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Royalty Rates for CHS Intellectual Property Licences

Royalty Rates for CHS Intellectual Property Licences

If your requirement pertains to the use of CHS products for the purposes of navigation please contact an authorized CHS dealer. If your requirement is for non-navigation use of CHS products, data or services please complete an application form. The following describes the royalty rates for the primary non-navigation licences issued directly by CHS. For further information please contact CHS at chsinfo@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Value-Added Resellers

BSB raster charts, S-57 vector charts, Tide and Current Products and/or Data, Sailing Directions Products and/or Data: $300 per licence term

Bathymetric Data: See matrix below for source bathymetric data (including singlebeam and multibeam data); $75 per field sheet

Note:

There is an 18% sales royalty (multiplied by content ratio) on value-added reseller sales.

Non-navigation End Use

S-57 ENCs
$50 per paper chart equivalent
BSB Raster Charts
$50 per paper chart equivalent
Bathymetric Data
See matrix below for source bathymetric data (including singlebeam and multibeam data); $75 per field sheet
Tide & Current Predictions
Available for free at www.tides.gc.ca, or at the following rates if the intended use is not permitted under the posted terms and conditions:
$25 per station for constituents, $50 per station for predictions.

Source Bathymetric Dataset Licencing Royalty Matrix

Resolution (metres) Total Dataset Area (km2)
Less than 50 50 to 5,000 Greater than 5,000
Less than 10 $100/km2 $80/km2 $50/km2

Note:

  1. There is a minimum royalty of $150.
  2. Gridded data at a resolution of 10m and coarser is free and available on the CHS NONNA Data Portal.
Value-Added Resellers

Value-Added Resellers

CHS has many licence agreements in place with Value-Added Resellers. The VAR program allows CHS to join forces with forward-thinking and innovative developers who use CHS products and data to develop new and creative products.

VAR products do not meet the chart carriage and use requirements of the Canada Shipping Act (Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020) and the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act because they are not official products issued by CHS. VAR products must carry a disclaimer to this effect.

Value-Added Resellers can enter into either a digital or a paper licence agreement with CHS. When applying for a licence for new products, VARs must demonstrate significant value-adding properties. Application forms are available below and questions can be directed to chsinfo@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions - Value-Added Resellers

To find out what products are available for licensing please see:

CHS List of Stations for Tides and Currents

Digital Value-Added Resellers

CHS charges an access royalty of $300 per licence term (BSB raster charts, S-57 vector charts, Tide and Current Products and/or Data, Sailing Directions Products and/or Data) plus sales royalties of 18% multiplied by the content ratio, of net sales by VARs. VARs are not permitted to digitize CHS paper charts; however they may be given permission to create a vector version of specific geographic areas if this does not already exist. VAR products are retailed directly by the VAR and/or by their own dealers.

Digital VAR licences are valid for three years.

Read the full licence agreement:

CHS Digital Value-Added Reseller Agreement

To apply for a CHS digital VAR licence, use our application form:

Paper Value-Added Resellers

CHS charges an access royalty of $300 per licence term (BSB raster charts, S-57 vector charts, Tide and Current Products and/or Data, Sailing Directions Products and/or Data) plus a sales royalty of 18% of the actual selling price of the VAR paper product, multiplied by the content ratio of products sold by the licensee containing CHS chart data.

Paper VAR licences are valid for three years.

Read the full licence agreement:

CHS Paper Value-Added Reseller Agreement

To apply for a CHS paper VAR licence, use our application form:

Not all paper charts are available as a digital file in raster and/or vector form. For a complete list of paper charts, please click here

Other Users

Other Users

CHS has agreements in place with a wide range of specific users who rely on the quality and breadth of CHS data, surveys and products. CHS is pleased to offer a variety of copyright licences to support the activities of a wide variety of individuals and companies who wish to make use of Crown intellectual property managed by CHS:

Application Form

(for all intellectual property requests)

To find out what products are available for licensing please see:

Non-Commercial, Not-For-Navigation

A Letter of Permission ("LOP") is used to grant access to CHS charts or data for a specific purpose that is non-navigation, where there is no commercial product creation, and no revenues being generated. For example, an LOP would be used when there is a request to use a chart in a film. Royalties may or may not be charged, depending on the situation and which data is being requested.

Commercial End Use and Research, Not-For-Navigation

Private sector companies and researchers, students, universities, Crown corporations (which are not agents of the Crown), provincial government agencies, and municipalities wishing to use CHS products or data may enter into a Direct User licence Agreement (DULA) with CHS. The products and data may not be further distributed. If the goal is to create a product to generate revenue, a value-added reseller licence agreement is more appropriate than a DULA.

End Users, for Navigation

CHS digital dealers have the right to grant sub-licences for CHS digital products to end-users for specified purposes, primarily navigation. End-users are required to agree to the terms and conditions of CHS's End-User licence Agreement ("EULA"). End-users have no rights to further distribution of their CHS products. Users must acquire the appropriate licence from CHS for uses that fall outside the terms of their end-user licence.

Collaborative Agreement with the Private Sector

CHS enters into collaborative arrangements with non-government entities for a variety of projects involving CHS surveys, data and products. The participants carry out activities jointly; share authority, decision making, effort, and responsibilities, both contribute resources for the purposes of achieving common goals, and both benefit from the joint activity.

The activity must be within the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' mandate, and be consistent with public policy and the strategic direction of the department.

Collaborative arrangements must comply with all Treasury Board and DFO policies in effect. There is no standard agreement for collaborative arrangements at this time.

Other Government Departments

When another government department makes a simple request for CHS data or products, it enters into a standard memorandum of understanding ("MOU") with CHS. CHS recovers its incremental costs.

More complex arrangements with other government departments or other governments may be the subject of a negotiated MOU or treaty.

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