Copyright Advocacy Campaign

Tell the Government your copyright story.

As you may know, the Federal Government reviewed the copyright Act in 2018-19. 

  • They examined the changes made by the previous government in 2012.
  • They noted the economic damage caused by those changes in the Heritage Committee report, Shifting Paradigms.
  • They now need to address that damage through lesislative, regulatory, or policy change.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

TWUC’s institutional advocacy on copyright has been strong. Ottawa knows where we stand. But there is no better advocacy than the personal stories of individual citizens told to their own Members of Parliament.

As a new Parliament opens, it is now time for all of us to write our Members of Parliament and let them know that we expect to see a solution. We are all taxpayers, we have all paid our fair share toward educational budgets, and we all provide valuable materials for Canadian classrooms. We deserve to be compensated for our work, and government must ensure that compensation through strong legislation and regulation.

A solution exists — the Shifting Paradigms report contains targeted recommendations to bring education back under collective copyright licensing. 

WRITE THE LETTER

Below you will find a link to download a template letter. You can use as much or as little as you like of the information provided in the template. Personalize the letter with your own details where it says [My own experience has been…].

Tell the story of your career. Most importantly, tell the story of the last eight years. What has happened to your income since 2012? What impact has all this had on your career? On your writing output? On your future plans?

TEMPLATE LETTER 

Download the template letter

It is ready for you to personalize (again, use as much or as little of the letter as you like).

If the file doesn't open automatically, check your Downloads folder for a document called "MP Letter." If you have any difficulty downloading the file, please email us at info@writersunion.ca, and we will send you the template letter in another format.

SEND THE LETTER

We ask that you copy your letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage who will be responsible for urging Parliament to accept the Heritage Committee's recommendations. It is best to send a hard copy letter to MPs and Ministers as emails often go unanswered.

In addition, we ask that, if possible, you send a copy of your letter to the Union. Please feel free to email your copy to the Union office.

Please Note: You do not need a stamp to send a letter to the House of Commons. Just address it and pop it in the mail.

1) Mail your letter to your local MP (see below for name and address information). If your MP is or has been a member of the federal cabinet, please include the honorific The Honourable before her/his name.

2) Mail a copy of your letter to the Minister of Heritage:

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Canadian Heritage
25 Eddy Street, 12th Floor
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0M5

HOW TO FIND YOUR MP

Please use this online tool to search for your MP's name. Input your postal code in the box provided and click the search icon. Copy the name into the template letter where it says [First Name] [Last Name].

BACKGROUND

If you would like more background on this issue, please click here for more information.