On September 29, 2011, The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced the reintroduction of the Government of Canada's Copyright Modernization Act. This Bill, formerly Bill C-32, died on the order paper when Parliament was dissolved for the election held earlier this year. It has now been reintroduced in the same form, but now numbered as Bill C-11.

We have previously provided a detailed summary of the provisions of the Bill in our bulletin, Proposed amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act. A link to this bulletin is provided here:

http://www.nortonrose.com/ca/en/knowledge/publications/43440/proposed-amendments-to-the-canadian-copyright-act.

The Government says that it had 150 written submissions and heard 70 witnesses in the course of hearings over the previous Bill C-32. It is not clear at this time whether the Government will entertain amendments to the Bill. Likely certain technical amendments to improve or clarify  drafting issues will be possible.