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Don’t trade away Canadian culture in NAFTA talks: ACTRA

TORONTO, ON (July 20, 2017) — ACTRA, the union representing over 23,000 English-language Canadian film and television performers, is calling on the Canadian government to protect Canadian culture and cultural industries in the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“If we want to see Canadian stories on our screens, Canada’s government must maintain the power to set our own, uniquely Canadian, cultural policy,” said ACTRA National Executive Director Stephen Waddell. “Maintaining and enhancing a cultural exemption has been a key priority for ACTRA since the Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. was first negotiated in the 1980s. As President Trump looks for changes to NAFTA, Canada has to be clear: Canadian culture is not up for negotiation.”

Earlier this week, ACTRA submitted its recommendations to the Canadian government as it prepares for a re-negotiation of NAFTA. Key recommendations include maintaining or strengthening the existing NAFTA cultural exemption and specifically avoiding adoption of the cultural provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The TPP’s cultural provisions are by far the weakest protection that Canada has obtained in any of its trade agreements. The full submission is available online click here.

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 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.


Media contact:
Jennifer McGibbon, ACTRA National Public Relations Officer, Tel: 416.489.1311 ext. 4008,

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