If you plan to distribute musical works digitally to Canadian consumers or listeners using desktop or mobile applications, you’ll need to obtain an online music licence. The licensing of online music services in Canada is carried out by CSI (CMRRA-SODRAC Inc) on behalf of CMRRA. For more information, see CMRRA’s Tariffs page or visit CSI’s Website.
If you are a performing artist or a record company who wish to distribute recordings to Canadian consumers via a third party online music service, such as iTunes or Spotify, please note that you are not required to obtain a reproduction rights licence for the musical works embedded in those recordings. In Canada, such licences are granted by CSI to the online music services who, in turn, pay royalties to CSI for their streaming and downloading activities.