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Canadian Performers welcome commitment to building a Creative Canada

Performers’ union welcomes commitment to stronger CBC, stable production funding but warns unregulated Internet broadcasting will continue to undermine system

TORONTO, ON (September 28, 2017) — The Canadian union representing over 23,000 professional performers working in film, television and digital media welcomes Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s announcement today as a result of last year’s Canadian Content in a Digital World consultations.

“Canada’s talented creators have built an internationally-renowned creative industry that generates thousands of jobs and millions in economic activity,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “We are pleased to see minister Joly’s commitment to creators, which will allow our industry to both compete and thrive in this digital age.”

“The Minister’s focus on stable production funding for the Canada Media Fund, a stronger CBC and increased support for exports is music to our ears,” added Sparrow.

National Executive Director Stephen Waddell added a note of caution about the government’s new agreement with Netflix, “We welcome Netflix’s investment in Canada, but let’s be clear: while other broadcasters play by Canada’s regulatory rules Netflix has been allowed to write their own rules. That will continue to undermine our broadcasting system.”

ACTRA’s submission can be found online.

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.


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