The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) is a not-for-profit National Arts Service Organization and a registered charitable organization. CANSCAIP supports and promotes the professional development of our membership through monthly meetings, webinars, writing competitions, conferences, newsletters, and other programs. 

As well as 400+ Members who are professionally published authors or illustrators, CANSCAIP has 600+ associate Friends who are emerging or self-published writers or illustrators, and also include teachers, librarians,  publishers, parents, and others.

CANSCAIP grew out of a Canada Day conference in 1977, organized by the Port Colborne Public Library. Eleven creators for children—writers Claire Mackay, Jean Little, Madeline Freeman, Audrey McKim, Madeline Kronby, Bert Williams, Mike Wilkins and Nancy Cleaver; illustrators Alan Daniel and J. Merle Smith; and performer C. Sam LaBrecque—had been invited to share their expertise. Many were strangers to each other, and they all realized they needed (and wanted) to know others working in their field. Out of this need for professional connections, CANSCAIP was born. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2017.

Membership and Events

For over 40 years, CANSCAIP has offered professional development, information sharing, and collegial connections for creators focused on young readers and audiences. Authors, illustrators and performers for children and teens are the foundation of our membership. 

CANSCAIP provides an informative quarterly newsletter, a website with professional Member pages, monthly meetings, webinars, the Writing for Children Competition, and two highly-regarded conferences, Packaging Your Imagination (Toronto, annual) and Prairie Horizons (Saskatchewan, bi-annual). 

Our membership includes 400+ professional Members and 600+ associate Friends.