August 1, 2020

Resilience, Agility & Innovation: Canadian Publishers and COVID-19 Recovery

Written Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2021 Budget

Summary of Recommendations

1. Increase Canadian publishers’ competitiveness in a post-COVID-19 economy by immediately increasing the permanent annual budget of the Canada Book Fund, as recommended unanimously by the Standing Committee on Finance in 2016, from $38.4M to $58.4M.

2. Implement market-based solutions that encourage fair remuneration of rightsholders for use of copyright protected work through reform of the Copyright Act.

3. Stimulate local economies by introducing measures that encourage the purchase and reading of Canadian books.