On 6 October 2016, the Government of Canada signed a contract committing itself 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.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Canada’s plans as GoH were impacted. On July 7th, 2020 the Government of Canada and the Frankfurter Buchmesse announced the official postponement of Canada’s Guest of Honour role to 2021. Canada FBM2020 receives financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and strategic oversight from an independent Board of Directors and works with key partners in government and the industry to deliver the major elements of the Guest of Honour program.
The entity is a member of the Frankfurt 2020 steering committee, which oversees the GoH project, and includes representatives of PCH, the Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada, the Embassy of Canada to Germany, and Telefilm Canada. Canada FBM2020 is an entity that uses both official languages to represent English, French, and Indigenous members of the publishing industry from across Canada.