Nov 01, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Canada’s ethnic newspapers and magazines are just scraping by financially and their owners want more federal support.
A survey of 22 publishers and editors for the Canadian Heritage Department finds that ethnic publications are shoestring operations, relying on volunteer labour and often on the edge of bankruptcy.
As well, free online information poses a challenge as the traditional role of carrying news from home countries is undercut for these Canadian publications.
Publishers say Ottawa should do more to support them, through grants and more advertising.
The Canadian Press obtained the internal study under the Access to Information Act.
The president of an ethnic press group, Thomas Saras, says the federal government should change its grants program – to give less to mainstream media and more to Canada’s diverse linguistic publications.