The program supports Ontario-based, Canadian-owned book and magazine publishers that publish works of literary, artistic or cultural importance for the general public. There are two categories:
Organizations that publish both books and magazines apply in the category responsible for the largest share of revenue related to eligible publishing activity. The distinct eligibility criteria for book and magazine publishers will be applied on that basis.
Book publishers must:
Magazine publishers must:
Magazines that primarily reach their audience through print:
Magazines that primarily reach their audience through a website or other digital media:
Magazines linked with associations:
Free circulation print magazines:
More about eligibility for OAC’s operating programs
A Canadian-owned and controlled company is a:
For share capital companies
For non-share capital companies
An affiliated company is a separately incorporated publisher in which another publisher has a controlling interest. In order to be eligible for funding, the affiliated company must:
Eligible books are used :
Eligible books contain at least 50 per cent Canadian-authored creative content (literary and graphic) and are in English, French or one of the Indigenous languages. If you publish more than 50 per cent of your books in French, you should apply to OAC’s Francophone Arts section.
Eligible books are original works of at least 48 printed pages (at least 24 pages for children’s books) published for a trade market readership in cloth, paper, or digital formats (i.e., books sold subject to the normal trade discount of 40 per cent or more).
Co-publications are eligible if they originated with the Canadian publisher.
Translations into French, English or Indigenous languages of Canadian-authored works are eligible if they meet all other eligibility criteria.
Eligible books are works of literary, artistic, or cultural importance in the genres of fiction; poetry; drama; literary and arts criticism; autobiography, biography, memoir and essays; comics and graphic novels; works for children and young adults; and creative and literary works of history, politics, social issues, science, travel, etc.
An ineligible book is any book that does not meet the criteria stated above. Additionally, books in the following categories are not considered eligible:
This program will not fund: