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December 11, 2014

Become a Member

MagsBC offers Full (Active/Voting) Membership to magazine publishers (including e-magazines), Affiliate Membership to businesses and industry suppliers, as well as publishers whose magazines don’t meet the Full Membership criteria, and Associate and Supporting Memberships to students, magazine contributors and other individuals interested in the publishing industry.  The following is excerpted from the MagsBC Bylaws (last updated June 2012).

Read about the benefits of MABC membership here.

Membership Types:

Fee Schedule

To Apply


Full members shall be those publishers who apply for Full membership in respect of a British Columbia magazine, journal, e-zine or other periodical of a cultural, social, economic, political or artistic nature (provided that any publication deemed by the Association to be a house organ, publication circulated exclusively to a club membership, advertising catalogue, promotion publication or daily or weekly newspaper shall be ineligible) which for:

Print Magazine Membership

1.     Bases its publishing activities primarily in British Columbia;

2.     Has its effective managerial and editorial control in the hands of British Columbians; and financial control in the hands of Canadians;

3.     Uses the original work of Canadian writers, artists or photographers as a substantial part of its editorial content;

4.     Has, for a period of twelve months prior to its application, established regular frequency of publication;

5.     Has maintained accepted standards of editorial and production quality;

6.     Subscribes to and is willing to work on behalf of the objectives of the Association;

7.     Submits a complete Annual Information Form, pays the requisite membership fee, and submits one copy of each new issue of its periodical on a timely basis to the Association.

E-magazine Membership

To qualify for Full Membership, an e-magazine publication must in addition to the above (as applicable):

1.     Be at least 51% owned by legal residents of Canada (publisher or parent organization);

2.     Not have more than 50% of its editorial content composed of material that is syndicated from or reproduced from another website or publication;

3.     Not contain excessive advertising, at the Board of Directors’ discretion;

4.     Be updated regularly;

5.     Present a clearly displayed contact page that includes at minimum, the names of the editor and publisher as well as the postal address of the publication;

6.     Be a destination for users/readers rather than an email newsletter, RSS feed or similar;

7.     Maintain an editorial control system where the editor is named;

8.     Have been live for at least six months prior to application for membership.

Ineligible publications include:

·       House organs, advertising catalogues, promotion publications, daily or weekly newspapers or publications circulated primarily to a club

·       Magazines whose advertising to editorial ratio exceeds 70:30 (averaged annually)

·       Magazines who do not comply with the Canadian Magazine Industry Advertising-Editorial Guidelines

·       Members who are no longer in good standing

Applications for Full Membership shall be granted if in the opinion of the board, the applicant fulfills all the criteria.


Probationary Membership is open to publishers who meet the criteria for full membership outlined above except the duration of establishment. In order to apply for Probationary Membership, publications must submit a minimum of two issues. Probationary Members shall have the use of all services; however, such members shall not be eligible to stand for office, to vote at MagsBC meetings, and to participate in referenda. At the one-year anniversary of Probationary Membership, the board of directors will review the publication and will determine if Full Membership will be offered.


Affiliate Membership is open to publishers whose magazines are ineligible for membership and other allied and trade organizations which share the aims of the Association.  In order to be considered for Affiliate Membership, applicants must submit company information. Affiliate Members will be listed in the Magazine of Magazines and on the website and are eligible for discounts and educational services. Affiliate Members shall not be eligible to stand for office, to vote at MagsBC meetings or to participate in referenda.


Associate Membership is open to BC individuals who are allied individuals who share the aims of the association, and who are freelance publishing professionals, or students.  In order to be considered for Associate Membership, applicants will submit a bio and indicate why they wish to join MagsBC.  Associate Members can access MagsBC member services, including professional development bursaries, and attend events, conferences and workshops for free, unless otherwise stated. Associate Members shall not be eligible to to vote at MagsBC meetings or to participate in member magazine referenda, but are welcome to join the Board, a committee, or volunteer.


Supporting Membership is open to individuals who wish to join the association without applying for membership.  In return, Supporting Members get news and information, can access certain member services, and get discounts on events, conferences and workshops.  Supporting Members are not eligible to vote at MagsBC meetings or to participate in member magazine referenda, but are welcome to join the Board, a committee, or volunteer.

Annual Full/Probationary Member fees are based on a combination of print volume and frequency of publication:

Membership Fees Per Year



REVISED Full (Voting) & Probationary Members - Print -
Based on Single-Issue Print Volume Numbers and Frequency*

As of Aug. 22, 2014





10,001- 20,000

20,001- 30,000

30,001- 40,000


1-3 issues/yr: 25% discount








4-6 issues/yr








7+/yr: 25% additional dues








Full (Voting) Members-
< 10K VPM
< 100K VPM
100K+ VPM

*Where a publisher has more than one magazine as a member, the magazine with the largest circulation pays full dues. Membership fees for any additional magazines will be 25% of the full fees for those publications.

Affiliate members: $450.

Associate members: $150.

Supporting members: $50.

Administrative fee for new or returning members: $50.

* Membership fees are subject to change. All membership applications are subject to board approval.


Please review the following documents:

  1. Membership Application Form (Word)
  2. Conditions of Membership (PDF)
  3. Canadian Magazine Industry Advertising-Editorial Guidelines (PDF)

Complete the Membership Application Form. Submit along with the enclosures required for your desired membership category to

If you have questions about the application process or would prefer to receive an application package by mail, please contact the office at 604-688-1175 or

If you are a print magazine and choose to email your application, please include pdfs of your magazine issues and other materials, and follow up with the actual issues by mail.

We will acknowledge your receipt promptly, so if you don't hear back within 2 weeks of your submission, please follow up to make sure we received it.


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