This release was issued under a previous government.

More support for Alberta’s magazine industry

MLA Michael Connolly joined members of Alberta's magazine publishing industry in Calgary to announce new funding for the sector.

Over the next four years, an additional $219,000 a year will support Alberta magazine publishers. This will increase the sector’s annual funding to more than $650,000.

“Alberta magazines are experiencing a renaissance and provide readers with unique literary and visual experiences. Our government is proud to support the editors, art directors, writers, graphic artists and publishers who add to Alberta’s creative cultural landscape. I encourage all Albertans to pick up an Alberta magazine to explore new ideas.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

This funding will help grow a sustainable magazine-publishing industry in Alberta. It will help organizations hire talented professionals, develop intellectual property and create quality products. 

“Magazines serve as a trusted source of information and insight, prompting important conversations and helping to tell the stories that reveal Alberta’s diverse culture, rich history and promising future. The government’s far-sighted investment in Alberta’s magazine media will reinforce this important economic pillar, help boost capacity and broaden the impact home-grown magazines have, within Alberta and beyond.”

Joyce Byrne, president, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association/ group publisher, Avenue and RedPoint Media

Alberta’s cultural industries support the government's economic diversification and job-creation priorities. In 2016, the magazine-publishing industry contributed more than $105 million to the provincial GDP and accounted for more than 1,150 jobs. 

Quick facts

  • Alberta publishers deliver 18 million copies of Alberta magazines to readers each year.
  • Alberta’s magazine-publishing industry produces nearly 200 titles annually.
  • The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association was founded in 1995. It supports Alberta magazines through promotion, advancement and practical programs that foster professional development and industry growth.
  • The association has 57 members, many of which are owned and operated in Alberta.