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Save the Date
On October 21, 2019, Canadians will go to the polls to elect our next federal government. The Federal Government plays an important role helping finance and regulate the film and television in our country. As a Canadian Citizen, you have a role to play electing a government that represents the interests of all Canadians. As a performer, you have an additional role helping to elect a film-friendly Canadian government. Save the date in your calendar — October 21 2019!
Keep Canada on Our Screens
Canadian culture workers like you are part of an industry that not only promotes Canadian culture at home and abroad, but continues to reflect our regional and ethnic diversity on screen and drive economic growth across the country. Canada’s film, television and digital media industry’s production volume reached an all-time high of $8.92 billion in 2017/18, helped generate 179,000 full-time equivalent jobs, and added $12.77 billion to our country’s GDP!
To keep this success going and to grow our industry, we need a federal government that will…
- Support Stable and Long Term Funding for Film and Television. Funding requires all players in the Canadian market to pay their fair share and contribute to Canadian Content Creation. It also requires investing in the CBC, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF), the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Telefilm.
- Strengthen Canadian Content regulations and legislation. The Federal Government can take such action as equipping the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) with the tools needed to regulate all services, Canadian and foreign, providing content to Canadians. It can also amend the Broadcasting Act so it applies to all programming content provided to Canadians.
- Invest in services that performers and other precarious workers need. Performers are the most precarious workers in the Film and Television Industry. Our average annual wage, as measured by a recently completed ACTRA Toronto member census, is $15,317. Changes to policy in housing, transit, and labour standards affect us dramatically.
ACTRA has compiled some useful resources to help increase your involvement.
Know the major parties. Figure out where they stand on the major issues especially the issues mentioned above.
Know your local candidates. These are the candidates running for each of the major party where you live. Elections Canada has a useful resource here to help you figure out your riding and who is running to be your member of parliament. Just enter your postal code in the search field.
Attend a local debate. Once you know your riding and candidates. Attend a local debate and ask a question. ACTRA has partnered with other labour unions in Film and Television to create a handy resource called JustAsk. JustAsk will help you find out about debates and all-candidate meetings in your riding. Sign up to stay informed.
Talk to your local candidates. Candidates from each of the major parties will be coming to your door too. We’ve created a convenient window or door sign with questions they should be prepared to answer.
Vote! The When, Where and How
October 21 is Election Day. That’s when the majority of Canadians will cast their ballots. But why not consider voting ahead of time in advance polls? It’s easier, fewer lineups, and takes place over the course of a weekend rather than just a single day. Advance polls are open October 11 to October 15. The Elections Canada website has a list of ways to vote. So vote!