2015-16 Author Payments

Statistics - February 2016

Registered authors:

20,749

Authors receiving payments:

17,169

Eligible titles in PLR database:  

94,776

Titles found:  

82,734

 

Total amount paid to authors:

 

$9,757,774.26

 

Minimum author payment:

 

$50.00

Maximum author payment:

$3,556.00

Average author payment:

$568.00

Median author payment:           

$269.24


Province

Number
of authors

Total Paid

Newfoundland and Labrador

232

$93,292

Nova Scotia

602

$257,291

Prince Edward Island

69

$33,058

New Brunswick

366

$159,930

Quebec

6,425

$4,411,216

Ontario

5,119

$2,670,149

Manitoba

357

$131,810

Saskatchewan

332

$153,749

Alberta

790

$406,333

British Columbia

2,323

$1,152,638

Northwest Territories

17

$7,952

Yukon

24

$8,553

Nunavut

2

 $138

Outside Canada

511

$271,665

 

Total

 

17,169

 

$9,757,774

 


 

Library sampling
Sampling involves checking the PLR program’s registered titles against the catalogues of a selection of public libraries each year. Through sampling, we are able to determine the number of hits for a title, that is, the number of libraries in which the title is found. 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 the PLR Program

Payment if Title Found

Category I: 2011 to 2015

$50.80

Category II: 2006  to 2010

$40.64

Category III: 2001 to 2005

$35.56

Category IV: 1986 to 2000

$25.40

 

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 his titles.