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Budget 2019: Investing in Canadian culture

Ahead of the Federal Budget 2019 announcement on 19 March, let’s ask our elected representatives to support Canada’s screen-based industry in the next fiscal year and beyond.

ACTRA wrote to the Minister of Finance on behalf of our 25,000 members outlining key changes the federal government could make in Budget 2019 to better support our industry. Please feel free to send your own letter to Hon. Bill Morneau, Finance Minister, and your Member of Parliament (click here to find your MP) asking them to support Canadian creators. We’ve also made it easy for you to tweet about investing in Canadian culture (see suggested tweets at the bottom of the page).

Contact Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance:
Twitter: @Bill_Morneau
Phone: 613-992-1377
Investment in our industry pays off in three major ways: telling our stories to the world; generating jobs and opportunities for thousands; and contributing millions of dollars to local economies across the country.

Given the challenges facing Canadian content production and the inconsistent application of existing sales taxes and funding contributions, we recommend Budget 2019 address two critical issues:

  1. Level the playing field: Require all services (foreign and domestic) offering online programming to Canadians, including Over-the-top (OTT) and music streaming services, register for, collect and remit the GST/HST on their Canadian subscriptions, and pay corporate taxes on Canadian revenues. Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Wireless Service Providers (WSPs) and all OTT streaming services must also be required to contribute an appropriate percentage of their gross revenues from broadcasting-related activities in Canada to the creation of Canadian content; and
  2. Invest in Canadian content production: Increase Telefilm Canada’s Parliamentary Appropriation (by $50 million over three years) to better position the agency to effectively carry out its mandate and reinforce strategic priorities related to gender parity, diversity and Indigenous filmmaking.
Suggested tweets:
Investment in CA’s screen industry pays off: shines spotlight on Cdn stories to world; generates jobs for 1000s; & contributes millions of $$ to local economies across country. @Bill_Morneau [@ADD your MP] #cdnpoli #CdnTalent #Budget2019

It’s time to level the playing field in #Budget2019. Make foreign online players pay their fair share of corporate and sales taxes @Bill_Morneau [@ADD your MP] #cdnpoli #CdnTalent

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