The past year for Canada’s magazine media has witnessed major change:
- Key players have charted bold new paths into digital media, while many independent and cultural magazines have seen a strengthening of their print-sales along with emerging opportunities in new markets;
- After nearly 100 years, the Canadian Business Media Association has formally merged under the unified Magazines Canada banner;
- The Magazine Grands Prix was launched as a new program to celebrate the very best in magazine media across all platforms, and has been met with strong sponsor and industry support.
Meanwhile, the Ontario launched its first Culture Strategy and the Government of Canada initiated a comprehensive review of all programs and cultural policies, including the Canada Periodical Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian content in a digital world, and the role of news and journalism within democracy.
Against this backdrop, Magazines Canada has continued to be the big-tent association that its diverse members turn to for policy insight and leadership, for professional development and skill training, for collective promotions and market development, and for research and data to base their strategic business decisions upon. Magazines Canada has seen a significant jump in membership over the past year: a reflection of its strengthened position as the one national voice for magazine media, but also an endorsement of our renewed commitment to the needs and strategic priorities of magazine media at all levels and in all segments of the industry, whether emerging, industry-leading, consumer or business-to-business.
View the PDF: Magazines Canada Year End Review 2016–17