Economic Impacts of the Educational Sector’s Fair Dealing

Author: PwC

Publication Date: June 2013

Executive Summary

PwC has assessed the actual and expected market impacts of the implementation of the Fair Dealing Guidelines (also referred to as “Guidelines”) adopted in 2012 by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC), and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). These Guidelines apply to K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions in Canada, excluding the province of Quebec.

Our Assessment finds that, since implementation of the Fair Dealing Guidelines, the educational publishing industry in Canada has been subject to a significant negative impact. Licensing income is substantially reduced. Revenues from sales are experiencing an accelerated decline. These declines, we believe, will accelerate further, causing adverse structural change in an industry already weakened by numerous other negative developments in the educational content market.