Federal Budget - QCNA welcomes continued commitment to official language community press by government of Canada

    ILE PERROT, QC, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Newspapers
Association (QCNA) expressed optimism and relief in regard to the federal
budget announcement that the Government of Canada will continue its support to
community newspapers and magazines through a $30,000,000 provision over two
years. Canada Post had previously announced a decision to withdraw its
$15,000,000 annual contribution to the Publications Assistance Program. The
new budget provision replaces this anticipated program shortfall.
    QCNA President Heather Dickson applauded the acknowledgement by the
government of Canada of the important role that community newspapers play in
the local and national cultural identity of Canadians. "The budget allocation
confirms that our work as an organization representing the concerns of
official language (OL) publications in Quebec has been supported".
    In 2007 and 2008, QCNA highlighted and presented these concerns while
making a series of recommendations to the government of Canada in regard to
the Publications Assistance Program. Individual publishers and OL community
organizations also contributed to the effort.
    Dickson highlighted that "QCNA has made key recommendations regarding
support to the OL community press specifically, and that there is a critical
need to ensure long-term financial stability to the program (beyond two years)
with potential adaptations that would deliver flexible and additional support
to publishers in the areas of distribution, editorial content, education, and
technological development".
    While expressing significant enthusiasm over the current budget
allocation, QCNA encourages the Government of Canada to continue to reflect on
QCNA recommended program adaptations, and to implement long-term commitments
to the official language community press.

For further information:

For further information: Greg Duncan, Executive Director, Quebec
Community Newspapers Association, (514)-453-6300, gduncan@qcna.qc.ca;

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