Copyright Policy

The Copyright Board is part of an ecosystem where different institutional players evolve and collaborate in order to assume the exclusive jurisdictional responsibility of the federal government over copyright.

The Departments of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) and Canadian Heritage are responsible for providing policy advice to support the government in the development and implementation of the copyright legislative and regulatory framework in Canada. The Copyright Act is the responsibility of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, with the support of the Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding the cultural aspects of copyright.

For its part, Global Affairs Canada administers the trade aspects of the intellectual property rights and regulations regime, including copyright, and within the context of multilateral, regional and bilateral negotiations.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is an organization that operates within the ISED portfolio. CIPO's industries are trademarks, patents, industrial designs and copyright. CIPO administers and processes intellectual property applications in Canada, including the administration of copyright registration.