Authors may choose to publish in the journal of their choice and deposit an author accepted manuscript of their work in a repository, such as e-scholar, if permitted by the publisher.
Copyright is automatically assigned to the author upon the creation of a work, though authors can transfer their copyrights. Publishers usually ask for transfer of all copyrights through a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) in order to publish books or articles, but authors do not need to transfer all copyrights for publication to occur. Publishers really only need the rights to distribute. Be aware of author rights and consider using an addendum to preserve author rights.
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has created a number of resources that help authors to understand their rights and to help authors retain their rights. Download the SPARC Canadian author's addendum.