This is your chance to tell your story face-to-face with the MPs reviewing the Copyright Act.


From The Writer’s Union of Canada:

The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology announced today it will hold formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions for the statutory review of the Copyright Act in cities across Canada from May 7 to 11, 2018. Events will take place in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver (see schedule below).

We strongly encourage all members able to attend to make a formal request to appear and/or take part in an open-mic session. If you are not able to attend, you can still be heard by the committee. Submit a personal brief on the topic (max. 2000 words) through the copyright review web page (click the Submit a Brief button).

Simply by being a Canadian author, you’re ready to present: Tell the story of your career. Most importantly, tell the story of the last five 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? (If you’ve already written to your MP, tell that same story.) Include a call to properly regulate educational copying, and you have delivered an excellent presentation. There is no need to know all the details of the law or the various court cases — just tell your personal story about how you have been affected by copying.

Your personal stories have the most impact. The Committee needs to hear directly from writers.

Later today, Executive Director John Degen is making a presentation to the Parliamentary Committee on behalf of TWUC. The Union will also be submitting a formal brief as part of the copyright review process.

Now it’s up to you: The voices of constituents are the most effective. Request to appear at a formal hearing by emailing Open-mic sessions will take place in the evenings. The format of the hearings and open-mic sessions as well as their specific locations will be announced in the coming weeks.
Committee’s Travel Schedule:

  • Monday, May 7: Halifax, NS
  • Tuesday, May 8: Montreal, QC
  • Wednesday, May 9: Toronto, ON
  • Thursday, May 10: Winnipeg, MB
  • Friday, May 11: Vancouver, BC  

Let’s do what writers do best and tell our stories. Send your request to appear at a hearing now ( and watch for more details about the open-mic sessions.

Thank you for your support!