On September 20th, you’re in the driver’s seat!

On Monday, September 20th, Canadians will vote in a federal election to choose who will represent them in Parliament.

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. 

Voting is important because government matters.

Think about ACTRA’s hard lobbying work that made sure CERB benefits were available to performers.

Think about our successful fight to prevent the proposed claw-back of those benefits.

Think about ACTRA’s work with other industry partners to make sure that proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Act will actually serve Canadian creators and result in more Canadian production of world-class discoverable Canadian content.

For more information and useful links related to Federal Election 2021, check out ACTRA National’s Federal Election page.

ACTRA’s Election Wishlist

ACTRA is looking for firm commitments from each of the major political parties that are crucial for strengthening and promoting our industry, including:

  • Championing the modernization of the Broadcasting Act to include online broadcasters so that Canadian stories can be told by Canadian storytellers for years to come.
  • Dedicating enhanced long-term funding to Canada’s key cultural agencies such as Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, CBC/Radio-Canada, the National Film Board and the Indigenous Screen Office.
  • Enacting a truly made-in-Canada copyright solution so performers like you can get the remuneration they are rightly owed for their work.
  • Ensuring a more secure, inclusive and sustainable future for all screen-industry workers.

Your Election Wishlist

What’s important to you in this election?

Whether it’s action on climate change or social justice initiatives or pandemic recovery strategies or something else entirely, call or email the candidates in your riding and find out where they stand.

A federal election is our opportunity to steer the decisions of our next government. So…take the wheel!

How to Vote

Make sure your information is correct with Elections Canada and confirm that you’re registered to vote.

September 20 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

Vote at your assigned polling station from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on:

  • Friday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 11
  • Sunday, September 12
  • Monday, September 13

Voting options and associated dates can be found at Ways to Vote


  • Find your riding, discover who your local candidates are – Elections Canada’s Voter Information Service provides information about your electoral district including the list of candidates, locations of advance and election day polling places, the address of your local Elections Canada office and a map of your electoral district.