Legislation & Fair dealing

Copyright basics

Copyright falls under federal jurisdiction in Canada and is governed by the Copyright Act.  The Act provides legal protection to original works of authorship.

The Copyright Act contains fair dealing exceptions for uses pertaining to:

  • research,
  • private study,
  • education,
  • parody,
  • satire, 
  • criticism,
  • review, or
  • news reporting.

Instructors at educational institutions are allowed to use, copy, perform, etc. works in the classroom or on the premises of an educational institution for teaching and training purposes, subject to restrictions.

For a summary of the relevant sections of the Copyright Act, please visit our Copyright Act page.

Should you have any questions please contact the Copyright Office.

The Copyright Office makes every effort to provide accurate information but does not offer it as counsel or legal advice.