November 1, 2020

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

Written Submission to Canadian Heritage

(Update to September 2020 brief)

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 from $38.4M to $58.4M.

2. Provide additional emergency support through renewal of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport organizations.

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

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