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Professional Editorial Standards

Updated Professional Editorial Standards in effect January 2017

On October 1, 2016, Editors Canada members voted to approve Professional Editorial Standards 2016. This updated version of our cornerstone publication will be available on our website in mid-January 2017. Please check back in the New Year.

What do editors do? That's a question most members of the Editors' Association of Canada have been asked at one time or another, and it's the question addressed by this new edition of Professional Editorial Standards, revised and updated to reflect the skills and knowledge required by editors today.

Professional Editorial Standards is a pivotal document for Editors Canada and for the editing profession. It sets out what editors should do when performing various stages of editing. It tells employers what to expect from the editors they hire. It shows new editors the range of skills and knowledge they should aspire to. It helps Editors Canada, post-secondary institutions, and other training providers to design material, seminars, and courses on editing. And it's the foundation on which Editors Canada's professional certification of editors is built.



These standards were developed by the Professional Standards Committee of the Editors' Association of Canada, were adopted by the membership on May 6, 2009, and took effect on January 1, 2010. They will continue to be reviewed regularly. Comments and suggestions should be addressed to

Professional Standards Committee
Editors' Association of Canada
505 – 27 Carlton Street
Toronto ON M5B 1L2

Copyright © 2009 Editors' Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs