A graphic with a black and white photo of a bookshelf in the background. In the centre of the graphic there is white text with a red background that reads “Canadian Books Deserve Better.” Below that, there is white text with a black background that reads “Increase the Canada Book Fund.” The logos for l’Association nationale des éditeurs de livres and the Association of Canadian Publishers are in the bottom right corner.

Increase the Canada Book Fund - ensure the government keeps its promise!

Calling all book lovers, publishing professionals, and champions of Canadian writing: we need your help! 

In the most recent mandate letter from the Prime Minister, the Minister of Canadian Heritage was directed to increase key writing and publishing programs, including increasing the Canada Book Fund budget by 50% in the 2022-23 fiscal year. This mandate letter commitment has not been fulfilled by the government during the last two federal budgets. 

The Government must not let down the book publishing industry yet again.

We are asking for your support to help ensure that the government fulfills this commitment to the publishing sector in Budget 2024. Please take 30 seconds to send a letter to your MP to help maintain a thriving Canadian publishing ecosystem. Make your voice heard

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Dear [recipient position will go here] [recipient name will go here],

Yours sincerely,
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  • The Canadian book publishing industry plays an important role in sharing local stories with audiences across the country and around the world.
  • Minister St-Onge has a mandate to increase the budget of the Canada Book Fund (CBF). In their 2021 election platform, the Liberal Party of Canada committed to increasing the CBF budget by 50%, which would represent new investment of $19.2M annually. This commitment has not yet been fulfilled.
  • The budget of the CBF’s permanent programs has not increased since 2001, resulting in the erosion of its real value by more than 55%.
  • Federal investment in book publishing has not kept pace with the needs of an evolving industry, or with investment in other arts and culture sectors.

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