Financial support for internships in the book industry

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About the Program

Contributions of up to $22,500 (typically $15,000) for internships in the book publishing, distribution, marketing, wholesale or retail sectors representing Canadian authors.
The main objective of the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books nationally and internationally, by fostering a strong book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.

Application deadlines

April 30 – for projects starting between September 1 and March 31

October 31 – for projects starting between April 1 and August 31

When an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding, your organization must be:


a Canadian-owned and Canadian-controlled organization or professional association, representing or related to the Canadian book publishing industry; and

incorporated under the laws of Canada or a province.

Canadian teaching institutions with a specialization in the book industry are eligible for funding of Professional Development projects.


Organizations that represent Canadian libraries may be eligible for projects that meet the objectives of the Canada Book Fund and/or the accessible digital books initiative, but should contact us before applying.



We are responsible for determining the eligibility of each applicant, its project and project-related expenses.


The Support for Organizations component is highly competitive. Requests for funding typically exceed available resources. If your organization is eligible, submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.


Eligible projects

Please note that projects must demonstrate how they provide a broad benefit to be eligible as a collective project. Projects that only benefit a single book publisher, Canadian-authored book or an affiliated group of book publishers are not eligible.


To be eligible for funding, your Marketing project must:


adopt a collective commercial approach in marketing, advertising and promotion; and

demonstrate that the majority of works being promoted are Canadian-authored books, published by Canadian-owned and Canadian-controlled firms.

To be eligible for funding, your Technology project must:


be collectively undertaken to benefit the Canadian book industry as a whole or more than one sector of the industry;

develop and implement a communication and distribution infrastructure;

improve the collection, use and dissemination of information; or

train and develop human and technological resources necessary to adapt to industrial changes.

To be eligible for funding, your Professional development project must:


develop new skills and knowledge; or

promote the adoption of industry best practices.

Professional development projects submitted by organizations and professional associations representing authors or booksellers are eligible only if their focus is on industrial or commercial aspects of the book industry.


To be eligible for funding, your Internship project must:


plan to hire an intern who is Canadian;

demonstrate the capacity of the applicant to provide a productive training environment for the intern;

provide the opportunity for the intern to contribute to the development of your organization;

assign the intern useful work that your organization could not otherwise undertake due to a lack of human or financial resources; and

propose to hire as an intern someone who is not an existing employee of your organization or who has previously benefited from a CBF-funded internship.

Larger projects may include activities that relate to more than one of the project types described above. If this is the case, the project must demonstrate it meets the eligibility requirements for each relevant project type. For example, if the larger project includes marketing activities and an internship, it must demonstrate that it meets the eligibility requirements of both types.

How to apply

Give your application the best chance at approval. AKR Consulting has an 99% approval rating across all Canadian funding programs.

For any inquiry, please call: AKR Consulting Canada at 905-678-6368


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