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Book Fund


Book :

Global Market Development Program – Book


May 1, 2024
5:00 PM EST

Book :

Industry Development

Deadline 1

April 4, 2024
5:00 PM EST

Deadline 2

August 8, 2024
5:00 PM EST

The Ontario Creates Book Fund supports the business development of independent Ontario-based book publishers. Funding is provided for marketing initiatives that promote the works of Canadian authors to both foreign and domestic markets, as well as activities that enable publishers to build on their capacity to achieve business development goals.

Eligible projects must have clear and measurable objectives.

Book Fund: Diversity Enhancement Stream

The Ontario Creates Book Fund supports project applications from companies who do not meet the eligibility requirements for this program through a time-limited Diversity Enhancement. Companies with ownership that is racially diverse, Francophone, or otherwise meets dimensions of the provincial definition of diversity, may be eligible to apply for up to $15,000 in project support. Please see Appendix 1 of the Program Guidelines for details.


June 3, 2024 by 5:00 PM ET

Funding Available

Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to $150,000 depending on eligible sales revenue, capped at 75% of the total project budget.

NOTE: Full eligibility requirements and details can be found in Book Fund Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. Ontario Creates reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms.

Application Process

  • All applications must be submitted via the Ontario Creates Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.
  • Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on OAP, please go to and click on “Register”. If your company is registered, the Ontario Creates Book Fund deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to compile and complete the necessary information. There is flexibility for completing the application form – you may begin at any time and save information as it is entered. Once saved, you can go back and edit and/or add information until the time when the application is actually submitted.
  • If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.

Information Sessions

Ontario Creates will be hosting two “Office Hours” webinars where applicants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Book Fund. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to read the guidelines and watch the pre-recorded Information Session in advance. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 PM on the day prior to the webinar.

Webinar #1



Thursday, April 11, 2024


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Webinar #2



Wednesday, April 24, 2024


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Recording of Information Session April, 2023.

Attending an Information Session is not a substitute for reading the guidelines. Please read the guidelines.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates event but require it be conducted in French please send a request to by April 9, 2024 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates webinar or Office Hours session and have additional accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above


Program Coordinator, Industry Development
Phone: 416-642-6652

Enquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please register here with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in.