Copyright Policy Branch

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About the team

The Copyright Policy Branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible, through its policy-making activities, for ensuring that Canada's copyright policy framework, a cornerstone of cultural policy, supports creativity, innovation and access to cultural works.

To fulfill its mandate, the Branch:

  • Looks at the latest legal and technological developments here in Canada as well as abroad in conducting its research and analysis;
  • Promotes Canada's interests in international fora while ensuring that Canada's copyright regime complies with our international obligations;
  • Promotes access to quality information so that Canadians may better understand and apply the legislation, regulations and processes governing copyright.

The Copyright Policy Branch works in close collaboration with various partners, such as Industry Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

The Copyright Policy Branch collaborates with the artists, authors, producers, user groups, interest groups as well as the public.

The Copyright Policy Branch does not provide legal advice or counsel.

Contact the team

Your questions and comments are important to us. We are committed to providing you with accurate information in a timely manner.

Department of Canadian Heritage
Copyright Policy Branch
25 Eddy Street, 8th Floor, 25-8-Y
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5


Telephone: 819-997-0055

Toll-free*: 1-866-811-0055

TTY** (Toll-Free): 1-888-997-3123
*The toll-free lines have agents available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
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If you are enquiring regarding Crown Copyright Clearance or if you wish to obtain permission to adapt, reproduce, revise or translate materials on this site, please contact the Crown Copyright team at: or 1-866-811-0055.

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