“On 31 January 2022, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (the Committee) adopted the following motion:
That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on the Status of the Artist Act and its impact on improving basic working conditions for artists; that the committee invite officials from the heritage department, tax experts and other stakeholders and groups from the culture sector to follow up on this issue and that the committee hold a minimum of four meetings to that end; and that the committee report its findings and recommendations to the House.
Pursuant to this motion, the Committee held four meetings and heard 29 witnesses. It also received five briefs. Witnesses included representatives from the cultural sector, the tax sector and the federal government.
This report has two main parts. The first part covers the witnesses’ views on the overall implementation of the Status of the Artist Act. The second part summarizes various proposals to amend the Act and improve the socioeconomic situation of cultural workers.”