Andrew Somerset , Oct 22, 2004; 04:29 p.m.
Substantially the same as in the US. You are covered by consitutional guarantees of free expression, but commercial uses require releases as in the US.
The substantial difference is in the area of privacy. In Quebec, the human rights code guarantees an individual the right to control of his own image. The Supreme Court has ruled that this means permission is necessary for editorial use except if the individual is a celebrity or if the photo is a hard news photo. If a person is in a news photo, however, they have to be the subject of the news, or their permission is required.
In one recent case, a lawyer sued the Montreal Gazette after it ran a photo of the front of a hotel, in which he was visible leaving the hotel carrying a bag. His secretary saw the photo and jokingly asked why he was leaving the hotel in the middle of the day, the implication being he'd been there with a woman. The Gazette argued that the photo was a news photo. They lost. (Note that although his complaint was harm to his reputation, he could not have won this as a libel case.)
So you have to be careful in Quebec.