Date: 14th July 2021
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Canadian magazines town hall meeting about the $31.5 million in additional funding for the industry on Thursday, 8 July, 2021. An overview of the meeting is below. If you have specific questions about your ATP top-up, or applying for recovery funding, please reach out to CPF program staff or your program officer directly.
Aid to Publishers Stream Top Up – Canada Periodical Fund
Individual titles that receive Aid to Publishers support will receive a 13% top-up on your 2021-22 contribution amount. This is part of the stream entitled, Recovery Fund Stream 2, Investing in the Recovery. You will receive this top-up in the form of a supplementary payment / cheque issued to each title you publish that receives an ATP contribution. The total budget allocated to this is $10 million.
Special Measures for Journalism Renewal – Canada Periodical Fund
Formally part of the stream entitled, Recovery Fund Stream 1, Reinforcing Recovery Foundations, this is a renewal of the Special Measures for Journalism (SMJ) fund for digital, small-circulation titles and magazines that distribute free. The SMJ was part of the federal government’s emergency support measures introduced last year during the early days of the pandemic. Essentially, this is financial support for any and all magazines who are currently not eligible for Aid to Publishers. The total budget allocated to this is $21.5 million.
Key dates to put in your calendar:
Eligible Expenses – Special Measures for Journalism
The SMJ will cover the same eligible editorial expenses as the ATP. Research and audio tech personnel working on the production of podcasts are both eligible expenses.
Below you will find a list curated by Magazines Canada that includes all the eligible editorial expenses, as well as some other key definitions that were discussed at the town hall. You can also find this list online in the Glossary of the ATP application guidelines for print magazines.
It is not feasible to list every category of expense on the form, and it may not be obvious in which category certain expenses should be included. CPF program staff can help you with this. This is the easiest and best way for you to ensure that all of your eligible expenses are correctly captured on the application form.
The application guidelines for the SMJ will include direct email and phone contact information for CPF program staff, rather than a general email and phone number.
If Canada Council designates additional money in this fiscal year for literary magazines, then those titles will be ineligible to apply through this fund, otherwise literary magazines may be eligible to apply through SMJ. More info to come.
We will send an email to AMPA members when the guidelines are released and the portal is open.
Canada Council for the Arts – Additional Funds
The Canada Council is receiving $25 million in 2021-22 under the Reopening Fund stream and $50 million in 2022-23 under the Recovery Fund Stream 2. Magazines Canada has reached out to the Council to ask how much of this money will be allocated to art and literary magazines who receive core funding support from the Council. Magazines Canada will advocate for an appropriate amount of these funds to be allocated to Canada Council-core-supported members, so that magazine publishers receive their fair share. The Council has indicated that more details about the allocation of the funds will be forthcoming this fall.
For those of you who are interested, you can read the Council’s new strategic plan, as well as its “What We Heard” report on the stakeholder engagement process they undertook as they developed the plan.
Key Definitions related to CPF ATP and SMJ Funding and Definitions of Eligible Editorial Expenses
Canadian Editorial Content
Editorial content (text and photographs, graphics and illustrations) created or translated by a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or a participant to a federal or provincial program that provides work experiences or internships to individuals. Translated editorial content by a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada within the meaning of this Act will be considered Canadian editorial content if the editorial content is translated into one of the two official languages. Translation does not modify the nature of the editorial content.
The space in a periodical, excluding advertising and non-revenue pages, which consists of original text, images, photographs, graphics and illustrations.
Salaries/costs related to the generation of editorial pages and the activities leading to the production of Canadian editorial content, (for both print and digital content), these include:
A periodical that primarily serves or is primarily concerned with a commonly recognized specific cultural or racially distinct community or specific linguistic group using other than Canada’s official languages.
An eligible ethnocultural periodical may be published in any language.
Refers to the publishing firm’s twelve-month financial year that ends on a date within the period of April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
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