Media Release: Canadian publishers urge action following conclusion of Parliamentary Review of the Copyright Act

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) urges the Government of Canada to move quickly following the October election to table legislation to clarify fair dealing for education. This call follows the tabling of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology’s Statutory Review of the Copyright Act in the House of Commons earlier this week.

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Media Release: ACP announces 2019 AGM honorees

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce that the late Dr. Gregory Younging, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, will be recognized with the President’s Award at the association’s upcoming AGM. ACP will also present Catherine Mitchell, consultant and ACP volunteer, with honorary lifetime membership in the association.

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ACP welcomes Heritage Committee recommendations on copyright reform

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) welcomes the release of Shifting Paradigms, prepared by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, which was tabled in the House of Commons yesterday. The report includes several recommendations that respond directly to issues raised by ACP over the course of the Committee’s study on Remuneration Models for Artists and Creative Industries, primarily in relation to educational copying and fair dealing.

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ACP releases study on diversity in the Canadian publishing industry

he Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) has released the results of its 2018 baseline survey measuring diversity in the English-language Canadian book publishing industry.

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) has released the results of its 2018 baseline survey measuring diversity in the English-language Canadian book publishing industry. The first survey of its kind conducted of the Canadian industry, the results were presented at BookNet Canada’s Tech Forum this afternoon, and the summary report is now available on ACP’s website.

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Remembering Greg Younging, 1961 – 2019

It was with deep sadness that members of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) learned of the death of Gregory Younging on May 3, 2019.

It was with deep sadness that members of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) learned of the death of Gregory Younging on May 3, 2019. A member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Greg was Publisher at Theytus Books—the first Indigenous-owned publishing house in Canada—where he previously served as Managing Editor from 1990 to 2004. He returned as Publisher in 2015. Greg is remembered for Theytus’ ground-breaking publishing program; his vital contributions to Indigenous writing, editing, and publishing; and his scholarship in copyright, intellectual property, Traditional Knowledge, and Oral Tradition.

Greg volunteered his time and expertise with numerous organizations, including ACP’s board of directors. He was a driving force behind the association’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, and advised the Professional Development Committee on a progressive series of seminars on topics in Indigenous publishing, programmed in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Greg did this work with generosity, good humour, patience, and persistence. His ACP colleagues knew him to be a trusted and knowledgeable advisor, and above all a great friend.

In addition to the books he published at Theytus, Greg’s influence is evident in the numerous books he edited or advised on for many Canadian publishers. His expertise is captured in his 2018 book, Elements of Indigenous Style, which has quickly become a leading resource on publishing works by and about Indigenous Peoples.

Greg earned an MA from the Institute of Canadian Studies (Carleton University), an MPub from the Canadian Centre for Studies in Writing and Publishing (Simon Fraser University), and a PhD in educational studies (University of British Columbia). He was a member of the Canada Council for the Arts Aboriginal Peoples Committee on the Arts (June 1997-June 2001), the British Columbia Arts Council (July 1999-July 2001), and was instrumental to the development of the Indigenous Editors Circle and organization of the Writing Stick Conference. He was assistant director of research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and taught Indigenous Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The ACP board, membership, and staff will miss Greg enormously. We extend our condolences to Greg’s family, his colleagues at Theytus, and his many friends across the industry.

May 16, 2019

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Canadian publishers welcome the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s continued protection of cultural industries

TORONTO, ONTARIO—(October 2, 2018)—The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) congratulates the Government of Canada on this week’s announcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) congratulates the Government of Canada on this week’s announcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). After more than a year of negotiations, the agreement maintains the cultural exception first established in the 1988 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, and continued under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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ACP’s 2019 Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance

ACP and ANEL have made a joint pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on Finance. Together ANEL and ACP represent more than 215 book publishers, located in all ten provinces and Nunavut. Our members are independent businesses, owned and operated by Canadians, and they make critical contributions to Canada’s creative industries.

The brief can be accessed on our Government Briefs and Submissions page.

ACP statement on litigation between K-12 sector and Access Copyright

The Association of Canadian Publishers notes that Access Copyright has served and filed its Statement of Defence and Counterclaim in the legal action initiated by Ontario school boards and the Ministries of Education for all provinces and territories except Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Together those plaintiffs are seeking to recover more than $25 million collected by Access Copyright under a legally certified tariff for the period of 2010-2012.

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ACP launches Canadian Book Publishing Diversity Baseline Survey

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) has launched a baseline survey to measure diversity in the Canadian book industry. Inspired by the Lee & Low Diversity Baseline Survey, the survey will measure the diversity of English-language Canadian book publishing workplaces.

The survey will be online until September 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm EDT and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. A link to the survey can be found below:

Complete the Canadian Book Publishing Diversity Baseline Survey Now

Class action settlement regarding copyright: Copibec and Université Laval

On June 19, Copibec and Université Laval announced they had reached an amicable settlement, ending the class action that Copibec had filed on behalf of creators and publishers against Université Laval in 2014.

On June 19, Copibec and Université Laval announced they had reached an amicable settlement, ending the class action that Copibec had filed on behalf of creators and publishers against Université Laval in 2014.

A legal Notice to Members has been issued. Authors and publishers are invited to read it and share with their networks.

No action is required on your behalf to be a member of the group or to receive compensation. 

The notice and the settlement agreement are available on Copibec’s website:
Legal Notice:  www.copibec.ca/en/legal-notice
Settlement Agreement: https://www.copibec.ca/en/settlement-agreement

Updates related to the settlement will be posted on Copibec’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].