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Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology: Copyright Act
December 7, 2018: ACTRA submitted its recommendations in response to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology’s current statutory review of the Copyright Act and asks the Act be amended to reflect the new economic reality in which artists operate.

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: Artist Remuneration (Copyright Act)
October 16, 2018 – ACTRA National President David Sparrow and ACTRA PRS/RACS Director Laurie McAlister appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to ask for a “made-in-Canada copyright solution that will give performers the tools they and their unions need to go after the remuneration they are owed.”

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on NAFTA
September 11, 2018 – ACTRA National Executive Director Stephen Waddell thanks the federal government for its support and recognition of the importance of maintaining the cultural exemption in NAFTA.

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: Study on how to establish gender parity on the Boards of Canadian artistic and cultural organizations
May 3, 2018 – Ferne Downey (CUES Chair, ACTRA Past President) & Heather Allin (ACTRA National Women’s Comittee Chair)

Global Affairs Canada: Canada-Mercusor Free Trade Agreement
April 30, 2018 – ACTRA submitted its recommendations to Global Affairs Canada about about the need to maintain a robust cultural exemption that allows Canada the policy flexibility to set domestic cultural policy for the creative industries.

Global Affairs Canada: Canada-Pacific Trade Consultations (formerly TPP)
October 30, 2017 – ACTRA’s submission to Global Affairs Canada’s consultation on the Canada-Pacific Trade Agreement (formerly the Trans-Pacific Partnership) and how to protect Canada’s right to support our storytellers.

Department of Finance: Consultations on Tax Planning using Private Corporations
October 2, 2017 – ACTRA’s submission in response to the Department of Finance’s discussion paper on the increased use of private corporations for tax-planning purposes as well as the recommendation to restore income averaging for artists

Consultation on Options for Reform to the Copyright Board of Canada
September 29, 2017 – ACTRA’s submission outlines its recommendations on the reform to the Copyright Board of Canada with a focus on creating new deadlines with respect to Board decisions; clarifying Board procedures through regulations; specifying Board decision-making criteria; simplifying and expediting process for rates settled by agreement; and making mediation mandatory for contested tariff matters

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2018)

Global Affairs Canada: North American Free Trade Agreement Submission
July 18, 2017 – ACTRA’s submission to Global Affairs Canada asking that cultural policy-making remain a priority in the renegotiation of NAFTA

Petition to the Governor in Council: Request to Set Aside CRTC decisions on English-Language Group License Renewals
June 28, 2017 – A joint petition to the Governor in Council by ACTRA, the Canadian Media Producers Association and Director’s Guild of Canada on CRTC decisions 2017-148, 2017-149, 2017-150, 2017-151

Global Affairs Canada: Canada-China Free Trade Agreement Submission
June 1, 2017: ACTRA’s submission to Global Affairs Canada on its Canada-China Trade Consultations regarding the Canada-China Free Trade Agreement and how this agreement can present opportunities to promote Canadian culture

Joint Letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage on CRTC Appointments
March 28, 2017 – ACTRA joins Canadian film and television organizations in a letter to The Honourable Mélanie Joly to share the views of members of the Canadian screen-based media industry with respect to available CRTC positions. (Read French version)

Standing Committee on International Trade: Trans-Pacific Partnership Submission
January 27, 2017  – ACTRA submission to the Standing Committee on International Trade recommending it reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement because it will restrict Canada’s right to implement the full range of cultural policies Canadians need.

Department of Canadian Heritage: Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World
November 25, 2016 – ACTRA’s recommendations regarding progressive policies needed in this digital age.

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2016)

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: Review of the Canadian feature film industry
May 6, 2015 – Ottawa; Sarah Gadon (Actor, ACTRA Member) & Stephen Waddell (ACTRA National Executive Director)

Department of Finance: GST/HST taxation on e-commerce sales to Canadians by foreign-based vendors
June 10, 2014 – ACTRA’s reply to Department of Finance’s invitation in its 2014 budget for comment on whether the government should require foreign-based vendors to register with the Canada Revenue Agency and to charge the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) when they make e-commerce sales to residents of Canada

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2014)

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2013)

Legislative Committee: Bill C-11
March 7, 2012 – Bill C-11: the Copyright Modernization Act (Ottawa); Ferne Downey (Actor, President of ACTRA National & Recording Artists Collecting Society) appears before the Parliamentary committee to review this bill

Legislative Committee: Bill C-32
February 8th, 2011 – Bill C-32: an Act to amend the Copyright Act (Ottawa); Ferne Downey (Actor, ACTRA National President) & Stephen Waddell (ACTRA National Executive Director)

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2011)

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage:  “Study on the impacts of private television ownership changes and the move towards more viewing platforms”
December 7th, 2010 – Ferne Downey (Actor, ACTRA National President) & Joanne Deer (ACTRA National Director of Public Policy and Communications)

Government of Canada: “Telecommunications and Broadcasting: Keep it Canadian”
July 29, 2010 – Joint written submission by ACTRA & AFM as part of the government of Canada’s Consultation on Foreign Investment in Telecommunications

Government of Canada: “Canadian Content: Creating the Digital Economy”
July 10, 2010 – Joint written submission by ACTRA & AFM as part of the government of Canada’s Consultation on Canada’s Digital Economy

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: “Emerging and digital media: opportunities and challenges”
May 31, 2010 – submission regarding the Heritage Committee’s study on the “Emerging and digital media: opportunities and challenges;” Stephen Waddell (ACTRA National Executive Director)

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: “Emerging and Digital Media: Opportunities and Challenges”
April 27th, 2010 – Ottawa; Tyrone Benskin (Actor, ACTRA National Vice-President) & Stephen Waddell (ACTRA National Executive Director)

Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology: “Canada’s Foreign Ownership Rules and Regulations in the Telecommunications Sector”
April 26, 2010 – submission regarding Industry Committee’s study on “Canada’s Foreign Ownership Rules and Regulations in the Telecommunications Sector” by Stephen Waddell (ACTRA National Executive Director)

Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology: Foreign ownership
April 1st, 2010 – Ottawa; Ferne Downey (Actor, ACTRA National President) & Stephen Waddell, (ACTRA National Executive Director)

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2010)

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: “Evolution of the Television Industry in Canada and its Impact on Local Communities”
May 13, 2009 – submission regarding the Heritage Committee’s study on the “Evolution of the Television Industry in Canada and its Impact on Local Communities;” Stephen Waddell (ACTRA National Executive Director)

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities: Bill C-56
November 24th, 2009 – Bill C-56: an Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Ottawa); Ferne Downey (Actor, ACTRA National President) & Stephen Waddell (ACTRA National Executive Director)

Competition Policy Review Panel: “Sharpening Canada’s Competitive Edge”
January 11, 2008 – Joint written response by ACTRA & WGC on the panel’s consultation paper, “Sharpening Canada’s Competitive Edge”

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2008)

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2007)

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2006)

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: “Feature Film Policy Review Consultations”
February 18, 2005 – Written submission by Stephen Waddell (ACTRA National Executive Director)

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2005)

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2004)

Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-Budget Submission (2003)

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