Creator Payments 2017-18

Content Separator

Statistics – February 2018

Overview of the 2017-2018 PLR Program

Registered authors: 21,565

Authors receiving payments: 17,553

Eligible titles in PLR database: 101,477

Titles found: 87,083

Total amount paid to authors: $9,765,635.23

Minimum author payment: $50.00

Maximum author payment: $3,552.50

Average author payment: $556.00

Median author payment: $253.80

Distribution of Author Payments

Payments by Province and Territory (2017–2018)
Province Number of authors Total Paid
Newfoundland and Labrador 227 $87,865.93
Nova Scotia 621 $253,661.95
Prince Edward Island 66 $30,067.04
New Brunswick 380 $156,088.99
Quebec 6,740 $4,542,527.03
Ontario 5,075 $2,569,338.84
Manitoba 393 $143,573.26
Saskatchewan 299 $137,591.69
Alberta 797 $390,477.47
British Columbia 2,382 $1,151,992.30
Northwest Territories 16 $8,193.02
Yukon 24 $7,992.92
Nunavut 1 $76.14
Outside Canada 532 $286,188.65
Total 17,553 $9,765,635.23

Library sampling

PLR payments are determined based on how often a title shows up in an annual survey of select public library system catalogues across Canada. We survey seven public library systems in each official language.

Calculating the payments

PLR payments are calculated using a four-category payment scale. The categories correspond to the number of years that a title has been registered with the program. This year, for any title found in the PLR’s library sampling, the payment was calculated as follows:

Number of Years Title Registered with PLR Payment if Title Found
Category I: 2013 to 2017 $50.75
Category II: 2008 to 2012 $40.60
Category III: 2003 to 2007 $35.52
Category IV: 1986 - 2002 $25.38

The amounts in this scale apply to authors claiming 100% of a PLR payment. In situations where there is more than one eligible contributor to a book, payment is calculated based on the percentage of the book’s content that was claimed.

Re-Activated Files: An author whose file is re-activated will receive payments based on the category corresponding to the original date of registration of their titles.