TORONTO, ON (May 17, 2021) – With a revised Charter statement and testimony from Heritage Minister Guilbeault and Justice Deputy Minister Drouin now complete and an expert panel imminent, Canadian Heritage Committee members must commit to resuming its clause-by-clause review of Bill C-10 immediately so we can get this much-needed legislation passed.
“Canada’s screen-based industry has been calling for a modernized broadcasting system for the better part of a decade. We can’t wait any longer,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “We need a system that ensures online streaming services are contributing to the creation of Canadian content production.”
“It is time for Committee members to work together to help strengthen Canada’s screen-based industry so our elected representatives can pass a modernized Broadcasting Act as soon as possible,” added Sparrow.
The tools and goals of Canada’s Broadcasting Act are the foundation of Canada’s television production industry, which is part of a broader production sector that contributes $12.8 billion to Canada’s GDP and generates over 180,000 full-time equivalent jobs. A modernized Broadcasting Act that prioritizes Canadian creators will help ensure a wide diversity of our own creators have an opportunity to continue to imagine and share the Canadian perspective.
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 27,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.
Carol Taverner, Public Relations Officer, ACTRA National, tel: 416-644-1519, email: firstname.lastname@example.org