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Canada Periodical Fund

In February 2009, Canadian Heritage announced the creation of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF), a new, combined funding program for newspapers and magazines that replaced the Publications Assistance Program.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the CPF program.

More information is also available at www.pch.gc.ca/cpf.

What is the Publications Assistance Progam?

The Publications Assistance Program (PAP) was a postal subsidy program provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage to eligible Canadian magazines and non-daily newspapers mailed in Canada for delivery in Canada. The aim of the program was to ensure Canadians throughout Canada have access to magazines and non-daily newspapers from across the country. In 2008-2009, the program provided support to over 1130 publications circulating over 200 million copies.

Why was the Publications Assistance Program replaced?

In 2008, Canadian Heritage held consultations with stakeholders about redesigning its funding programs for the periodical industry, namely, the Publications Assistance Program and the Canada Magazine Fund. 

The consultation process unearthed a number of concerns about the programs and suggestions for change. After reviewing their findings, Canadian Heritage decided to merge the two programs into the Canada Periodical Fund and to redefine the rules governing the program.

What is the Canada Periodical Fund?

The Canada Periodical Fund is a new subsidy program for community newspapers and magazines. The total funding envelope for the program is $75.5 million, which is the combined total of the two programs that it replaced. Under the new program there will be new eligibility criteria, funding formulas, and funding opportunities for periodical publishers.

What is different about the Canada Periodical Fund?

The biggest difference is that the Canada Periodical Fund is not tied exclusively to mail distribution, due in part to an earlier decision by Canada Post to withdraw its annual $15-million contribution to the program. In order to maintain the total envelope, the Government of Canada committed to replacing that contribution for two years. 

This means that copies distributed by other means can be included in the calculation for funding.

If Canada Post is no longer involved, what will happen to my postage bill?

After the Canada Periodical Fund launched, participants began receiving payments directly from the Fund. Participants saw higher postage costs but are able to use the fund payment to help defray those costs.

When did the new program start?

The Canada Periodical Fund is launched in April 2010.

Who can apply?

Paid-circulation non-daily newspapers and paid- or non-paid request-circulation magazines are eligible for the Canada Periodical Fund.

How do I apply?

CCNA members should bookmark this page and check back often to view the latest developments from CPF. Newspapers Canada will also distribute these details to members as they become available.

What other types of funding are available?

Canadian Heritage officials are looking at ways to support business innovation through the Canada Periodical Fund. Industry initiatives will also be eligible. More details are available at www.pch.gc.ca/cpf

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the Canada Periodical Fund, please contact John Hinds, Newspapers Canada chief executive officer, at jhinds@newspaperscanada.ca.

Canada Periodical Fund News

CPF Update: Aid to Publishers funds to be deposited next week

Newspapers Canada has been informed by Canadian Heritage that letters confirming the 2014/2015 Aid to Publishers funding decisions have been signed and will be mailed later this week. Aid to Publishers is a component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) for eligible Canadian print magazines and non-daily newspapers. Publishers who applied can expect to receive a letter in the coming days indicating the funding amount awarded, with the money to be deposited during the week of August 18.

CPF update: Publishers to receive funding notice in July

Canadian Heritage will soon be sending out its Aid to Publishers funding decisions for the 2014/2015 fiscal year. Publishers who applied to the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) will receive a letter at some point in late July indicating funding amounts to be awarded. Cheques are expected to be delivered to eligible recipients later on this summer.

Aid to Publishers application deadline is Monday, December 9

Newspapers have less than one week left to prepare and submit applications for the Aid to Publishers (ATP) component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF). The funding program provides financial assistance to paid-circulation non-daily newspapers and paid or request circulation magazines. Eligibility and funding amounts are calculated using a circulation-based formula.

Aid to Publishers application deadline is coming soon

Non-daily newspapers have less than two weeks left to apply for the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF). The 2014-15 Applicant's Guide and Application Form are now available on the Department of Canadian Heritage website at www.pch.gc.ca/cpf. Publishers must submit signed application forms and all supporting documents in hard copy to the Department of Canadian Heritage by Monday, December 9, 2013.

CPF Update: 2014-2015 Applicant's Guide and Form now available

The Department of Canadian Heritage has now released the 2014-2015 Applicant's Guide and Application Form for the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF). Both documents are available at www.pch.gc.ca/cpf or via the links below. Aid to Publishers Applicant's Guide, 2014-2015 (HTML) Aid to Publishers Application Form, 2014-2015 (Right click the link and select "Save link as" to download PDF form to your computer) The Application Form PDF may not display properly in web browsers and should be downloaded to your computer first before viewing. We recommend only opening the PDF in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. If you are unable to fill out the form electronically, please print and complete the form by hand. In order to ensure confidentiality of personal information, please do not transmit forms electronically. Publishers must submit signed application forms and all required supporting documents in hard copy to the Department of Canadian Heritage by Monday, December 9, 2013. Application packages that are postmarked or stamped after the December 9 deadline will not be accepted.

Start preparing for the 2014-2015 Aid to Publishers application process

Newspapers Canada has contacted Canadian Heritage regarding the 2014-2015 application materials for the Aid to Publishers (ATP) component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF). Publishers should note that the 2014-2015 Applicant's Guide and Application Form will be made available in the near future. Canadian Heritage assures that there will be no changes to the Applicant's Guide or the Application Form for the upcoming funding cycle. Publishers can use last year's materials as a reference point to begin collecting the necessary data to apply to the program. The application deadline date for the 2014-2015 funding cycle will be revised to reflect the delayed release of the forms.

Aid to Publishers guide and application forms coming soon

A number of association members have expressed concern that application forms for the Canada Periodical Fund’s Aid to Publishers funding program are not yet available. Newspapers Canada has contacted Canadian Heritage and we have been informed that the Applicant's Guide and Application Form for the 2014-2015 funding cycle will be available very soon. Newspapers Canada will contact our members directly via an emailed member bulletin once the application forms are available.

CPF update: Publishers to receive funding notice this month

Canadian Heritage has now mailed out all Aid to Publishers funding decisions for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. Publishers who applied to the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) will receive a letter at some point this month indicating funding amounts to be awarded. Cheques are expected to be delivered to eligible recipients in late July and August.

CPF Aid to Publisher’s update

Publishers who have applied to the Aid to Publishers (ATP) component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) for the 2013-2014 period should expect to receive a letter in July regarding their funding. Grant money will been allocated based on the transition plan laid out in the ATP funding formula which is being implemented gradually over three years, of which 2013-2014 is the third year. Payments are currently being processed and applicants who have been approved for funding can expect to receive a cheque at the end of July or in early-August.

CPF Aid to Publishers deadline is Monday, November 26

Funding applications for the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund are due next week. Publishers who are interested in applying for financial assistance for the 2013-2014 fiscal year must submit the required application forms and all supporting documents to the Department of Canadian Heritage by Monday, November 26, 2012.