Cross Canada Consultations on the Copyright Review Update

Dear CFLA members,

As you may have heard, on March 29, 2018, the INDU committee officially launched its consultation process. See the Press Release here: The consultations are expected to be completed in early 2019.

The Government is also now accepting Brief submissions which can be done online or directly to the Committee Clerk at

Cross-country consultations

Although we do not have any more detail on the timing (still believed to be May) and government process for the cross-country consultations, we wanted to reach out to you today to provide you more information of what CFLA's role will be to support you in these consultations.


1)      Talking points: The CFLA-FCAB Copyright Committee has been working over the last several months and continues to work to develop positions statements relating to various parts of the Copyright Act that affect libraries. These statements will be sent to you in advance in order to provide you with background information on each of the subjects.


2)      Coordination: In order to get the broadest representation possible; both from within the library community as well as with the content delivered, we will work with you to ensure that the library community will be well represented at each of the cities visited, and to ensure the committee has an opportunity to hear about a wide range of topics related to the Copyright Act that drive an educated and informed Canadian population.


3)      Support: Many of you will have experience in advocacy activities and know the subject matter well. There may, however, be those who would benefit from a briefing or a refresh on appearing before committees on these matters. We will be happy to organize phone calls with either subject or government relations experts to help you prepare for those meetings. We will also provide background information on each of the committee members taking part in the consultation.


Thank you to everyone who has indicated their association would be interested in participating in the consultation process. If there are those who have not yet had a chance to contact me signaling interest, please do so.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.




Katherine McColgan, CAE

Executive Director -- Directrice générale

Canadian Federation of Library Associations

Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques


Please note the Montreal consultations will be taking place on May 8th. If ABQLA members have any question regarding this process, please contact Alex Kohn, our representative on the CFLA/FCAB Copyright Committee (