Market Expansion Fund for Book Publishers

The Market Expansion Fund replaces the Passport to Markets program for book publishers. This program provides financial support for BC book publishers to attend select book fairs, conferences and events for the purpose of promoting their publishing list in both foreign and domestic markets, expanding business opportunities through foreign and subsidiary rights sales and the development of digital marketing materials or campaigns. Companies will be allotted up to $10,000* per fiscal year (April 1–March 31), for activities that meet the standards and program objectives and deemed eligible by Creative BC.

(*Note that additional funds are available for publishers attending Frankfurt Book Fair and Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association events. See Guidelines.)

Applications closed on September 17, 2021.  Applicants will be notified in 4-6 weeks after the deadline has passed, on whether they are successful.



Creative BC acknowledges the unprecedented challenges the creative industries are facing due to the global impact of COVID-19. As a result, changes have been made to the Market Expansion Fund for fiscal year 2021-22. Creative BC is committed with working with clients on solutions that will allow businesses to continue to operate during this time of uncertainty.


  • Pre-approved tradeshows/BOOK FAIRS/market events for Creative BC Market Expansion Fund

    Livres Canada Books lists the dates for the major events here:


    Within Canada

    Alberta Book Fair

    Alberta Library Conference

    Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Book Fair

    Atlantic Public Library Association Conference

    Canadian Association of Theatre Research Conference

    Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

    London (ON) Book Fair

    Montreal Book Fair

    Northern Book Fair

    Ontario Library Association Superconference

    Ottawa Book Fair

    Reading for the Love of It (Language Arts Conference)

    Salon du Livre

    Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)

    Toronto Gift Show

    Total Health Show

    Word on the Street - Toronto


    (Up to 50% or $2000 in support, whichever is less)

    Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

    Academy of Management

    Affordable Art Fair (AAF)

    Algiers International Book Fair

    American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting

    American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting

    American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting

    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Experience National Conference & Exhibition

    American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting

    American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting

    American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Conference

    American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress

    American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention

    American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting & Exhibition

    American Association of Family & Consumer Studies Annual

    American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference

    American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference &Exhibition

    American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Annual Convention

    American Association of University Presses (AAUP) Annual Meeting

    American Booksellers Association (Children’s Institute)

    American Booksellers Association (Winter Institute)

    American Burn Association (ABA) Annual Meeting

    American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Meeting

    American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS)

    American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)

    American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championships

    American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention / World Languages Expo

    American Diabetes Association (ADA) EXPO / Scientific Sessions

    American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting

    American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) AHMA

    American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Design Exposition

    American International Toy Fair

    American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference / Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition

    American Literature Association Conference

    American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition

    American Philosophical Association (APA) divisional annual meetings

    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Conference & Exposition

    American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Annual Scientific Meeting

    American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting & Exhibition

    American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting

    American Society for Ethnohistory

    American Society for Theatre Research

    American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) International / TechKnowledge Conference

    American Society of Criminology (ASC) Annual Meeting

    American Society of Hypertension (ASH) Annual Scientific Meeting & Exposition

    American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting

    American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting

    American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting

    Annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care

    Annual Southeast Regional Character Education

    Antwerp Book Fair

    Arizona State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA) Conference

    Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ) Conference

    Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Annual Conference

    Art Paris Art Fair

    Asian Pacific Physical Education Conference

    Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting

    Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS) Annual Conference

    Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) Biennial Conference

    Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION

    Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) Annual Conference

    Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference & Exhibit

    Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)

    Association of International Schools in Africa

    Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) Convention & Trade Show

    Association of Theatre for Higher Education

    Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference & Bookfair

    Australian Booksellers Association Conference & Trade Exhibition

    Baker & Taylor Vendor Summit Meeting

    Beijing International Book Fair

    Beirut Francophone Book Fair

    Beirut International Arab Book Fair

    Belgrade Book Fair

    Berkshire Conference on the History of Women (triennial)

    Better Living Show

    Birdwatch America Expo

    Bogota International Book Fair

    Bologna Children’s Book Fair

    BookExpo America

    Books and Publishing Knowledge Community International Conference on Books and Publishing

    Book World Prague

    Bouchercon World Mystery Convention & Trade Show

    Bratislava Biennial of Illustrations (BIB)

    Brisbane Writers Festival

    British Association for Canadian Studies Annual Conference

    British Women Writers Conference

    Brooklyn Book Festival

    Brussels Book Fair

    BuchBasel International Book and Literature Festival

    Buenos Aires Book Fair

    Cairo International Book Fair

    California Art Education Association (CAEA) Annual State Conference

    California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Annual Conference

    California Council for Adult Education State Conference

    California Language Teachers Association Annual Conference

    California Library Association (CLA) Conference

    California Mathematics Council (CMC) Central Conference

    California Reading Association (CRA) Professional Development Institute

    Canon Law Society of America (CSLA) Convention

    Cape Town Book Fair

    Casablanca International Book Fair (SIEL)

    Cascadia Poetry Festival

    Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Conference

    Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) Conference

    Certiport PATHWAYS Global Partner Summit (GPS)

    Chain Drug Marketing Association (CDMA) Annual Trade Expo

    Charleston Conference

    Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)

    Chicago Flower and Garden Show

    Chicago International Remainder & Overstock Book Exposition (CIROBE)

    Chicago Printer Row Lit Fest

    Children’s Book Salon (New York)

    Christian Booksellers Association of Australia (CBAA) Convention

    Cities Alive Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference

    Colères du Présent, Salon du livre d’expression populaire et de critique sociale

    College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Conference

    Colorado Art Education Association (CAEA) Conference

    Comex Exposium Salon Mondial du Tourisme (Paris)

    Comic-Con International

    Comic-Con International Alternative Press Expo

    Comic-Con International WonderCon

    Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conference

    Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) Commonwealth Law Conference

    ComptTIA Annual Member Meeting

    Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) Conference

    Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Convention

    Congrès international des recherches féministes francophones

    Conservatoire contemporain de Littérature Orale (CLiO) Festival EPOS

    Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference & Expo

    Crocmilivre Salon du livre jeunesse Dijon

    Dakar International Book Fair

    Denver Merchandise Mart Tradeshow

    Diabetes UK Professional Conference

    Digital Book World Conference

    Digital Publishing Innovation Summit

    Distance Teaching & Learning

    dOCUMENTA Exhibition

    East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) Annual Conference

    East London Comics and Arts Festival

    ECRM Market-Gate Education

    Edinburgh International Book Festival

    Educatec-Educatice (Paris)

    Educational Book & Media Association (EDMA) Annual conference

    Entertainment Software Association (ESA) E3 Expo

    Escale du Livre (Bordeaux)

    Été du Livre (Metz)

    Étonnants Voyageurs - Festival international du livre et du film

    European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Annual Conference

    European Film Market (EFM) Exhibition

    Federation of Children’s Book Groups Annual Conference & Exhibits (UK)

    Feria internacional del Libro de Mineria

    Feria Internacional del Libro en Guatemala

    Festival de la Parole Poétique (Moëlan-Sur-Mer)

    Festival du Conte du Château d’Oléron

    Festival du Conte en Uzège

    Festival du livre et de la presse d’écologie (Paris)

    Festival international de la Bande Dessinée (Angoulême)

    Fête du livre de Saint-Étienne

    Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Conference

    Florida State Music Teachers Association (FSMTA) Conference

    Foire du livre de Brive

    Frances Clark Centre for Keyboard Pedagogy National Conference (NCKP)

    Frankfurt Book Fair

    FutureBook Conference

    Future of Education Technology (FETC) Conference

    Geneva International Fair for Books and Press

    German Studies Association Conference

    Global Exchange and Green America Green Festival

    Gothenburg (Göteborg) Book Fair

    Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) Heartland Fall Forum

    Green Building Council Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

    Guadalajara International Book Fair

    Havana International Book Fair

    Heartland Fall Forum (Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association,)

    Helsinki Book Fair

    History of Science Society (HSS) Annual Meeting

    Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair

    Humanities Montana Festival of the Book

    Humanities Tennessee Southern Festival of Books

    Institut de linguistique française Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française (biennale)

    Inter American Press Association (IAPA) Mid-year Meeting

    International Academy on Law and Mental Health (IALMH) International Congress

    International Association of Culinary Professionals

    International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) Annual Conference

    International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Congress

    International Conference on Thinking Annual Conference

    International Congress on Medieval Studies

    International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) Book Conference

    International Food Bloggers Conference

    International French Travel Market (IFTM) ITFM Top Resa

    International Home and Housewares Show

    International Literacy Association Annual Convention

    International New Age Trade Show West (INATS West)

    International News Media Association (INMA) World Congress

    International Physical Literacy Conference

    International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference and Exposition

    International Society for the Sociology of Religion (SISR-ISSR) Biennial Conference

    International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention

    Inuit Studies Conference

    Istanbul Book Fair

    ITB Asia - The Trade Show for the Asian Travel Market

    ITB Berlin Convention

    Jerusalem International Book Fair

    Kolkata Book Fair

    LA Book Festival

    LitLit (Los Angeles)

    Language Show Live (London)

    Law and Society Association Conference

    League for Innovation in the Community College Innovations Conference

    Left Forum Conference

    Leipzig Book Fair

    León National Book Fair (FeNaL)

    Liber International Book Fair (Barcelona and Madrid)

    Licensing Expo

    Literal Barcelona

    Livres en Folie (Haiti)

    London Book Fair

    Louisiana Foreign Language Teacher's Association Conference

    Marché de la poésie de Namur (Wallonie)

    Marché de la poésie de Paris

    Marché de la poésie de Rochefort sur Loire

    Maryland Association for Adult & Continuing Education Conference

    Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting

    Miami Book Fair International

    Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) Annual Conference

    Microsoft World Partner Conference

    Mid America Horticultural Trade Show (Mid Am)

    Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) Heartland Fall Forum

    Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention

    Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Energy Fair

    Minneapolis Home & Garden Show

    Minnesota Environmental Partnership Living Green Expo

    Modernist Studies Association (MSA) Conference

    Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention

    Moscow International Book Fair

    Mother Earth News Fair

    Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA) Trade Show

    Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), Art Festival

    Museum Store Association (MSA) Conference & Expo

    Musicora, le salon de la musique classique

    Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference

    Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Annual Convention

    National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) Annual Conference

    National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention

    National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Annual Conference

    National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Conference

    National Association for the Education of Young Children

    National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Annual Conference

    National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) Annual Conference

    National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Trade show

    National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON) Congress

    National Association of Orthopedic Technologists (NAOT) Meeting-Symposium

    National Bioneers Conference

    National Book Network Sales Conference

    National Business Education Association (NBEA) Annual Convention

    National Coalition for Aviation & Space Education (NCASE) National Conferences

    National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention

    National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference

    National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Conference

    National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference and Arts Education Expo

    National Head Start Association (NHSA) Annual Conference

    National Middle School Association (AMLE) Annual Conference

    National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) Ed Expo

    National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) School Equipment Show

    National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference

    National Space Society (NSS) Annual Conference

    National Stationary Show

    National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference

    Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual Meeting

    Natural Products Expo Annual Exhibition

    Near South East Asia (NESA) Council of Overseas Schools Conferences and Institutes

    New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Annual Conference

    New Delhi World Book Fair

    New England Grows Exhibition/Trade Show

    New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) Annual Conference

    New England Reading Association (NERA) Annual Conference

    New York Art Book Fair Annual Exhibition

    New York International Gift Fair Annual Trade show

    New York Public Library Book Buzz

    New York Rights Fair

    New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSAT) Annual Conference

    Non/Fiction Book Fair (Moscow)

    North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Annual Conference

    North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) Annual Conference

    North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Annual Conference

    North Dakota State University (NDSU) Northern Great Plains History Conference

    Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) Annual Conference

    Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCBIA) Tradeshow

    Northwest Bookfest

    Nuremberg Toy Fair

    Ohio Association for Career and Technology Ohio (ACTE) Connections to Education Conference

    Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Annual Conference

    Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) CENTS (Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show) Marketplace

    Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Annual Conference

    Outdoor Retailer Winter/Summer Market Tradeshow

    Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) Homebuilding Tradeshow

    Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Events

    Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) Annual Labor History Conference

    Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) Annual Conference

    Palace of Mines International Book Fair (FILPM) Mexico

    Pop Culture Association of the South

    Portland Book Festival

    Printemps du livre de Grenoble

    Public Library Association (PLA) Conference

    Publishers Association of the West (PubWest) Conference

    Puls’Art Le Mans Manifestation internationale d’Art contemporain

    Quais du Polar

    Readercon Annual Conference

    Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA) Annual Conference

    Religious Book Trade Exhibit (RBTE) Tradeshow

    Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Conference

    Rendez-vous de l’histoire (Blois)

    Retail Print Music Dealers Association (RPMDA) Annual Convention

    Rio de Janeiro International Book Fair (biennial)

    Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association (RMABA) Book and Paper Fair

    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Convention

    Salon du livre du Mans

    Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse Seine-Saint-Denis

    Salon du livre gourmand de Périgueux

    Salon du Polar (Montigny-lès-Cormeilles, France)

    Salon Européen de l’Éducation

    Salon international de la Poésie en Pays de George Sand

    Salon international du livre d’Abidjan

    Salon Livre Paris

    Salon Marjolaine (Paris)

    School Libraries Group (SLG) conference (UK)

    Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) Eaton Science Fiction Conference

    Seattle Gift Show

    Seoul International Book Fair

    Shanghai International Children's Book Fair

    Sharjah International Book Fair

    Small Press Expo (SPX)

    Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting

    Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) Annual Meeting

    Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Annual Convention

    Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meeting

    Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Annual convention

    Society of Illustrators MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) Fest

    Southern Conference on Language Teaching Annual Conference

    Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Tradeshow

    Staff Development for Educators (SDE) National Conferences

    Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE)

    Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Convention

    Texas Computer Education Association

    Texas Library Association Annual Conference

    Texas Music Teachers Association Annual Convention

    Thessaloniki International Book Fair

    Tokyo International Book Fair

    Tokyo International Comic Festival

    Transworld Halloween and Attractions show

    Tunis International Book Fair

    Turin International Book Fair

    Typo International Design Talks

    Utopiales Nantes International Science-Fiction Festival

    Venice Biennale

    Vilnius Book Fair / Baltic Book Fair

    Voix de la Méditerranée, Festival de poésie

    Warsaw International Book Fair

    Washington Library Media Association Conference

    Western History Association Annual Conference

    Women Writing the West Conference

    Workforce Council Workforce Innovation Conference

    World Association of Newspapers and Newspaper Publishers (WAN-IFRA) World Publishing Expo (IFRA Expo & Conference)

    World Association of Women Entrepreneur Congress (FCEM)

    World Bridge Federation (WBF) World Championships

    World Cookbook Fair

    World Education Market

    World Fantasy Convention

    World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Convention (Worldcon)

    World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum

    Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society Annual Conference

    Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Young Adult Literature Symposium

    Youth Library Group (YLG) National Conference (UK)