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Publishing and printing in Canada is a diverse industry spanning books, periodicals and directories. In 2009, CAD$2.2 billion ($US2.3 billion) of revenues were in book publishing and CAD$2.1 billion (US$2.2 billion) in periodical publishing. There is a significant presence of multinational publishing companies in Canada, with the headquarters of global publisher Thomson Reuters based here. Major players such as Pearson, HarperCollins and Random House all contribute to Canada’s publishing sector. HarperCollins, in particular, supplies English-language books for the country, yet there are also other publishers such as Rogers Publishing, which accommodate for Canada’s French-speaking population, also. Canadian publishers include McClelland & Stewart Ltd. which deal with a mixture of non-fiction and fiction authors; Scholastic Canada Ltd. and Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publishers deal with children’s books, in particular.
According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13, Canada is placed 17out of 144 on the chart with a score of 5.4 for their intellectual property protection as a country. The country is ranked higher than its American neighbours, who are placed 29th with a score of 5.0.
Although on par with countries such as the United States in terms of sophistication, the industry is not big enough to handle all of Canada’s demand for published and printed products. The United States is a major source of imports. Published works have consistently been Canada’s largest import and export in the cultural goods sector. In 2008, Canadians imported CAD$2.9 billion of published works (71% of all cultural goods), whilst exports in the same year measured CAD$628 million.
The English-speaking population of Canada takes up 58.8% of the population, and French accounting for 21.6%. The country does home some aboriginal languages which takes up 19.6% of the population, the majority of which only have a few thousand mother tongue populations (2006 Census). The country’s literacy rate equates to 99% of the population, establishing a viable market for publishing.
The Canadian Publishers’ Council, the Association of Canadian Publishers, L’Association Nationale des Editeurs de Livres (The National Association of Book Publishers) and Canadian Booksellers Association are some of the leading trade associations in the industry.
Québec International Book Fair is one of the country’s leading book fairs which take place annually in April, each year. The Montréal Book Fair also occurs annually in November.
Canada has numerous universities, all of which have a student population of over 20,000. Major institutions include the University of Toronto, McGill University and Université de Montréal.
Many of the universities established in Canada have their own printing press. Highnell Printing is one of Canada’s leading books printers and has been established in the country for over 100 years. Marquis is one of the country’s medium run book printers.
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