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Government’s budget missing critical opportunity to boost Canadian film & TV industry

February 11, 2014

TORONTO – Canadian performers were disappointed today with the federal government’s lack of recognition and support for the Canadian film, television and digital media industry.

“This is yet another budget with no action on the part of this government to harness the enormous job-generating potential of our industry,” said Ferne Downey, ACTRA National President. “Status quo isn’t good enough. To compete internationally, our industry needs to grow and evolve. That means solid, long-term investments and public policy that boosts production from coast to coast.”

“From Republic of Doyle to Motive to Orphan Black, Canadian shows have paved the way for us to demonstrate our expertise around the world,” said National Executive Director, Stephen Waddell. “A vibrant film, television and digital media industry benefits our society as a whole with its contributions to Canada’s economy, national identity, and cultural development.”

Cultural industries contribute more than $85-billion or 7.4% to our GDP. Film and television production in 2012/13 alone created 127,000 Full-time equivalent jobs and contributed $7.6-billion to the Canadian GDP.

ACTRA has asked the federal government to guarantee stable, long-term funding for the CBC, NFB, Telefilm and increased funding for the Canada Media Fund. ACTRA is also looking to the federal government to make regulatory changes to re-introduce income averaging for artists, and to sign and ratify the Beijing Treaty, thereby extending moral and economic rights to audio-visual performers.

“Culture is not a frill, it’s a major industry based on renewable resources. It’s unfortunate that the Government found no room in their budget to recognize this,” said Downey.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

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Contact: Carol Taverner, ACTRA, Public Relations Officer, Tel: 416.644.1519, Email: ctaverner@actra.ca


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