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The government body that is supposed to protect Canadian culture and creative industries has failed again – putting work and Canadian culture at risk. Now, more than ever, you need to make your voice heard.

On May 15, the CRTC announced it had renewed the licenses for English-Language TV broadcasters. The Commission ignored ACTRA’s request that broadcasters be required to increase the amount they must invest in “Programs of National Interest,” like dramas, documentaries and children’s programming. Instead, they moved in the opposite direction – reducing the requirement. It’s estimated this decision could ultimately reduce investment in this type of Canadian programming by $200 million over the next five years. In Quebec, three programs have already been cancelled.

But we don’t have to accept this. The CRTC is a government body, and this decision can be reviewed by the government.

The Minister of Heritage Mélanie Joly stated that she is now “studying the decision” and has invited content creators and artists to make their opinion known.

So this is your chance.

Take action now and help spread the word that Canadian creative talent matters. Here are three things you can do today:

  • Write your Member of Parliament (here’s a sample letter). Let your elected representative know what’s happening at the CRTC, and that these changes are undermining the film and television industry and Canadian culture. If you don’t know your local MP or their email address, you can look that up here;
  • Spread the word on social media. If you’re active on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, spread the word about this change and the impact it will have. Here’s a sample tweet:Calling on @melaniejoly to overturn disastrous #CRTC decision. Our stories matter! #cdntv #cdnpoli #digicanconACTRA has already been spreading the word through its social media accounts. Feel free to share these posts from our Twitter and Facebook channels as well;
  • Sign the official Parliamentary petition here and share with other concerned Canadians: English / Français.
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