Terms of Use Policy

Original content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit the work under the following conditions: the work must be attributed to SocialCommons.ca; you may not use this work for commercial purposes; you may not alter, transform, or build upon this work. To view a copy of this license, visit www.creativecommons.org.

SocialCommons.ca is a public interest organization promoting transformative social change.  Our website contains a mix of original and curated content drawn from other organizations. Our original published content is available free on this website subject to the conditions cited above. We welcome you to use our articles and publications for public education purposes — in classrooms, workshops or seminars, use our fact sheets and briefs to inform letters to the editor or public policy advocacy.

You are welcome to re-post or otherwise re-use material which appears on SocialCommons.ca so long as you follow these guidelines:

  • For all original material which appears on this website in full (unless specifically stated otherwise at the end of the material) you may re-post. You must keep links intact, include a link back to our site, and include a credit which states the name and title of the author and notes SocialCommons.ca as the source. Images should also be credited per the original.
  • For material that appears as a reprint, you will need to contact the original publisher to gain permission for reprints as we do not own the rights.
  • A small amount of material is published on this website with specific permission from the original source, but without blanket permission to re-post. When this is the case it will be stated clearly at the end of the material.
  • You are providing the material for free and not for commercial use.
  • You do not alter, change, or add to the material.

Our website also includes curated content excerpts from a wide range of sources that we have included with our own commentaries as well as full attribution and a link to the original source.  The publishing rights related to the original articles are held by other organizations. 

What is your re-posting policy?  May I have permission to re-post an article I saw on SocialCommons.ca?

For articles that we have re-posted from other sources (in the byline see “to view original webpage at”), you need to contact the original author directly to determine their terms of use and/or seek their permission.  As noted above, articles by SocialCommons.ca are copyrighted works and made available under the terms of a Creative Commons license.   You are welcome to re-post such articles with attribution to SocialCommons.ca and a link back to the original article. Contact us with any further questions at contact@socialcommons.ca.