff member employed by an ACP member firm is eligible to enroll.

Actra Fraternal Benefit Society is the underwriter of the new health and dental insurance plan that offers lower rates than those charged by commercial insurance companies for comparable coverage. AFBS is a not-for-profit insurance company currently providing insurance benefits for over 15,000 Writers' Guild and ACTRA members. Because AFBS is not-for-profit, there is no profit margin built into the premiums.

ACP members interested in enrolling in the benefits program should visit for more information.

Higher Education Conferences

Each year the ACP provides funding to publishers to attend international scholarly conferences in the US and Canada, which provide publishers with an opportunity to make contacts and promote Canadian books across the United States. Publishers regularly report interest in Canadian books and publishers from American scholars.

International Book Fairs

As a part of its international promotion of Canadian publishers, the ACP secretariat attends international book fairs, and provides support to Livres Canada Books in running the Canada stand. The ACP typically attends the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Membership Directory

The ACP directory includes a listing of all ACP members, along with contact information for each publisher. The directory is available here.
Mentorship Program

At the 1997 ACP AGM, several members noted the lack of people ready to assume leadership positions in Canadian publishing, while at the same time publishers expressed an interest in acquiring skills from their more experienced colleagues in the industry. 

These concerns resulted in the creation of the ACP Mentorship Program. One of the main goals of the program is to provide an opportunity for publishers to work in a focused and intensive way with a larger or more senior publisher on a specific aspect of their business. This program essentially aims to offer publishers of all sizes an opportunity to directly learn from each other.

Click here to download a mentorship brochure. The list of mentors is available for download here. Or, for more information please contact the ACP at 416-487-6116  or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professional Development Seminars

The ACP's professional development seminars aim to keep publishers abreast of current trends and developments in the industry. Through the PD seminars, the ACP works to assist members in developing and strengthening their business practices, so that they can improve their ability to successfully market and sell Canadian-authored books both within Canada and internationally.

The ACP holds several professional development seminars a year through this project. In a typical year, sessions on a wide range of topics are held, including trade publishing, educational publishing, children's publishing, digital publishing, supply chain, and copyright.

PD Subsidy Program 

Through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the ACP offers a subsidy to Canadian publishers to attend publishing workshops, seminars, conferences and courses related to book publishing. The ACP will accept applications until December 15, 2017 for programs taking place between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
Click here to download an application. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early to avoid disappointment.

For more information about this program, contact Inna Shepelska, Administrator, at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom
Launched in the spring of 2011, Top Grade is a program that enables ACP children's publishers to collectively promote their books to schools through the direct mailing of sample copies and other promotional pieces to library purchasers. The program is designed to highlight Canadian content, create support for Canadian publishers and, ultimately, create sales opportunities for publishers.

For more information about Top Grade, contact Emily Kellogg, Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .