Canadian Magazine Industry News
5 May 2015,     TORONTO

Magazines Canada secures government funding for Ontario magazines

In February, Magazines Canada learned that the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) would be revised due to provincial fiscal challenges. Foreseeing the potential impact these cuts could have to Ontario’s magazines, Magazines Canada searched for alternatives to present to the government and came up with two potential solutions—which the government responded too.

Magazines Canada recommended two options. Option 1 was to revise the existing tax credit to achieve the efficiency demanded by government while retaining a magazine eligibility. Option 2 was to redesign and increase investment in OMDC funding programs.

4 May 2015,     TORONTO

enRoute sees a boost in readership for Spring 2015

According to the Spring 2015 Print Measurement Bureau (PMB) results, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine has shown a 3% increase in readership in adults 18+ over the past six months.

Since PMB’s 2011 Spring study, enRoute has generated a 37% increase in readership among consumers with a household income of $200,000 or higher, and a 92% increase in readership among consumers with personal incomes in excess of $125,000.

4 May 2015,     TORONTO

The nominees are in for the 38th annual NMAs

The National Magazine Award Foundation (NMAF) has announced the finalists for its annual awards. Over 200 Canadian print and digital magazines submitted work this year, in both official languages. The NMAF says they have seen an increase in participation from Quebec and Alberta magazines, and from literary and arts magazines through the recently announced NMAF Small Magazine Rebate program.

 The publications in the running for Magazine of the Year

30 April 2015,     ONTARIO

The OMDC Magazine Fund is now accepting applications

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is accepting applications from independent Ontario-based magazine publishers for its 2015 magazine fund. The fund helps digital and print publications grow their business through various initiatives.

Among the requirements of eligibility—which can be found in its entirety on the OMDC website—applicants must derive more than 50 % of the company’s revenue from magazine revenues and related brand extension of the core business, be at least 75% Canadian-owned and controlled, and have a minimum sales revenue of $20,000. All eligible projects must also have a clear objective and measurable results.

30 April 2015,    

The 2015 NMAF Award for Outstanding Achievement goes to Michael Fox

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has named Michael Fox as the recipient of the 2015 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

For four decades Fox has been a trailblazer in the Canadian magazine industry. Fox joined Maclean-Hunter in 1974 as a news editor at the Financial Post, helped take the Financial Post from a weekly to a daily in 1988, and established Rogers’ French-language consumer marketing group—a company where he eventually became vp of publishing.

28 April 2015,     TORONTO

KRW Award finalists announced

The finalists have been announced for the 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson (KRW) Awards.

A total of 77 volunteer judges combed through the submissions from 57 Canadian B2B publications, to nominate for awards in 21 written, visual and special categories. There were 154 submissions nominated by the judges. 

On June 2, the winners will be announced at the annual gala, to be held at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto.

CPA Magazine leads the pack with 20 nominations this year, while University Affairs and Professionally Speaking/ Pour Parler Profession both received 10 nominations each. Les Affaires received 8 nominations.

24 April 2015,     TORONTO

The Kit has a new editor-in-chief

Laura deCarufel is the newly appointed editor-in-chief of The Kit, a Canadian beauty and style publication.

deCarufel comes to The Kit from Elle Canada where she held the position of executive editor. She has also worked at Fashion magazine, The Look and Elm Street, and launched Hardly Magazine, an online arts and style magazine for teenage girls.

22 April 2015,     VANCOUVER

Geist founders usurped after 95 issues

Geist is under new management, and to announce the change, the ideas and culture magazine released the following tongue-in-cheek statement:

21 April 2015,     TORONTO

SABEW Canada Best in Business award recipients announced

The winners of SABEW Canada’s first-ever Best in Business awards have been announced. Nine winners were chosen out of 26 finalists to represent the best business reporting, published or broadcast in 2014.

20 April 2015,     TORONTO

Birks Group and St. Joseph Media launch 1879 by Birks

Birks Group Inc. has partnered with St. Joseph Communications to launch a new bi-annual lifestyle magazine entitled 1879 by Birks—which happens to be the year founder Henry Birks first opened a small jewelry shop in Montreal. The publication targets readers interested in fine jewellery, travel, food and design.

The Birks Group owns and operates the Mayors chain of jewellery stores across Florida and Georgia, ergo the U.S. magazine will be called Mayors Magazine.

“St. Joseph is thrilled to be working with Birks on this project," 1879’s publisher Douglas Kelly said.

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