If you are interested in becoming an Active or Associate member, please note that memberships are only open to an organization that meets the following criteria:
(I) Active Membership in the Group, which carries the right to vote at meetings of the Group, shall be open to any corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship which:
(a) publishes original Canadian books as a primary not an occasional or peripheral part of its business function, 50% of which are deemed to be “literary,” i.e. the content of which falls into one or more of the following categories: poetry, fiction, drama, literary criticism, belles lettres or creative nonfiction;
(b) has its chief office in Canada;
(c) is at least 80% beneficially owned by persons who are Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants who have held that status for not more than four years; or by institutions or associations chartered in Canada which are at least 80% controlled by persons who are Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants who have held that status for not more than four years; or by a combination of the two;
(d) is effectively controlled as to its managerial, editorial and financial decisions by persons who are resident in Canada, and are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who have held that status for not more than four years;
(e) has been recommended for membership in the Group by at least two active members in good standing in the Group;
(f ) has not published fewer than five (5) original Canadian titles and has an ongoing program of at least two original Canadian titles per year, no more than 25% of which are authored by principals, directors or employees of the applicant firm;
(g) subscribes to and is willing to work on behalf of the objectives of the Group as set forth in the Letters Patent;
(h) has been in operation for at least two years from the date of publication of its first title.
(II) Associate Membership may, upon application, be open to any corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship which:
(a) meets the criteria set out in (I) above, except for criteria (f ) and (h);
(b) has in print at least two (2) original Canadian titles, neither of which is authored by principals, directors or employees of the applicant firm; has an on-going program of at least one original title per year; and, no more than 34 per cent of the publishers’ titles are authored by principals, directors or employees of the firm.
Associate members do not have the right to vote at LPG meetings, but all programs and services are open to all members. Associate members are automatically “graduated” to active member status if they meet all requirements for that level. Members may not choose to remain as associate members indefinitely.
If your organization meets these criteria and would like to apply, please fill out our application below and email the completed form to our Executive Director.