Canada Book Fund (Support for Publishers: Publishing Support) – Canadian Heritage (2022)


This component assists the ongoing production, marketing and distribution of Canadian-authored books. Supplementary funding based on export sales is also available as part of Publishing Support.

Comments on Funding:

Funding from the CBF’s Publishing Support sub-component and other levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) is up to: 

  • 75% of the book publishing expenses; 
  • 90% of the book publishing expenses for official-language minority publishers, Indigenous publishers, publishing companies owned and controlled by members of a Racialized Community or small literary publishers and 
  • 100% of the book publishing expenditures for not-for-profit recipients.
  • Contributions from the applicant’s organization, the private sector or other levels of government are encouraged.

Applicants who receive a contribution of $100,000 or greater, must repay the contribution if their profit margin – excluding all CBF funding – was 15% or more during their financial year in which the contribution agreement was signed, and during its two preceding financial years.


Only book publishing firms are eligible for the Publishing Support sub-component of the CBF. At the time of the application, and through to the end of the term of any contribution agreement, a publishing firm must:

  • Have completed at least 12 months of operation as a book publisher;
  • Be at least 75% owned and controlled by Canadians;
  • Have its headquarters and at least 75% of its employees based in Canada
  • be a private-sector firm or university press;
  • Be financially viable; and
  • Have fulfilled all contractual obligations with respect to author royalty payments or other method of payment to authors, from the beginning of the reference year through to the end of any contribution agreement.

The following entities are not eligible for support from the CBF: 

  • publishers with net sales of own titles that were $50 million or greater in the reference year, and
  • unincorporated divisions of larger organizations, with the exception of university presses.

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit a complete application package including:

  • the Application Form and the following supporting documents:
  • the financial statements (For 2021-2022, all returning applicants must provide at minimum a review engagement report. Compilation Engagements (or Notice to Reader) and internal statements are not accepted. The one exception to these requirements is for first-time applicants, which can provide a Notice to Reader as part of its application package. Should a first-time applicant become a program recipient, he must submit either a review engagement report or audited financial statements in subsequent years);
  • the business plan;
  • the production report;
  • the author payment / royalty certification report;
  • the catalogue;
  • the books;
  • the justification for printing outside of Canada;
  • the distribution contract(s);
  • the confirmation of distributor’s fees;
  • the incorporation papers;
  • the geographic analysis report;
  • the letter authorizing submission of the application; and
  • the export sales certification.

Other Things to Note:

Racialized (person or group)

Often used to replace “visible minority,” this more nuanced term acknowledges that race is a social construct and that racialization is a process through which groups come to be socially constructed as races, based on characteristics such as ethnicity, language, economics, religion, culture and politics. It can be applied to people and attributed to them as a group in ways that negatively impact their social, political, and economic life (e.g., Black, Asian, Muslim).


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