November 2016

Apply now for the CPF Aid to Publishers funding program

November 21, 2016

The 2017-2018 Applicant’s Guide and Application Form for the Aid to Publisherscomponent of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) are now available.

Canadian Heritage has made a number of important adjustments to the funding program in order to help the industry in this transformation period. Please review these changes carefully before completing your application.

  • The required minimum of copies sold for magazines and non-daily newspapers has been reduced.
  • For magazines and non-daily newspapers, the minimum required has gone down from 5,000 to 3,500 paid copies.
  • For special categories (Aboriginal, official language minority, ethnocultural and LGBT) magazines and non-daily newspapers, the paid minimum has gone from 2,500 to 2,000 paid copies.
  • The exemption for the criterion to have sold at least 50% of copies through subscription copies, single-copy/newsstand copies and sponsored now applies to all special categories (including non-daily ethnocultural newspapers).
  • The funding formula will provide greater consideration to small sized periodicals. Also, it will take into account periodicals from special categories and periodicals that also exist in digital format.
  • Definitions have been revised for editorial content, newsletter and special issue.
  • New definitions have been included for advertorial content, original content and sponsored content.

Click here to access the Canada Periodical Fund – Aid to Publishers materials.

The deadline to submit your application is Monday, December 19, 2016. Please note that an application postmarked or stamped after the application deadline will not be accepted.

Canadian Heritage has set service standards for the timely delivery of its funding programs and plans to issue a written notification of the funding decision within a 30-week timeline applied as of the program’s deadline.

Should you require additional information, please contact Canadian Heritage at 1-866-811-0055 or via email at

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Canadian Community Newspaper Awards and Great Idea Awards open on December 1

November 21, 2016

Get ready for the 2017 awards season: Newspapers Canada will begin accepting entries for the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards and Great Idea Awardson Thursday, December 1.

The Canadian Community Newspaper Awards celebrate the best in community publishing from across the country, with award categories covering editorial, photography and multimedia work in various circulation classes. The CCNAwards are open to members of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) and to all campus newspapers across the country.

The Great Idea Awards recognize the most creative and innovative examples of newspaper marketing and promotion from newspapers across the country. The goal of this awards program is to showcase as many outstanding promotional initiatives as possible, so we encourage our newspapers to enter up to five times in each category. The Great Idea Awards are open to all members of Newspapers Canada (CNA and CCNA).

Once again, we are pleased to accept digital submissions for certain categories via our online portal powered by Newspaper Toolbox. Submit your entry materials for both competitions on or before Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

For more information, visit the competition websites at the links below, or contact Nicole Bunt, Program Assistant, at

Interested in serving as a judge? Click here for details.

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Community Newspapers Drive Results

November 21, 2016

This new research study, funded by Canadian Heritage, explores engagement with printed community newspapers in Canada as well as the key role they play in the automotive path-to-purchase.

The printed community newspaper is by far the favourite source of local news and information in communities large and small across Canada. Time spent with a community newspaper is virtually unchanged compared to two years ago and not surprisingly, the predominant reason for reading printed community newspapers is local information, including news, editorial, sports, entertainment and events.

Printed newspapers are a key driver in the automotive decision making process. Seven out of ten community newspaper readers report that they read or look at the automotive ads that appear in their printed paper. When it comes to purchasing attitudes, newspapers were found to be most useful for general information, price comparisons and deciding which make of vehicle. In all stages of the path-to-purchase newspapers and their sites were found to be most influential.

Download study materials below by clicking on the appropriate links. For more information contact Kelly Levson, Director of Marketing and Research at

This project was produced with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The content of this study represents the opinions of the authors and does not necessarily represent the policies or the views of the Department of Canadian Heritage or the Government of Canada.

Community Newspapers Drive Results – Presentation
Community Newspapers Drive Results – Fact Sheet

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