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ACTRA welcomes throne speech commitment to Canadian culture industries

December 4, 2015

Toronto, ON — ACTRA is pleased about the commitment in today’s throne speech to build strong cultural industries through the investment in Canadian culture.

“We at ACTRA are happy to have a new government that recognizes the contribution Canadian culture makes to our society,” says ACTRA National President Ferne Downey. “Canada’s cultural industries are an engine for economic growth and job creation; we performers are part of the circle that helps put $85 billion and 1.1 million jobs directly back into our economy.”

“After a decade of funding cuts to Canadian cultural organizations, commitments to our industry are welcome news,” says Stephen Waddell, Executive Director of ACTRA National. “Canadians made it clear it was time for change, and we’re ready to work with this government to build a strong and vibrant cultural sector that creates jobs and grows our economy.”

ACTRA applauds the funding commitments that have been made to CBC/Radio-Canada, Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board, and will focus its efforts on addressing the following federal policy issues impacting its members: income tax-averaging; regulation to protect the investment in and creation of Canadian content; and increased investment in the Canada Media Fund (CMF).

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

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


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