2012-13 Author Payments

Statistics – February 2013

Registered authors:                              19,826

Authors receiving payments:                 18,186

Eligible titles in PLR database:              88,300

Titles found:                                         74,246

Total amount paid to authors:      $9,766,310.40

Minimum author payment                      $25.00

Maximum author payment                $3,367.00

Average author payment:                     $537.00

Median author payment:                     $261.66

 

Province

Number of
authors

Total Paid

Quebec

6,287

$4,161,616

Ontario

5,684

$2,808,388

British Columbia

2,546

$1,200,683

Alberta

898

$408,333

Outside Canada

557

$292,811

Nova Scotia

656

$252,524

New Brunswick

406

$168,068

Manitoba

433

$159,323

Saskatchewan

329

$157,114

Newfoundland and Labrador

263

$105,662

Prince Edward Island

78

$36,421

Yukon

29

$8,110

Northwest Territories

18

$7,025

Nunavut

2

 $232

Total

18 186

$9,766,310

 

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.

PLRC’s Budget
In June 2009, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages announced that the $25 million in annual funding to the Canada Council for the Arts would be extended for five years. Author payments through the PLR program continue to benefit from $1 million of this funding.


We survey six public libraries in each official language and double results for libraries in large urban centres.

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 PLR

Payment if Title Found

Category I: 2008 to 2012

$48.10

Category II: 2003 to 2007

$38.48

Category III: 199 to 2002

$33.67

Category IV: 1986 to 1997

$28.86

 

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 that was their contribution.

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.