The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 285.1 KB].
The International Translation Grants program provides assistance to foreign publishers for the first translation of literary works by Canadian authors, for publication abroad. The grants support the translation of works into languages other than French or English.
Any time before the translation has been completed.
The Canada Council for the Arts will not accept incomplete applications or those submitted by fax or email.
The maximum amount available for any one title is $20,000.
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.
To apply to this program, your company must be an established publisher with an ongoing publishing program and an active backlist of at least four literary titles. Book publishing must be your company’s primary activity, not a peripheral or occasional one.
Your company must use appropriate and effective means to market, distribute and promote its books in the target-language country or countries. The Canada Council reserves the right to request proof of a contract with a distributor in the target-language country or countries.
You may apply for assistance for the translation of contemporary Canadian-authored literary works that have been professionally published. Eligible categories are poetry, fiction, drama, children’s literature (textbooks are not eligible) and literary non-fiction targeted to the general public.
The Canada Council defines literary non-fiction as narrative text about real events, people or ideas, where the writer’s voice and opinion are evident and the narrative is set within a context and a critical framework. The work should be accessible to a general reading audience and cannot be intended for a specialized or academic readership.
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