August 1, 2017

2017 Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance

Summary of Recommendations

1. Increase the Canada Book Fund from its current level of $39.1 million per year to $54 million to maintain competitive capacity in Canadian publishing, enhance export activity, and encourage continued innovation in the sector. We recommend that these funds continue to support the activity of Canadian-owned and -controlled publishing firms.

2. Maintain the Budget 2016 commitment to increase the Canada Council’s annual budget to $360 million by 2020-21.

3. Ensure that reading and literacy programs for new Canadians, Indigenous communities, at-risk youth, and others are well supported and maintained where they already exist, and established where they do not.