Editors’ Association of Canada, National Office
505-27 Carlton St.
Toronto ON, M5B 1L2
Editors Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. Our 1,500 members and affiliates, both salaried and freelance, work with individuals in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors.
Editors Canada has six regional branches: British Columbia, Prairie Provinces, Saskatchewan, Toronto, National Capital Region, and Quebec/Atlantic Canada, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Calgary, Alberta; Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Ontario; Hamilton/Halton, Ontario; Kingston, Ontario; Nova Scotia; and Newfoundland and Labrador. Each branch and twig provides a range of local programming and services.
Editors Canada sponsors professional development seminars, promotes and maintains high standards of editing and publishing in Canada, establishes guidelines to help editors secure fair pay and good working conditions, helps both in-house and freelance editors to network, and cooperates with other publishing associations in areas of common concern.
Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence: Established in 1983 and presented annually by Editors Canada, the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence recognizes the editor’s often invisible contribution to written communication. Cash awards totalling $3,000 are made possible by Editors Canada and its generous donors.
The Claudette Upton Scholarship: Awarded for the first time in 2010, the Claudette Upton Scholarship is an annual, national award that recognizes a promising student editor. This is a $1,000 scholarship to help support continuing professional development in editing.
The Karen Virag Award: Established in 2014, the Karen Virag Award acknowledges an individual or organization’s successful efforts to raise the profile of editing in the community.
President’s Award for Volunteer Service: The Editors Canada President’s Award for Volunteer Service recognizes outstanding service to the organization, at the local or national level. From among the nominations received, the President’s Award committee selects one volunteer to receive the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.
Certification: Editors Canada’s landmark certification program sets objective standards for recognizing high levels of knowledge and skill. It’s the gold standard of editing. Successful candidates can become a Certified Proofreader, Certified Copy Editor, Certified Structural Editor or Certified Stylistic Editor. And, if they pass all four tests, they earn the Certified Professional Editor credential. Editors Canada certification gives editors official recognition of excellent editing knowledge and skill—and a marketing advantage. It also ensures employers can recruit staff and freelancers who meet industry standards—and lets them give their employees an unmatched professional development opportunity.
Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique – Réviseurs Canada (PARL): In 2015, Editors Canada launched the first French editing proficiency program in Canada. Through PARL, French-language editors will now be able to earn designations such as réviseur agréé and professionnel agréé en révision générale et comparative. French-language editors now have a tool to evaluate their competency in editing and can earn official recognition from a professional association.
Annual Conference: The highlight the Editors Canada year is its annual conference. Located in a different city each spring, the Editors Canada conference offers 30–40 programmed sessions spread out over three days, led by expert presenters and panelists. Speakers include representatives from both print and online publishing as well as government, corporate and not-for-profit communication experts. The Editors Canada conference is open to members and non-members alike, and all attendees can take advantage of networking opportunities, be it renewing old acquaintances or making new ones. It’s always a full weekend with something for everyone.
Publications: Editors Canada authors essential books—some of which have been adopted as course texts by Canadian universities— to support professional development for editors. Titles include Editing Canadian English and Meeting Professional Editorial Standards.
November 19, 2016: Editors Canada 2017 certification test administration
June 9-11, 2017: Editors Canada conference and AGM (Ottawa-Gatineau)