2016-17 Author Payments

 

Statistics – February 2017

Registered authors:

21,163

Authors receiving payments:

17,344

Eligible titles in PLR database:  

98,413

Titles found:  

85,419

Total amount paid to authors:

$9,758,099.60

Minimum author payment:

$50.00

Maximum author payment:

$3,521.00

Average author payment:

$563.00

Median author payment:           

$264.08



Province

Number
of authors

Total Paid

Newfoundland and Labrador

235

$88,655

Nova Scotia

604

$250,157

Prince Edward Island

67

$30,068

New Brunswick

371

$157,060

Quebec

6,578

$4,477,094

Ontario

5,099

$2,630,395

Manitoba

355

$128,825

Saskatchewan

334

$152,849

Alberta

805

$403,786

British Columbia

2,332

$1,148,508

Northwest Territories

16

$7,852

Yukon

24

$7,707

Nunavut

1

 $75

Outside Canada

523

$275,068

Total

17,344

$9,758,100



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: 2012 to 2016

$50.30

Category II: 2007  to 2011

$40.24

Category III: 2002 to 2006

$35.21

Category IV: 1986 to 2001

$25.15

 

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.