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Amendments to the Copyright Act: Copyright term extension

November 23, 2022

The federal government shared an update with stakeholders today on amendments made to the Copyright Act that will come into force on December 30, 2022:

On the recommendation of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, an Order in Council was signed to bring the amendments to the Copyright Act that were included in Division 16 of Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 into force. We are letting you know directly as these amendments may be of interest to you or your organization.

These amendments to the Copyright Act will come into force on December 30, 2022. As a result, the general term of copyright protection in Canada will change from 50 to 70 years after the life of the author. This change will not affect works that are already in the public domain. For more information, please see the amendments to the Copyright Act from June 2022.


Michel Sabbagh
Director General,
Broadcasting, Copyright and Creative Marketplace Branch
Canadian Heritage

Samir Chhabra
Director General,
Marketplace Framework Policy Branch
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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