Are you eligible?
You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Type of Creator
You must be a:
- Editor (note: only editors with original written contributions qualify)
- Illustrator, or
Is your book eligible?
Print and e-books
- Your book must be a printed book or e-book published in the last five years (i.e.: from January 1, 2018 to May 1, 2023) with a new 13-digit ISBN. Not sure if your book has an ISBN?
- Your book must be at least 48 pages long (24 for a children’s book)
- Your book must be published in physical media format (CD) or digital download (MP3) in the last five years (i.e.: from January 1, 2018 to May 1, 2023) with a new 13-digit ISBN. Not sure if your book has an ISBN?
- Children’s literature
- Scholarly work
- Practical books — Cookbooks, self-help, “how-to” guides, travel guides, manuals, reference works, etc.
- Educational books — textbooks, books resulting from a conference, seminar or symposium
- Periodicals — Newspapers, magazines
- As a new title: a second or subsequent edition of an eligible book, unless at least 50% of this edition constitutes completely new text, not revised text;
- a practical book giving advice or instructions, a self-help or “how-to” book; a manual or guidebook on any subject (e.g. travel, nature, cookbook, etc.);
- a professional guide such as legal, technical, medical, scientific, pedagogical, accounting or financial guide;
- a book designed primarily for an educational market;
- a list of any kind or short segments of information are brought together in a list format (directory, index, compilation, bibliography, dictionary, atlas, encyclopaedia, genealogy, etc.);
- a book resulting from a conference, seminar or symposium;
- the catalogue of an exhibition;
- a newspaper, magazine or periodical;
- an unpublished work (e.g. thesis, manuscript);
- DVD or podcast;
- as a new title: a second or subsequent edition of an eligible book, unless at least 50% of this edition constitutes completely new text, not revised text;
- a report, survey or program evaluation;
- a title prepared for or published by a governmental or paragovernmental organization, institution or corporation;
- wholly or mainly a musical score;
- a calendar, agenda, colouring book, quiz book or game;
- a book created for your employer in the course of your employment;
- A machine narrated audiobook;
- A digital bundle of previously published books.
Is your contribution eligible?
- There can be no more than six contributors to the book (this excludes editors and translators, but includes illustrators, photographers, and narrators).
- Your contribution to the book comprises at least 10% of the length of the book.
- Your name must be on the title page or copyright page.
If you are the sole creator of a book, you may claim the whole PLR payment. If your book is an adaptation, you may claim 50%.
If your book has been translated, or is available in audio format, you may claim up to 50% for each translated or narrated version. You must register each translated version separately.
If you are a co-author, calculate your share according to the size of your contribution.
You may claim a percentage of the PLR payment. The percentage will depend on the space your photos or illustrations take up in the book.
For children’s picture books (24-32 pages), you may claim 50% of the payment (33% if a translator also worked on the project.)
You may claim up to 50% of the total PLR payment for most titles.
For illustrated children’s books (24-32 pages), you may claim 33%.
For translated audiobooks, you may claim 33%.
If more than one translator is involved, you must divide the percentage share among the translators.
You may claim up to 50% of the potential PLR payment.
For translated audiobooks, you may claim 33%.
If more than one narrator is involved, you must divide the percentage share among the narrators.
You must have contributed original written work which amounts to at least 10% of the book’s text. This can be a preface, an afterword, notes on the text or another written contribution in the body of the book. The work must be identified as yours in the table of contents. Notes on the contributors, indices, timelines, glossaries, bibliographies or tables of contents do not count.
Your name must be on the title page or copyright page.
If we decide your book is not eligible for the program and you disagree, you can appeal the decision by
- sending us a copy of the work, and
- submitting a letter explaining how it meets the eligibility criteria.
The copy will be returned to you after the appeal process.
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