Image Permission / Reproduction Requests for Publication

Photographs, paintings and other images from the Hudson's Bay Company Corporate Collection may be available for reproduction in books, magazines, newspapers, films, videos, CD ROMs and websites, for public exhibit in a museum or interpretive centre, or on an interpretive sign or plaque.

Requesters should submit requests well in advance of deadlines. The review and approval process normally takes anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. Approvals or denials of requests are at the sole discretion of Hudson's Bay Company.


A Usage Fee of $300 per image ($100 per image for not-for-profit applications) will be charged. The fee applies to one type of use only. For example, if you plan to reproduce the image in a book and on a poster, the fee would apply twice. If prints or negatives are required, reproduction fees as well as shipping and handling will also be charged. You will be given the following rights:

  • Non-exclusive, one-time use


  • All fees are payable in advance.
  • Not all images are cleared for reproduction.
  • Most early photographs illustrating scenes of Hbc and Simpson's are the property of Hudson's Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba (HBCA). If you are interested in any of these images (identified by their reference number, eg. HBCA 1987-363-Y-2/38), you must contact HBCA directly.

How to Order

To request permission to reproduce an image, please complete our online request form. Alternativley, print out the form, complete it, and mail it to: Hudson's Bay Company Heritage Services, 698 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON, M6A 3A5. Clearly mark the envelope or fax cover sheet: IMAGE PERMISSION REQUEST.

Once your order has been received and approved, a permission letter will be issued by our Legal department. This letter must be signed and returned to us with payment before the image will be issued.

What We Ask in Return

We require that Hudson's Bay Company be credited in the manner that we specify, as the source of the images. Unless specifically waived, two copies of any publication must be sent to Hudson's Bay Company immediately upon publication.

The 'Fine Print'