One Day of Action. Three levels of government and three asks:
“Status of the Artist” is a term describing a category of government legislation and programs which improve the economic and social status of professional artists.
ACTRA’s former General Secretary, Paul Siren, was a pioneer who helped draft the 1980 UNESCO Recommendation on Status of the Artist. He went on to co-chair the federal government’s Task Force on Status of the Artist. The Task Force’s report, released in 1986 led to the passing of the federal Status of the Artist Act in 1992.
In Ontario, ACTRA Toronto participated in government consultations in the 1990s. In 2005, ACTRA Toronto presented a brief to the Ontario government Subcommittee on Status of the Artist.
A long-awaited Status of Ontario’s Artists Act was introduced at Queen’s Park in March of 2007. Unfortunately, the Act fell short of what ACTRA and other artists had hoped for.
Since then, ACTRA Toronto has continued to pursue rights and benefits for Ontario’s artists. Our most recent campaigns have sought basic labour rights for artists.
Ontario’s government made a commitment to Status of the Artist legislation. Let’s make it possible for professional artists to continue to produce the art, film, television, music, literature and digital media we love.