ACTRA advocates on behalf of its 27,000 members to promote Canadian culture and protect Canadian performers.

Smart government policy is a key ingredient to building an industry that tells Canadian stories, encourages audiovisual production in all genres, and creates work opportunities not just for Canadian performers but for the thousands of people who support Canada’s cultural industries.

In addition to advocating on behalf of its own membership, ACTRA also works closely with other trade unions, industry stakeholders and strategic partners on a wide range of industry-related public policy issues facing Canadians.

Recent submissions:

Click here to see our recent submissions to the Federal Government

Broadcasting

Broadcasting Telecommunications Legislative Review External Panel (January 11, 2019)
ACTRA’s submission to the Panel includes recommendations on issues related both to the legislative framework as well as policies and programs dealing specifically with the theme of supporting creation, production and discoverability of Canadian content.

Budget

Standing Committee on Finance: 2020 Pre-Budget Submission (August 2, 2019)
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s call for comments on the 2020 Federal Budget.

Copyright

Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology: Copyright Act (December 7, 2018)
ACTRA submitted its recommendations in response to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology’s current statutory review of the Copyright Act and asks the Act be amended to reflect the new economic reality in which artists operate.

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: Artist Remuneration and the Copyright Act (December 2018)
ACTRA's submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage outlining our position on remuneration models and the opportunities for new access points for artists and creative industries in the context of copyright.

CRTC

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada: Order Issuing a Direction to the CRTC (March 29, 2019)
ACTRA’s submission to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada regarding an Order Issuing a Direction to the CRTC regarding the implementation of Canadian Telecommunications Policy Objectives to Promote Competition, Affordability, Consumer Interests and Innovation.

Trade

Global Affairs Canada: Accession of new economies to the CPTPP (August 23, 2019)
Global Affairs Canada’s public consultation concerning the conditions under which new economies may become Party to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Global Affairs Canada: World Trade Organization negotiations on E-Commerce (April 25, 2019)
Global Affairs Canada’s public consultation concerning Canada’s position in the World Trade Organization negotiations on E-Commerce.

Global Affairs Canada: North American Free Trade Agreement Submission (July 18, 2017)
ACTRA’s submission to Global Affairs Canada asking that cultural policy-making remain a priority in the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Click here to see our recent submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation – CRTC 2019-379 (February 20, 2020)
ACTRA’s submission in response to the call for comments concerning the renewal of the licences of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada. In its submission, ACTRA stated its wish to appear at the public hearings to present its views and address matters raised by other intervenors.

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation – CRTC 2019-91 (July 5, 2019)
Call for comments concerning the Commission’s policy on Canadian programming expenditure (CPE) requirements.

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation – CRTC 2019-90 (May 14, 2019)
Call for comments concerning a new annual digital media survey.

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation – CRTC 2018-488 (March 5, 2019)
ACTRA’s submission regarding the call for comments concerning the Production Reports that are to be completed annually by large English- and French-language ownership groups. The new report would replace the Programs of National Interest Report. It would include information related to programs of national interest but would be expanded to comprise all Canadian programming expenditure categories, except news and sports programming.

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Studies:

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The Digital Media Universe in Canada: Measuring the Revenues, the Audiences, and the Future Prospects (January 2020)
Building on the data of the 2019 report, this year's report also all about streaming – how it is globalized and networked and is a clear disruptor in terms of support for Cancon; Canadian creators’ livelihoods; and, democracy and society.

The Digital Media Universe in Canada: Measuring the Revenues, the Audiences, and the Future Prospect (January 2019)
A refreshed update to the last year’s report, the 2019 report examines the data of the past year to identify the challenges and opportunities resulting from changing markets and industry dynamics as well as the consideration of new policy developments. This report also evaluates to what degree various trends have continued or changed course and what new factors have become more apparent over the past year.

The Digital Media Universe in Canada: Measuring the Revenues, the Audiences, and the Future Prospects (January 2018)
A refreshed update to the January 2016 report below, this DM@X Digital Media at the Crossroads report identifies the challenges and opportunities to Canadian creative industries presented by changing market structures and industry dynamics as well as offers new perspectives for consideration in policy development in stimulating Canadian content.

Canadian Media in a Digital Universe (January 2016)
This DM@X Digital Media at the Crossroads report identifies the challenges and opportunities presented by changing market structures and industry dynamics to Canada’s creative industry – specifically the increasing outflow of revenue and profits to foreign companies.