On 6 October 2016, the Government of Canada (GoC) signed a contract committing to Canada’s participation as the Guest of Honour (GoH) at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.
Canada FBM2020 was then established as an entity in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL) to manage, in French and English, the role and involvement of the Canadian book publishing industry at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. Canada FBM2020 receives financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) and strategic oversight from a steering committee that includes members of PCH, the Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada, Telefilm Canada and Canada FBM2020.
As a not-for-profit organization, Canada FBM2020 is supported by an independent board of directors and is working with key government and industry partners to deliver the major elements of the GoH program. Canada FBM2020 is an entity that employs two official languages to represent English, French, and Indigenous members of the publishing industry from across Canada.