Past years’ events listings

2020 Fair Dealing Week Events

From West to East:

Creativity in the arts: The role of copyright

Event Date
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 1:00pm to 4:15pm
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Downtown Campus, Atrium Room, 8th floor (Room 825)

On Tuesday February 25, to mark Fair Dealing Week, SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, VCC, and BCIT invite you to an afternoon of presentations and discussion exploring the impact of copyright and fair dealing on artists working in a variety of disciplines. Light refreshments will be served.

Fair Dealing Symposium

Event Date
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 9:00 to 4:30 PM
University of Alberta, Maple Leaf Room, Lister Centre

As part of Fair Dealing Week 2020, the University of Alberta Copyright Office will be presenting a one-day symposium on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Speakers include Howard Knopf (MACERA & JARZYNA LLP) “Educational Fair Dealing: The State of the Nation,” Meera Nair (NAIT) “A post-truth existence for fair dealing in Canadian postsecondary institutions?”, Amanda Wakaruk and Adrian Sheppard (University of Alberta) “Deconstructing the Guidelines,” and Rebecca Katz (McGill University School of Information Studies) “Re-engaging Canadians with fair dealing: Fandom as stepping stone to copyright literacy”

Fair Dealing Week @ UNB

Event Date
Events are happening throughout the week
University of New Brunswick

Webinars, information sessions and a rousing hand of the Canadian Copyright Card Game!

What Exactly is Fair Dealing?

Event Date
Thursday, February 27th, 2020 – 2:00 PM AST
Saint Mary’s University – Location TBD

You hear the term “Fair Dealing” a lot, mostly in the education sector, but what does it mean? Join Copyright Librarian Amy Lorencz and Copyright Assistant Patricia Langille on debunking Fair Dealing myths and learn how to use Fair Dealing while respecting the Copyright Act and content creators. We will talk about how we evaluate what it means to be “Fair” through methods such as the Six Factors Test, Guidelines from Universities Canada, and communication with Publishers and Creators.

This is open to all Saint Mary’s University Faculty, Students, and Staff

Essential Copyright Exceptions for Students and Staff

Event Date
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:00 to 11:00 AM AST
Webinar (online)

In recognition of Fair Dealing Week in Canada, the CAUL-CBUA Copyright Committee is hosting a webinar: “Essential Copyright Exceptions for Students and Staff”. This year, we will be examining the exceptions beyond fair dealing that students can use in the course of their education. These exceptions are also essential knowledge for instructors, librarians, and staff who advise and assist students. This webinar will cover four main topics: user-generated content, image use, theses, and issues raised by e-textbooks.

The content of this webinar is not to be considered legal advice. However, participants will have an opportunity to see a systematic approach to the assessment of copying and distribution of published works in an educational context. The presenters will also be happy to answer as many questions as time permits.


2019 Fair Dealing Week Events

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


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


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!

2018 Fair Dealing Week Events (West to East)

University of Alberta

Copyright Office Fair Dealing Week 2018 (Wednesday, February 28, 10:30 a.m.)

The Copyright Office of the University of Alberta is celebrating Fair Dealing Week 2018 by hosting four events: The State of Fair Dealing in Canada, Fair Dealing Guidelines Forum, Today’s Fair Dealing Discussion in the Federal Parliament, and How You Can Contribute to the 2017/2018 Canadian Copyright Act Review. RSVP/registration requested at

Western University

Fair Dealing Pop-Ups (February 26 to March 2)

All week a Western Libraries Fair Dealing pop-up will travel across campus, challenging participants with true/false scenarios related to educational fair dealing. Find it on:
Monday – Allyn and Betty Taylor Library
Tuesday – The D. B. Weldon Library
Wednesday – John and Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library
Thursday and Friday – Faculty of Information and Media Studies Graduate Library

University of Guelph

Seeing Ourselves in Fair Dealing: a talk by Meera Nair (Monday, February 26, 10:30 a.m.)

Join us for a talk with Meera Nair to kick off Fair Dealing Week 2018!

Since entering statutory law in 1710, the system of copyright has functioned as a set of limited rights. Said another way, copyright has never functioned as a grant of absolute control. In this regard, Canada enjoys a unique position in the world—our statutory limits are progressive and well-suited to fostering creativity and innovation. Among those limits, fair dealing is of particular importance but is often portrayed as complex or beyond comprehension. Whereas, truth be told, fair dealing is just a collection of stories with principal characters being librarians, teachers, students, creators, researchers, and readers.

A Week Without Fair Dealing (Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m.)

Canada’s Copyright Act is currently under review, and educational uses of the fair dealing exception are being challenged. We’ve put together a library display with examples of things people do every day that would change if the fair dealing exception was no longer available. A week long table event will also take place, in which we’ll be asking students, faculty and staff to finish the sentence “Without fair dealing, I wouldn’t be able to ___________.”

Ryerson University

Copyright and Education: 2018 Update (Monday, February 26, 2:30 p.m.)

At this panel presentation, the speakers will review significant legal developments in the areas of fair dealing and copyright, which impact on the educational ​use of copyright materials. This includes the recent ruling in the Access Copyright v. York University case, as well as the federal government’s current ​ review of the Copyright Act. These developments will be of interest to instructors, faculty, and librarians​​, and others l​ooking ​to ensure legal compliance with copyrighted materials in the classroom. Participants will also learn about the available supports at the Library to ensure copyright compliance, including the Library’s One Stop Course Reading Service, Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licensing.
Event time: 2:30-4:00pm. Room SLC508.

Queen’s University

Copyright and Fair Dealing Update for Fair Dealing Week (Friday, March 2, 2:00 p.m.)

Please join us in Stauffer Library, Room 121 on Friday March 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. as we welcome Queen’s University’s Copyright Manager, Mark Swartz. Mark will provide an update on the Copyright landscape as it relates to higher education, including information about the York v. Access Copyright case and the Copyright review, and information on the advocacy initiatives happening in higher education that directly relate to fair dealing.

University of Ottawa

Fair dealing for students (Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m.)

On February 26th and 27th from 10am-3pm, join uOttawa Library staff outside of the Campus Store to learn more about fair dealing and how it benefits you as a student.

Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL-CBUA)

Webinar: Copyright: We’re Not on Our Own (Wednesday, February 21, 11:00 a.m.)

The purpose of this webinar is to help and inform academic library staff in navigating the confusion and “spin” around copyright, and in supporting a campus copyright culture that duly balances respect for creator rights with the effective information flow essential to teaching and research. This webinar will also help provide more information about the current environment for copyright in Canada and media awareness on locating and disseminating information accurately. Our goal is to provide education to the library staff in a situational and relatable way that is interactive and participatory.

The workshop will be about providing an update on the current environment and then reviewing the tools and supports in place to help with copyright questions. Through case study type scenarios, we will demonstrate that copyright can be complex, but there are tools in place and it is okay to ask for support.

Questions you may have: Is this relevant to your institution? How would you deal with it? What resources are available to you?

University of New Brunswick

Fair Dealing Week! (Wednesday, February 28, 12:00 p.m.)

Join Jeannie Bail and Joshua Dickison in a discussion about the current state of Fair Dealing in the context of the Canadian Copyright Act Review. Sharing small portions of work for educational purposes has been added to the acceptable uses within the Canadian Copyright legislation, this right is now being debated by the publishing community and there is a potential that education could be removed from the language. Please join us with your questions and concerns for a brown bag discussion over lunch.

Dalhousie University

Fair Dealing Week Office Hours (Tuesday, February 27, 1:00 p.m.)

As part of Fair Dealing Week, the Copyright Office will be holding drop-in office hours. Bring your copyright questions relating to fair dealing, thesis guidelines, film screenings, and more to Roger Gillis, Copyright and Humanities Librarian and Lachlan MacLeod, Copyright Services Coordinator. For more information please e-mail

Saint Mary’s University

Fair Dealing Drop-in Information Session at Patrick Power Library (Thursday, March 1, 3:00-4:00 p.m.)

Please join us in the Library Classroom for a drop-in information session on Fair Dealing. Meet with Amy Lorencz – Metadata and Copyright Librarian and Simon Bonnell – Copyright Assistant to assist and answer any questions you may have about Fair Dealing in Canada. This is an informal session led by you – the attendee. Questions? Email