Important Notices

Protection of personal information

The Public Lending Right Commission is committed to respecting the privacy of individuals who visit our Web site. All personal information you do provide is protected under the Government of Canada's Privacy Act.

The Public Lending Right Commission is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

The Access to Information Act

gives any Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, the right to request information from federal government institutions.

This means that, through the Act, all Canadians, the media and the arts community of Canada can request documents maintained by the Commission. Please note however, that some information may qualify for exemptions or be excluded from disclosure under the Acts.

You should use the Access to Information Act when you believe that the information is not available through published material or when an informal request has not secured the information you wanted.

The Privacy Act

protects personal information from improper use and disclosure;

gives the right to individuals to request information about themselves;

gives the right to individuals to request corrections or additions to their personal information if they feel there are inaccuracies.

Use of personal information collected by the Public Lending Right Commission

Personal information such as a person's home address, telephone number, social insurance number, gender or date of birth provided to the Public Lending Right Commission is confidential and protected by the Privacy Act.

All personal information collected by the Commission is used to administer payments, establish databases and for statistical purposes.

Disclosure of personal information occurs only with the individual's consent or in accordance with section 8(2) of the Privacy Act.

Confidentiality of information

On a confidential basis, the Public Lending Right Commission may share information related to PLR payments with officials in other arts funding agencies for program planning and evaluation.

Disclosure of information

Registrants in the Public Lending Right program may request to review the contents of their files.

Once a PLR payment has been processed and the recipient of the payment has been notified in writing, the PLR Commission or the Canada Council, upon request, may release the following information without the individual's consent:

name and location of the individual;

amount of the payment

SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER

The Public Lending Right Commission is required by the Income Tax Act to include the individual's Social Insurance Number on the T4As it issues.

MORE INFORMATION

To file a request or for further information on the Acts please contact:

The Canada Council for the Arts
Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V8

Telephone: (613) 566-4414, ext. 4261
Toll free: 1-800-268-5533, ext. 4261
Facsimile (613) 566-4411

Official languages

The Public Lending Right Commission site is bound by the Official Languages Act and relevant Treasury Board policies. All Public Lending Right Commission site information is available in both French and English. However, users should be aware that some information on external sites to which we link is available only in the language in which it was provided.

External hyperlinks

Some of the information on this Web site has been provided by external sources. The Public Lending Right Commission site is not responsible for the quality, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose of products or services available on external sites and listed or described on our menus; nor is the Public Lending Right Commission site responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information contained on the web site and supplied by external sources.