Take Action: Extend CERB
Please send an E-mail and sign our Petition calling on the Government of Canada to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) beyond the current 16-week maximum period.
On behalf of our 27,000 members, ACTRA is calling on the Government of Canada to take immediate action to extend the CERB for cultural sector workers beyond the current 16-week maximum period until such time as regular work opportunities return.
The economic implications of COVID-19 on the screen-based media production industry have been devastating. A recent impact study commissioned by the Canadian Media Producers Association estimates a production shutdown lasting from mid-March until the end of June will put as much as $2.5 billion in production volume at risk and impact up to 172,000 jobs across the country.
Before the screen-based production sector can reopen, industry-specific health and safety concerns must be addressed and our government must ease travel restrictions for performers, directors, producers and crews.
Film, television and other cultural sector workers, who are ineligible for Employment Insurance benefits, welcomed the introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help them get through this crisis. However, with our industry many weeks or even months away from getting back to normal, we desperately need that support to continue. This is why we are calling on the Government of Canada to extend the CERB beyond the current 16-week maximum period and allow the program to remain in place until our industry fully reopens and our members can get back to work.
While our health care and other front-line workers have been saving lives and providing essential services every day, we have counted on the work of Canadian artists and performers to bring us comfort and laughter during these dark days and help us feel a little less alone.
We hope we can count on the Government of Canada to continue to be there for cultural workers by extending CERB for as long as necessary.
Send an E-mail and sign our Petition calling on the Government of Canada to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) beyond the current 16-week maximum period. Your signed e-mail will be sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a copy to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault. You can also choose to personalize your E-mail message to the Government as well as share this campaign on your social media by clicking on one of the share buttons below.
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