• 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, 2022. Notify me when registration opens!

Who can sign up?

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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


Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec  -  Grande Bibliothèque, Montréal

Program News

Creator Payments 2020-21

15 February 2021

The most recent Program results.

Message from the Chair of the PLR Commission

15 February 2021

The last year has been hard on the literary community and the arts world in general. But we must continue, persevere and find ways to keep working and believing.

PLR Payment and Income Tax - Useful Information for Recipients

15 February 2021

In order to provide some basic information to program registrants concerning the treatment of these payments by the Canada Revenue Agency, we have prepared the following overview.

Public Lending Right Annual Report 2019-2020

10 July 2020

This report includes information about the second installment of new funds to the program’s budget, the inclusion of audiobooks, as well as the statistical activity report for 2019-2020.

Download this report PDF | 9.3 MB