Market Expansion Fund for Book Publishers


    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 2020-21. Creative BC is committed with working with clients on solutions that will allow businesses to continue to operate during this time of uncertainty.


    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.

    Applications are currently being accepted, and deadline to apply is September 18, 2020.  Applicants will be notified in 4-6 weeks after the deadline has passed, on whether they are successful.

    2020-21 market expansion fund Guidelines

  • 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)
    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 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)