Fair Dealing Week Events and Activities


Fair Dealing Week 2019 takes place February 25–March 1.

If you are organizing an event for Fair Dealing Week, please submit it here and we will include it in the following list.


From West to East:

SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, Douglas, VCC and JIBC (joint event)

Balancing the scales: The role of fair dealing in Canada – Tuesday, February 26, 1:00-4:15 p.m.

An afternoon of presentations and discussion aimed at demonstrating the value of fair dealing in a modern Canadian context and highlighting the perspectives of diverse copyright stakeholders. The event is made up of a panel on “The faces of fair dealing: A conversation about user rights in Canada” and a keynote by Dr. Meera Nair, “Fifteen years after CCH: A time to reflect on what came before, and what may be yet to come.” Light refreshments will be served. Please register by February 19. This event is free but registration is required.


University of Northern British Columbia

Fair Dealing @ UNBC – Thursday, February 28, 2:00 p.m.
Please join UNBC’s copyright office on Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m. in room 10-4072 as we celebrate Fair Dealing Week 2019. This information session will give an overview of copyright and fair dealing, look at how fair dealing benefits members of the UNBC community, and discuss the future of fair dealing in Canadian education. For more information please contact libcopyright@unbc.ca


Langara College

Balancing the scales: The role of fair dealing in Canada – Tuesday, February 26, 1:00 p.m.
Join SFU and post-secondary partners for an afternoon of dialogue exploring the value of fair dealing in a modern Canadian context. The program features a panel discussion with diverse copyright stakeholders about the rewards and rigors of fair dealing, followed by a keynote presentation by Dr. Meera Nair reflecting on the 15th anniversary of the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada CCH decision. This free event is open to all, but registration is requested. A live webcast will be provided for those unable to attend in person.


Thompson Rivers University

Fair Dealing Week at TRU – Monday, February 25, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Learn more about fair dealing as it relates to copyright and why it is important in higher education. Students and faculty at TRU learn how they can use copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances.

Fair dealing: allows copyright to adapt to new technologies, facilitates balance in copyright law, promotes further progress, and accommodates freedom of speech and expression.

Presented by TRU Copyright, stop by Student Street for free popcorn and great discussions. If you can answer a question about fair dealing, you could win a stylish tote.


University of Alberta

Fair Dealing Symposium – Wednesday, February 27 , 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


The University of Alberta Copyright Office is hosting a one-day Symposium to celebrate Fair Dealing Week 2019. Speakers include Myra Tawfik (University of Windsor), “Situating the Learner within the Copyright Paradigm: Fair Dealing in Historical Context;” Brianne Selman (University of Winnipeg), “Copyright and Chill: Faculty Films and Fair Dealing;” Amanda Wakaruk (University of Alberta), “The Shadowy Lines of Fair Dealing Determinations;” Chris George (CG&A Communications), “Ottawa’s Unfolding Copyright Reform Debate on Fair Dealing.


University of Manitoba

Fair Dealing Q and As Information Session – Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Copyright Office will be holding a drop by Q and A table where you can ask your Fair Dealing questions on February 26, 2019 in the 1st Floor Hallway of Fletcher Argue. Come by to get your questions answered and learn more about Fair Dealing and copyright.

Fair Dealing Information Session – Wednesday, February 27, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Do you have any burning Fair Dealing questions you need answered? Are you new to Fair Dealing and want an overview, or feel like your Fair Dealing knowledge could use a refresher? Please join us at this information session in celebration of Fair Dealing Week to learn more about what Fair Dealing is, how to use it, and why it is important. Registration appreciated but not required.


University of Guelph

Fair Dealing at Copyright’s Crossroads – Tuesday, February 26
A look at the evolution of fair dealing law and users’ rights in Canada, and the implications of recent developments (including the Access Copyright v. York University case) on higher education institutions. Dr. Carys Craig (Osgoode Hall Law School) will examine the current state of fair dealing, how it came to be, and will offer a prognosis as well as a prescription for making it better.

Fearing Fair Dealing? Taking the mystery out of using copyrighted works fairly – Wednesday, February 27
Always unsure if you are infringing copyright? Figuring out what’s fair (and legal) when copying and sharing content doesn’t have to be intimidating. Celebrate Fair Dealing Week by learning how to exercise your fair dealing rights with confidence. With Heather Martin, Copyright Officer, University of Guelph.


McMaster University

Keep Copyright Fair! – Thursday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. ET
McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association / McMaster University Faculty Association present: Keep Copyright Fair – Copyright law balance is under attack. Learn why, and what you can do about it. Featuring Dr. Carys Craig, Osgoode Hal Law School and Paul Jones, Canadian Association of University Teachers. Note: This event will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6yu8OrK1xo


Ryerson University

Fair Dealing Week: Online Assignments, Copyright and Academic Integrity – Thursday, February 28, 1-3 p.m.
How do students know what they can and cannot pull from the Internet to use in their online assignments? You show them! With a focus on using images, where to get Creative Commons material, the tensions around fair dealing, and how to avoid cultural appropriation, this workshop teaches you how to model best copyright practices and how to teach copyright to your students both online and in the classroom. Understand how to model acknowledgement for others’ work by doing your own online work and building assignments that consider good copyright behaviour as it overlaps with academic integrity. Facilitated by Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Librarian, and Andrea Ridgley, Academic Integrity Specialist

Fair Dealing Week: Using Images in Assignments and Beyond – Tuesday, February 26, 2 p.m.

Do you use the internet to find images for your assignments and projects? Are you ever concerned about copyright issues or would you like to learn more about copyright? This one-hour workshop looks at ways you can use images using copyright exceptions like fair dealing. We will also introduce how to search for open access (creative commons) images that you can use for assignments and beyond your work a student.


University of New Brunswick

Fair Dealing Presentation and Card Game – Tuesday, February 26 & Wednesday, February 27
Fair Dealing/Fair Use Week! Every year libraries and educational institutions across North America celebrate the rules that allow sharing of portions of published works for research and education. Learn more about this right and participate in UNB Libraries copyright activities planned on both campuses.

Saint John: Hans W. Klohn Commons, Potash Conference Room (HWKC 107) Tuesday, Feb. 26th from 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Fredericton: Harriet Irving Library, Miham Rm (100) Wednesday, Feb. 27th from 1:30-2:30PM

Winter GEAR: Image Use and Copyright – Thursday, Feb. 28th, 10:00–11:30AM

Images are playing an increasingly prevalent role in every facet of our digital expression. Join Josh Dickison and Marc Bragdon as we explore the effectiveness, sourcing and evaluation of images for personal and professional use.  This session will take place at the Harriet Irving Library, Learning Lab (112).


Saint Mary’s University

Know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em – Tuesday, February 26, 12:00 p.m.
Want to learn more about Copyright? Fair Dealing? Come join the Copyright Folks and play some cards! Learn about Copyright, exceptions, and more while playing a scenario-based game. Don’t worry about knowing anything about copyright going in, we’ll provide a run down (and a Kahoots quiz) before we delve into the team based game! Hope to see you there!




For information on international Fair Use/ Fair Dealing Week events, please visit http://fairuseweek.org/.

See past years’ events: https://fair-dealing.ca/past-years-events-listings/