Conservative Copyright Bill C-32

This page is intended to be a launching point for people to learn about the Copyright Bill C-32 (LegisInfo) tabled by the Conservative Government on June 2, 2010 (First reading).

After a few days of debate in the house (day 1 and day 2), it passed at second reading on November 5th, and was sent to a legislative committee.

Bill died on the order paper when parliament was dissolved on March 26, 2011. The bill was re-tabled on September 29, 2011, and given the number Bill C-11.

See also: Status of Bill C-32.


  • Information from government at www.balancedcopyright.gc.ca. The more governments try to spin in titles, the more you have to wonder why they have to spin.
  • OpenParliament.ca: speeches and votes in the House related to Bill C-32.
  • Local copy: view a PDF of the bill. The bill has also been made available on scrib'd (Via @kevinsmcarthur)
  • Bill C-32 summaries

  • Keith Rose : Comparing The Two Copyright Bills: C-32 vs. C-61
  • Drew Wilson : Canadian Copyright Reform Bill – The Winners and Losers, which also links to a multi-part summary. (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6)
  • Note about Copyright bill numbers: The number of the bill is a coincidence that it is numbered C-32, the same as the Copyright bill that passed in 1997 (See Chronology). This is the same as Bill C-60 where one passed in 1988, and one was tabled but not passed in 2005. It was also a coincidence that the bill tabled by the Conservatives after the Liberal Bill C-60 was numbered Bill C-61.