Creator Payments 2019-20

Content Separator

Statistics – February 2020

Overview of the 2019-20 PLR Program


Registered authors: 19,942

Authors receiving payments: 17,976

Eligible titles in PLR database: 85,421

Titles found: 78,232

Total amount paid to authors: $14,781,301.02

Minimum author payment: $50.00

Maximum author payment: $4,500.00

Average author payment: $822.00

Median author payment: $401.04


Distribution of Author Payments

Payments by Province and Territory (2019–20)
Province Number of authors Total Paid
Newfoundland and Labrador 244 $162,113.67
Nova Scotia 639 $441,216.74
Prince Edward Island 69 $52,440.96
New Brunswick 426 $268,657.44
Quebec 7,018 $6,395,293.39
Ontario 5,013 $3,923,352.24
Manitoba 408 $254,334.36
Saskatchewan 332 $237,280.82
Alberta 876 $721,369.70
British Columbia 2,436 $1,893,087.91
Northwest Territories 18 $11,522.95
Yukon 25 $15,306.61
Nunavut 1 $70.18
Outside Canada 471 $405,254.05
Total 17,976 $14,781,301.02

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 each participating system for all eligible titles.

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:

Year Title was Registered with PLR Payment if Title Found
Category I: 2015 to 2019 $66.84
Category II: 2010 to 2014 $53.47
Category III: 2005 to 2009 $46.79
Category IV: 1996 - 2004 $40.10

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.