Canadian Books in Schools

What is the issue?

TWUC believes Canadian writing is a valuable and necessary resources for education in Canada. 

A great deal of research has been performed over many years to reveal a rather distressing picture. Very little Canadian writing makes it into official curricula across the country, or onto post-secondary reading lists. A 2017 study by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization records only three Canadian-authored books in the top twenty books mentioned by surveyed educators.

What TWUC is doing

Getting more Canadian books in Canadian classrooms has been a cause the Union has supported since the very beginnings of the organization. 

In recent years the Union created a Curriculum Task Force to survey research into Canadian books in schools. Recommendations from that task force prompted TWUC’s books-in-schools letter-writing campaign, begun in 2019 and aimed at provincial Ministers of Education. TWUC would like to see provincial/territorial legislation across the country mandating minimum standards for Canadian books in schools, and greater cooperation from those authorities who set curricula.

We also encourage specific federal and provincial/territorial funding mechanisms to increase the number of Canadian books accepted into Canadian classrooms. With funding from the Ontario Arts Council, TWUC has for many years administered the Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program which places Canadian authors in Ontario classrooms (now virtually when a physical visit is not viable).

What you can do

The letter-writing campaign is still active. Write a letter from our template example today. There is never a bad time to write to your member of provincial/territorial parliament/legislature and remind them that access to Canadian-specific readings as part of official curricula is an important part of building and protecting a national culture.

Further reading


TWUC’s advocacy is most effective as the collective voice of Canada’s professional authors. We are stronger together. If you are not already a member of TWUC and are working as a writer, consider joining the Union. If you wish to support TWUC’s advocacy outside of membership, consider donating to the Union