The Public Lending Right (PLR) Commission mails over 15,000 cheques to authors

Ottawa, February 16, 2007 – We are pleased to announce that the 2007 PLR cheques were mailed to registered authors on February 14, 2007. In total, 15,417 authors were issued cheques and the average payment was $588. The total amount of the payments was $9,062,475.61.

PLR payments are issued to authors in recognition of the presence of their eligible books in Canadian public libraries. The payments are determined by sampling the holdings of a selection of public libraries across the country.

This year, 640 authors received their first PLR payment. A total of 3,788 new eligible books were registered in the program in 2006. The maximum payment per title declined from $287.35 (in 2006) to $281.05, due to the combined impact of an ever increasing number of registered titles, and a budget that does not grow at the same rate.

The distribution of payments by province follows:

Province or territory                       

Amount

Alberta                      

$395,202.33

British Columbia             

$1,198,589.82

Manitoba                     

$177,016.49

New Brunswick                

$152,549.96

Newfoundland and Labrador    

$98,161.24

Northwest Territories         

$4,105.34

Nova Scotia                  

$233,331.73

Nunavut Territory            

$1,939.68

Ontario                      

$2,791,813.22

Prince Edward Island         

$32,686.47

Quebec                       

$3,494,566.01

Saskatchewan                  

$166,495.48

Yukon Territory              

$8,204.29

Outside Canada                        

$307,813.55

Authors have the opportunity to register new eligible books from February 15 until May 1, 2007.