• Supporting Authors

    Over 17,000 Canadian authors receive a payment each year

  • Celebrating Libraries

    We support and celebrate public access to Canadian content in libraries

  • Enriching Readers and Listeners

    The lives of readers and listeners are enriched by works that benefit from PLR payments

Edmonton Public Library – Mill Woods Branch

The Public Lending Right (PLR) Program sends yearly payments to creators whose works are in Canada’s public libraries. The PLR Commission oversees the program.

Registration is currently closed.

Registration opens February 15, 2023. Notify me when registration opens!

Who can sign up?

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Writers
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Translators
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Illustrators
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Narrators
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Photographers
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Editors

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Already Signed up?

Ann YK Choi

As a high school teacher, I’ve always encouraged young people to visit public libraries. Now, as a published author, I’m thankful to the PLR program that financially benefits Canadian creators whose works are available for the enjoyment of all.

-Ann YK Choi, Author
Toronto ON

Naomi Wakan

February blues . . . overcoming my writer’s block the annual PLR cheque inside, a PLR cheque first sign of Spring how generous a land that supports its writers so

-Naomi Wakan, Poet, Essayist
Gabriola BC


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Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec  -  Grande Bibliothèque, Montréal

Program News

Public Lending Right Annual Report 2021-22

30 June 2022

This report provides details of the $15M author payment budget, the delivery of PLR cheques during the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the further expansion of the program’s library sampling exercise. The report also features an illustrated preview of Ādisōke, the new joint facility shared by Library and Archives Canada and Ottawa Public Library that is expected to open its doors to the public in 2026.

Download this report PDF | 2.5 MB

Message from the Chair of the PLR Commission

28 February 2022

In last year’s message, I said, “the last year has been hard on the literary community and the arts world in general.” This time around, I am afraid I should say years instead.

Creator Payments 2021-22

28 February 2022

The most recent Program results.