Nearly 15,000 authors receive cheques as Public Lending Right (PLR) Commission celebrates 20th birthday

Ottawa, - February 21, 2006 – A total of 14,972 writers, translators and illustrators have been issued payments of over $9 million from the Public Lending Right (PLR) Commission this year, as part of its program of payments to Canadian authors for the presence of their books in public libraries.

Poet, novelist, and PLR Chair Carole David said “The twentieth birthday of the PLR is truly something for authors across Canada to celebrate. The presence of their books in public libraries, available to readers without cost, is an extraordinary benefit to this country. The PLR program recognizes that fact.”

PLR payments are determined by sampling the holdings of a selection of libraries across the country. This year, 631 first-time PLR recipients received payments. A total of 3831 new eligible titles were registered in the program.

The Public Lending Right Commission is an autonomous body which operates under the administrative aegis of the Canada Council for the Arts. Comprised of representatives of national writers’, librarians’ and publishers’ associations, the Commission is responsible for administering the PLR program.

Media contact:
David Schimpky, Executive Secretary
(613) 566-4378 or, 1 800 521-5721

PLR PAYMENTS (FEBRUARY 2006) BY PROVINCE AND TERRITORY:

Province / Territory

Number of
payments

Total amount
issued

Alberta

747

 $399,748.07

British Columbia

2,182

 $1,232,169.87

Manitoba

381

 $184,465.29

New Brunswick

328

 $148,807.17

Newfoundland and Labrador

222

 $96,212.68

Northwest Territories

7

 $4,536.03

Nova Scotia

559

 $240,833.43

Nunavut Territory

4

 $1,603.42

Ontario

4,951

 $2,879,016.81

Prince Edward Island

54

 $33,603.95

Quebec

4,735

 $3,287,580.57

Saskatchewan

287

 $172,032.55

Yukon Territory

25

 $7,829.90

Outside Canada

490

 $312,659.38


TOTAL


14,972


 $ 9,001,099.12

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