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Place of creation


ca. 6.60 m of textual records

Scope and content

This is a preliminary record, please consult the linked accessions. Series consists of records created and/or maintained by Books Canada. The series includes administrative, operational and some financial records of Books Canada, including minutes, reports, ledgers, service agreements, procedures, and correspondence. The records document the relationship between Books Canada and the AECB, the management of foreign book centres and the promotion of Canadian books abroad, and the corporate relationship between Books Canada and the Canadian publishing industry.

Textual records
32: Restricted by law
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Biography / Administrative history

On 11 February 1972, the Canadian government announced a program of federal aid to assist the Canadian publishing industry in setting up marketing agencies to export books to the united states, France, and the United Kingdom. To develop the new facilities and systems, and to implement and administer the new program, the Association for the Export of Canadian books (AECB) was chartered under the Companies act of Canada as a non-profit, no-share capital Corporation. Financial sponsorship for the AECB was provided by the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce through the Cultural Industries Division, Textiles and Consumer Products Branch. To fulfill the mandate outlined in its charter, the AECB formed three separate consortia: Books Canada Inc. (U.S.), Livres du Canada S.A. (France), Books Canada Ltd. (U.K.). collectively known as Books Canada, the program established an expanded foreign market for Canadian books through the commercial operation of book centres and representation at international book fairs. Books Canada ceased fulfilment activities on 31 may 1977 and closed shortly thereafter, on 14 October 1977.

Additional information

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the series.

Further accruals are expected.

Related materials
Related records may also be found in found in block 43 (Textiles and Consumer Products Branch) in the central registry records series (MIKAN 134225, R208-7-X-E, RG20-C-1).


Related control no.

1. 1984-85/666 GAD
2. OFRC#78-248 OFRC
3. RG20