Canadian Publishing Industry News
7 April 2020,     TORONTO

Magazines Canada Distribution On Hold

Still open but with reduced staff
Still open but with reduced staff
As of the end of March , Magazines Canada newsstand distribution is on hiatus. Most stores, including Chapters/Indigo, are closed, with a few still running with skeleton staff or delivery/pick-up only.
Magazines Canada  distribution partners Tilwood (for distribution to independent retailers) and Disticor (for Chapters/Indigo stores) both remain open for deliveries and will accept copies shipped to them for newsstand distribution.

4 April 2020,     TORONTO

Canadian Jewish News Closes After 60 Years

Has been struggling for years
Has been struggling for years
Canadian Jewish News (CJN)  has become a victim of COVID-19. Already struggling, they  are not able to sustain the enterprise in an environment of almost complete economic shut down. They have announce the closure of the entire operation , both in print and online In the spring and summer of 2013 The CJN saved from its announced demise. CJN was  re-organized, restructured and created a new version of the paper and website to serve the Canadian Jewish community.

30 March 2020,     ONTARIO, QUEBEC

Are Publications An Essential Service?

 
 Ontario and Quebec have order the closure of  all non essential business because of the Covid-19 pandemic . Only essential services will be allowed to stay open and those companies that supply them.  Magazines are not specifically mentioned as essential or not.  Some of the wording from the Ontario Government that would apply to the publishing field include , under Communications industries 43 Newspaper publishers, 44 Radio & Television Broadcasting, 45 Telecommunications providers.

30 March 2020,     CALGARY

Calgary City Magazine Postponed

New city magazine for Calgary
New city magazine for Calgary
The YY SCENE has  announce the postponement of the launch of their new monthly print publication, scheduled for April 1. In a press release they said "Suppose you started a magazine and nobody came … to read it because of a pandemic. And if they could, nothing in it was relevant, all of the events were cancelled or on hold, and none of the advertisers had anything to advertise." 

22 March 2020,     CHICAGO

Playboy Kills Print Edition

The magazine that built the Playboy Empire
The magazine that built the Playboy Empire
 Playboy, one of the world’s most recognisable magazines, has announced it will be shutting down the US periodical, with the Spring issue – which arrives on news stands this week – its last for 2020. The CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Ben Kohn, said the decision to stop printing the magazine – which has been a quarterly since 2019 – had been discussed internally for some time,but was expedited by the coronavirus crisis.

22 March 2020,     HALIFAX

The Coast Suspension Because of Pandemic

 
Halifax's alternative weekly newspaper "The Coast"is halting its print publication for now  because of the COVID-19. In a letter on  the Coast's website titled "Pause the presses," publisher Christine Oreskovich and editor Kyle Shaw said COVID-19 "has turned things upside down for our readers, our staff, our city, our world." "The base of local businesses whose advertising helps support The Coast

15 March 2020,     TORONTO

MagNet 2020 Moves Dates To November

 
 In light of these announcements and the evolving public health situation, Magazines Canada has decided out of an abundance of caution to re-schedule our April 22–23 events MagNet: Canada's Magazine Conference and the Arts & Literary Magazines Summit. These events will now be held November 26–27, 2020 at the same venue, the Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

11 March 2020,    

Report on Canadian Magazine Business

Report on Canadian Magazines
Report on Canadian Magazines
Statista report on the Canadian magazine business releasees some interesting facts. The number of magazine readers in Canada have been decreasing since 2014, falling from 17.2 million down to 15.9 in 2016. In the same period, revenues from newsstand sales sank by over 79 million  dollars. A reason for this decline could be that consumption among younger audiences is lower than that of older generations.

9 March 2020,     TORONTO

Torstar Reaches 80,000 Digital Subscriptions

Trying to increase online revenue with declining print ad revenue
Trying to increase online revenue with declining print ad revenue

Torstar says they  continue to make progress on the transformation of their  business including digital subscription offerings, ending the year with almost 80,000 subscribers with digital access including almost 28,000 digital only subscribers to their Daily Brands news sites. They also have more than 200,000 registered users in their Daily Brands news sites.

25 February 2020,     OTTAWA

Deadline For Aid to Publishers Grants March 16th

 
 The 2020–2021 application guidelines and application form for the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) are online now.The deadline to submit an application is March 16, 2020. The Aid to Publishers component is designed to provide eligible Canadian publishers of print magazines  with the financial support to produce and distribute high-quality, Canadian editorial content for Canadian readers.

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