Join ACP

Any English-language Canadian independent book publisher is welcome to apply for membership.

There are two categories of membership

To join, a publisher’s head office of business must be in Canada, at minimum be 75% Canadian-owned and controlled, and publishes original books as a part of its business. 

All members have access to all services and meetings of the ACP; however, only full members may vote at membership meetings. 

Through all of its activities, ACP is committed to supporting and strengthening the Canadian-owned publishing industry. By becoming involved in the committees, projects, meetings, and lobbying efforts facilitated by ACP, members have the opportunity to help shape the policy climate for Canadian publishers. 

Full Membership

  • the publication of original Canadian books must be a primary part of the company’s business
  • have published no fewer than ten (10) original Canadian titles, of which no more than 25% are authored by employees, principals, or directors of the company*
  • publishes at least four (4) original Canadian titles annually
  • have been in operation for at least two years from the date of publication of its first original title

Associate Membership

  • the publication of original Canadian books must be an important part of the company’s business

  • have published least two (2) original Canadian titles in the previous three years, of which no more than 25% are authored by employees, principals or directors of the company*

  • publishes no more than four (4) original Canadian titles annually**

* Publishers with more than 25% of their titles authored by principals or directors of the company may be eligible for membership so long as they can demonstrate that they are a bona fide book publisher.

** In any year, once an associate member meets the requirements for full membership, the firm must apply for full membership status in the following year.

Government Relations

ACP maintains an active government relations program, serving as the voice of Canadian publishers in Ottawa.

With the support of Sean Casey, Global Public Affairs, our consultant in Ottawa, the ACP lobbies the government to ensure the maintenance and stability of federal funding programs for publishers, and represents publishers’ interests with respect to cultural policy, copyright, and other key issues. This includes regular communication with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, key MPs in the House of Commons, and our network of civil servants. The ACP also works with its regional affiliates to lobby provincial governments on issues relevant to the ACP membership.

Digital Publishing

ACP members have access at preferred rates to the services of eBOUND Canada, 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, and serves as ACP members’ collective digital services department. Its growing number of programs includes ebook distribution, digital asset management, conversion services, and professional development.

Professional Development & Research

Professional Development Seminars

ACP presents professional development sessions for members at its Annual General Meeting and Mid-Winter Meeting, and throughout the year. As a member-driven organization, we design seminars to address members’ specific needs and interests, and to reflect the current trends of the publishing industry.

Mentorship Program

One of the ACP’s most popular programs, the Mentorship Program pairs ACP members with experienced publishers and consultants to receive guidance in a particular area of the publishing business. The program pays mentors an honorarium with a modest fee charged to participants.

PD Subsidy Program

Through the Department of Canadian Heritage, ACP offers a subsidy to Canadian publishing staff to attend publishing workshops, seminars, conferences, and courses related to book publishing, including BookNet Canada’s Tech Forum, SFU Summer Publishing Workshops, eBOUND Canada workshops, Book Summit, Digital Book World, and many more.


The ACP conducts industry-specific research on behalf of its members, who have access to a wide-range of studies and reports commissioned by the association over the years.


ACP members receive timely and relevant information through the association’s bi-weekly e-newsletter, ACP Update, and through the ACP website.

ACP representatives sit on boards across the industry. They keep members informed of the activities of other industry organizations, and represent Canadian publishers’ views to other sectors of the book industry.


On behalf of its members, ACP pursues collective marketing initiatives with the goal of increasing the market share of Canadian-owned publishers and Canadian authors.

These initiatives showcase books published by ACP members, and highlight the quality and value of Canadian books to the public. Core marketing projects include 49th Shelf, Top Grade, and a program of collective displays at higher education conferences. ACP members also enjoy discounted rates for BookNet Canada’s SalesData and CataList programs.


ACP’s work is overseen by a volunteer board of directors that is drawn from the membership.

ACP’s standing committees inform the activities of the association: Children’s and Educational (K-12) Publishing, Diversity and Inclusion, Export, Higher Education, Library, Professional Development, Special Events, and Trade. Committee membership is open to all full and associate members with regularly scheduled meetings to exchange information and ideas, discuss developments of shared concern, and strategize on issues facing the industry.

Networking & Community

Publishers who belong to ACP are part of a community of companies who share common challenges and characteristics. 

The programs of the association bring Canadian publishers together, and provide a forum for networking, peer-to-peer learning, and information sharing.

For more information on the benefits of ACP membership, contact Jazz Cook.

Want to learn more about ACP?

ACP contributes to the development and maintenance of vibrant, competitive book publishing companies in order to support and strengthen the contribution that Canadian books make to Canada’s cultural, economic, and educational landscape.