1989 - Postal subsidy for publications under threat
The Publications Distribution Assistance Program is a government subsidy to reduce the cost of distributing Canadian published material such as books, newspapers and magazines. In 1989, the Department of Communications headed by Minister of Communications Marcel Masse begins to reorganize the subsidy program. The Social Science Federation of Canada petitions their members to write Masse urging him to re-evaluate the decision to reduce the Assistance Program. Nevertheless, the Minister of Finance announces a starting $45 million reduction to the program. In 1992-1993, the government aims to replace subsidies with grants. Since much of the Assistance Program aids scholarly works, the Federations are greatly affected by the reduction. The program exists today as the Canada Periodical Fund.