The Canada Council for the Arts distributes annual payments to Canadian authors through the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program as compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries.
Eligible work includes original writing, translation, illustration, and photography contained in library books across a range of literary and scholarly genres.
The professional expertise of the PLR Commission serves to provide oversight and guidance to the criteria and operations of the PLR Program.
The PLR registration period will open on
February 15, 2017.
Registration period: 15 February to 1 May 2017
Registrations received outside of the registration period will NOT be accepted and will be returned to the sender.
The PLR cycle takes a full year to complete.PLR payments will be mailed out to registered authors who quality on February 15th. We will include a personalized File Update form, which we ask you to use to submit new titles or new editions or formats of already registered titles.
Registration forms for new authors will be downloadable from this website during the registration period. If you are not already registered, and would like to receive an e-mail notice on February 15th 2017 when the registration forms are available on our website, please click here.
Annual Report 2015-16 (pdf, 2 MB) - June 2016
2015-16 Author Payments - February 2016