The Operating Assistance for Book Publishers program supports BC-based, Canadian-owned book publishers committed to developing and promoting Canadian writers through publishing works of literary, artistic or cultural importance for the general public.

Who Can Apply

In order to be eligible for support through this program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been a legally registered company or society in BC for at least the previous three years.
  •  Have operated for at least the previous three years with book publishing as its primary (rather than a peripheral or occasional) business, with the publication of original titles as the focus of that business.
  • Have its head office, general office, editorial office, general operations, and management based in BC and have done so for at least the previous three years.
  • Be managed and financially controlled by BC residents (who own at least 75% of the company).
  • Compensate artists by paying fees at industry standards, and adhere to the international
    intellectual property rights standards.
  • Maintain full control over editorial process, and have editorial independence from any other company. Where affiliations with other companies or agencies exist, publishers must be able to demonstrate separate editorial departments, budgets, and financial statements for the book publishing operation.
  • Have at least eight eligible titles in print; have published a minimum of three eligible first edition titles per year for the past three years; and be committed to an ongoing program of publishing original titles.
  • Have at least 75% of the titles produced by authors other than principals in the company or related companies.
  • Issue clear royalty statements on a regular basis and fulfill all contractual obligations to writers, illustrators, translators and other copyright licensors. Publishers owing payments to writers, illustrators, translators and (or) other copyright licensors as of the application deadline may not be eligible for funding.
  • For organizations that are not currently receiving Operating Assistance:
    • Applicants must have received at least two Project Assistance for Book Publishers grants from the British Columbia Arts Council within the past five years.
    • Applicants must establish eligibility with Council staff before making an application and are encouraged to do so at least four weeks before the application deadline.

How to Apply

The application intake opens approximately six weeks before the program deadline.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer.

Please note that program staff are typically available during regular business hours Monday - Friday. If a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, staff will be unavailable on that day.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually. Please ensure that you download and review the most recent version posted to the website.

Operating Assistance for Book Publishers Program Guidelines