Become a Member

Join a network of British Columbia magazine publishers, professionals and volunteers working together to strengthen the BC publishing industry by creating new opportunities for professional development, access to resources and knowledge sharing for its members.

MagsBC is the leading advocate for British Columbia magazines, constantly working to raise the profile of our membership and to increase investment in the BC magazine publishing industry. Membership is open to print and online periodicals, individuals and allied industries.

Benefits of Membership

MagsBC advocates at the municipal, provincial and federal levels on behalf of BC magazine publishers and creators.

We consider the unique needs of our members when we lobby governments to provide the resources necessary for a stable and growing magazine industry in BC.

We strongly believe that magazine creators deserve the opportunity to grow, to innovate and to contribute to the cultural economy of BC and Canada.

Your involvement in MagsBC helps us advocate for you.

We look for opportunities to raise the profile of BC magazines by getting them into the hands of as many readers as we can.

In the past, we have displayed member magazines at strategic venues and events, including the BC Legislature, for BC Book Day and Creative Industries Week, and WORD Vancouver.

We also maintain member listings on our website, which raise awareness and interest in your magazine or business.

For 2021-2022, we have applied for funding for a promotional and marketing campaign which we hope to use to showcase our great member magazines and content.

We are better together!

Magazines bearing the MagsBC logo in their masthead or on their website signal to readers that their publication is part of a network of periodicals that can be trusted to meet stringent editorial and advertising criteria established by the Canadian magazine industry through its Code of Reader & Advertiser Engagement.

  • Literary magazines that are members of MagsBC may join the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) at a 20% discount for magazines with a budget of less than $50,000 USD. They can then also buy CLMP's Filemaker Pro circulation template at a discount.
  • All members except supporting may claim a number of free professional development registrations based on their membership and dues as well as discounted rates. (See under Membership Dues for details.)
  • Members can also register for Alberta Magazine Publishers Association and Magazines Canada sessions at member or discount rates.

MagsBC pairs experts in a particular area—digital marketing, budgeting, editorial or any other field—to meet with member magazines for a half-day consultation.

These are hands-on, practical sessions, with each member receiving a summary of recommendations after.

The member magazine pays a contribution toward the consultation--usually $100--and MagsBC pays the rest.

For more information, please visit our Magazine Coach Program page.

Since 2010, MagsBC has provided internship subsidies of up to 80% to our member magazines, making it easier for publishers and small teams to bring in new talent, get much-needed support and help develop the next generation of magazine professionals and other creators.

For 2021-2023, in addition to the subsidies themselves, we have requested funding to provide stipends to interns living and working in BC regions outside our major metropolitan areas to assist with recruitment.

For more information, please visit our Internship Subsidy Program page.

MagsBC regularly collaborates with a broad range of organizations to further its member-driven mandate, including:

Skill sharing is essential to driving the magazine industry forward. When experts and up-and-comers get together to exchange ideas and share experiences, the whole industry benefits.

MagsBC leads cornerstone projects and events to stimulate discussion and knowledge sharing among magazine professionals.

Normally, we offer a conference every 12-18 months, but for 2021-2023, we have decided to focus on professional development webinars, discussions, and online workshops instead.

We also plan to offer modest intensives twice a year--either virtual or in-person--featuring up to 4 sessions plus opportunities for networking.

As of February 2021, MagsBC is involved in or applying for funding for the following research:

  • The State of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the Canadian Magazine Industry (L’état de la diversité, de l’inclusion et de l’équité dans l’industrie Canadienne du magazine) - A national survey spearheaded by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association with the support of the Magazine Association of BC. The research report and findings based on the survey will be presented in July 2021 by Zenobia Jamal of Zenev and Associates. More information here.
  • Digital Content Delivery Systems in 2021 - An update and expansion to our January 2018 report by Jessica Fabrizius on the features and costs of 11 systems. Jessica will present her findings and report on February 25, 2021 at 2 p.m. at a free webinar.
  • BC Magazine Industry Sector Study - A 2-part update and expansion on the 2005 sector study. Currently waiting for notice of funding.
  • When we again have in-person events, out-of-town members may request a bursary to help with expenses to attend.
  • Your financial support helps us maintain our Resources section, which offers hundreds of links to useful and relevant articles, videos, podcasts and other materials to help you when you need it.

Is Your Publication a Magazine?

Not all online or print publications are magazines.

This list of magazine characteristics may be helpful to those wishing to join MagsBC but who don't come from a publishing background.

We have also suggested best practices in this document for magazine publishers to consider.

This content is still in draft form so we welcome input from the field about anything publishers might consider problematic or missing from either list.

Membership Types

MagsBC offers a variety of memberships to meet the needs of BC magazines and publishing professionals.

Full (voting) membership is available to publishers of a British Columbia magazine, journal, digital magazine, or other periodical of a cultural, social, economic, political or artistic nature.

Full (voting) members shape the strategies and messages we deliver to key stakeholders and funding organizations and tap into the broadest range of programs and subsidies that we offer.

You can see our members here.

Ineligible publications include:

  • House organs, advertising catalogues, promotion publications, daily or weekly newspapers, or publications circulated primarily to a club
  • Magazines where advertising to editorial ratio exceeds 70:30 (averaged annually)
  • Magazines who do not comply with the Magazines Canada's Code of Reader & Advertiser Engagement
  • Members who are no longer in good standing

Only parties with full membership are eligible to vote at MagsBC meetings or to participate in referenda. Parties with other types of memberships are welcome to get involved by joining the board, by participating in a committee, or by volunteering.

To qualify for full (voting) membership, in addition to the above general requirements, a print magazine publication is eligible, if it:

  • Conducts its publishing activities primarily in British Columbia
  • Has its effective managerial and editorial control in the hands of BC residents and financial control in the hands of Canadians
  • Uses the original work of Canadian writers, artists or photographers as a substantial part of its editorial content
  • Has established regular frequency of publication for a period of twelve months prior to its application
  • Has maintained accepted standards of editorial and production quality
  • Endorses, and is willing to work on behalf of, the objectives of the Association
  • Adds the Association as a subscriber
  • Submits a complete Annual Information Form, and
  • Pays the requisite membership dues

Fill out our membership application form here.

To qualify for full membership, in addition to the above general and print magazine requirements (other than a subscription, if not available), a digital publication must:

  • Be at least 51% owned by legal residents of Canada (publisher or parent organization)
  • Publish at least 50% original content
  • Not contain excessive advertising, at the Board of Directors’ discretion
  • Be updated regularly
  • 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
  • Be a destination for users/readers rather than an email newsletter, RSS feed or similar
  • Maintain an editorial control system where the editor is named
  • Have been live for at least six months prior to application for membership

Fill out our membership application form here.

Probationary membership is open to publishers who meet the criteria for full membership outlined above, except for the duration of establishment or accepted standards of editorial and production quality.

Publications must show that they have consistently posted original content for at least three months.

Probationary members are entitled to all services that help them become eligible to apply for full (voting) membership within the year and are welcome to join the board or a committee, or volunteer. They are not eligible to vote at MagsBC meetings or to participate in referenda.

The MagsBC Board of Directors will review the publication after one year and determine if full (voting) membership can be offered.

Fill out our membership application form here.

Affiliate membership is open to publishers whose magazines are ineligible for membership, as well as to other allied and trade organizations that share the aims of the Association.

Affiliate members will be listed on the website and are eligible for free and discount registrations.

Fill out our affiliate membership application form here.

Associate membership is open to BC individuals who share the aims of the Association and who are professionals or students in publishing or a related field.

Associate members can access MagsBC member services, including professional development bursaries, and attend association events for free or at a discount.

Fill out our associate membership application form here.

Supporting membership is open to individuals who wish to join the Association without applying for membership.

Supporting members get news and information, can access certain member services, and receive discounts on events, conferences and workshops.

Fill out our supporting membership form here.

FULL (VOTING) MEMBER MAGAZINES
Includes access to all programs and services

- Print Magazines

  • Up to 15,000 copies per year: $150
    Includes up to 5 free registrations to professional development sessions
  • 15,001-50,000 copies per year: $225
    Includes up to 10 free registrations to professional development sessions
  • 50,000-250,000 copies per year: $300
    Includes up to 15 free registrations to professional development sessions or up to 5 plus a small ad in our delegate kit
  • 250,001-1 million copies per year: $375
    Includes up to 20 free registrations to professional development sessions or up to 10 plus a small ad in our delegate kit
  • 1 million or more copies per year: $450
    Includes up to 25 free registrations to professional development sessions or up to 10 plus a large ad in our delegate kit

- Digital Magazines

  • Less than 100,000 unique visitors per year: $150
    Includes up to 5 free registrations to professional development sessions
  • 100,000-250,000 unique visitors per year: $225
    Includes up to 10 free registrations to professional development sessions
  • 250,000-500,000 unique visitors per year: $300
    Includes up to 15 free registrations to professional development sessions or 5 plus a small ad in our delegate kit
  • 500,000-1 million unique visitors per year: $375
    Includes up to 20 free registrations to professional development sessions or 10 plus a small ad in our delegate kit
  • 1 million+ unique visitors per year: $450
    Includes up to 25 free registrations to professional development sessions or 10 plus a large ad in our delegate kit

PROBATIONARY MEMBERS
Probationary members pay the same dues as full members.

AFFILIATE MEMBERS (ineligible publications and allied organizations): $300
Includes up to 15 free registrations to professional development sessions or 5 and a small ad in one of our handouts or a mention during one of our professional development sessions.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: $100/year from date accepted and dues paid. Includes up to 5 free registrations to professional development sessions.

All full, affiliate, associate and probationary members are also given a profile page on our website.

A one-time administration fee of $50 is charged for new magazine members and affiliates, and $25 to returning members, but not to associate and supporting (individual) members.

SUPPORTING MEMBERS: $25/year from the date the dues are paid. Includes discounts to all of our professional development events as well as Alberta Magazine Publisher Association and Magazines Canada events.

Membership dues are subject to change.

More Details on Dues and Memberships

  • All membership applications except for supporting memberships are subject to board approval.
  • New magazine members and affiliates will pay dues prorated on the date they are notified of acceptance, based on a calendar year. New members joining September or later will be assessed prorated dues for that year plus full dues for the year following.
  • Where a publisher has more than one magazine as a member, the magazine with the largest circulation pays full dues. Membership dues for any additional magazines will be 25% of the full dues.