Case Studies

Fact Sheets

Mailing Problems

Webinars

Events Calendar

Newspapers Canada Conference 2015 
 

Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

 

 Great Idea Awards

 

Webinars

  

Canadian Media Circulation Audit

 

Communitywire 
 

Community Media Canada

Member Login

News On News - English

Stay informed on our latest news!

Syndicate content

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

Application deadline for Aid to Publishers funding is Monday, February 9

Paid-circulation non-daily newspapers in Canada have just a few days left to submit application forms for the 2015-2016 funding period for Canada Periodical Fund’s Aid to Publishers funding program. The deadline to submit your application form and all the required supporting documents is Monday, February 9. The 2015-2016 Applicant's Guide and Application Form are now available online. The application form is considered to be filed on time if postmarked or date stamped on or before the deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application deadline for CPF Aid to Publisher’s funding is coming soon

The deadline to submit your application form for the Canada Periodical Fund's (CPF) Aid to Publishers funding program is Monday, February 9.The Department of Canadian Heritage has posted the 2015-2016 Applicant's Guide and Application Form online. Paid-circulation non-daily newspapers in Canada have just ten days left to submit application forms for this year's funding cycle. 

Application deadline for Aid to Publisher’s funding program is February 9

The Department of Canadian Heritage has now released the 2015-2016 Applicant's Guide and Application Form for the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF). Paid-circulation non-daily newspapers in Canada have just over two weeks left to submit application forms for the 2015-2016 funding period. The deadline to submit your application form and all the required supporting documents is Monday, February 9.

Aid to Publishers: 2015-2016 Applicant Guide and Form are now available

The Department of Canadian Heritage has now released the 2015-2016 Applicant's Guide and Application Form for the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF). To download your application form please visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267303755421 The deadline to submit your application is Monday, February 9. An application postmarked or stamped after the application deadline will not be accepted.

Aid to Publishers application forms are 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 conveyed members’ frustration to officials from the Department of Canadian Heritage and we appreciate your continued patience. At this point, we are encouraging publishers to gather information in preparation for the application process. Canadian Heritage assures that there will be no changes to the Applicant's Guide or the Application Form and that the application deadline will be revised to give publishers four to six weeks to apply.

CPF Update: Aid to Publishers forms expected by end of 2014

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. At a December 4 meeting with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Newspapers Canada was informed that the Applicant's Guide and Application Form for the 2015-2016 funding cycle will likely be available before the end of the year, or possibly at the start of the new year. The application deadline will be revised to give publishers four to six weeks to apply. Newspapers Canada has conveyed members’ frustration to Heritage officials, and we appreciate your continued patience. We will contact all members directly via an emailed member bulletin once the application forms are available. Canadian Heritage will also contact all previous recipients via email. In the meantime, we encourage publishers to gather information in preparation for the application process. Use last year's materials as a reference point to begin collecting the necessary data to apply to the program. Canadian Heritage assures that there will be no changes to the Applicant's Guide or the Application Form.

Reminder: CPF Aid to Publishers application forms coming soon

The 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 2015-2016 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. Once the Applicant's Guide and Application Form are launched, Canadian Heritage will contact all previous recipients via email. The ATP component of CPF 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.

Start preparing for the 2015-2016 Aid to Publishers application process

The 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 2015-2016 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: 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.