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Copyright and request for authorization

The Gouvernement du Québec holds exclusive intellectual property rights to all documents, data, compilations and other works it produces, publishes or distributes, whether such materials are official or administrative texts, statutes and regulations, annual reports, pamphlets, etc.

It is prohibited to reproduce, download, store, translate, adapt, publish or represent in public the copyrighted materials of the Gouvernement du Québec without prior authorization.

Request for authorization to reproduce copyrighted material

When completing the authorization request form, you must indicate:

  • the source of the material (ideally with a hyperlink or the BAnQ reference number or ISBN);
  • how the material will be used;
  • the number of copies that will be made (where applicable);
  • the date on which the material will be used;
  • the full contact information of the person or organization to be billed.

A single authorization request is required for several materials if the billing information is the same in each case.
If not, you must submit a separate authorization request form for each material.

Processing time

In general, you will receive a response within 15 business days. However, processing times may be longer depending on the time of year, the specifics of your authorization request and the department or body that holds the copyright.

Fees and conditions for approval

You will receive the response by email. If the copyright holder grants your request, the email will indicate the conditions and fees, if any, related to the authorization.

You will then have 30 days to accept or refuse the applicable conditions and fees.

Transmission of license

If the authorization request is accepted, you will receive the license by email.


You may pay the fees, if any, by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or ask to have the invoice sent to you by email or mail.

The invoice will be sent to you in the first days of the following month and you will have 30 days to pay it.

Request an authorization (in French only)

Contact the Copyright copyright Management management Service

Last update: February 23, 2023


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