NAFTA-consultation

The Arts Sector and the Renegotiation of NAFTA

Since June, the Canadian Arts Coalition is representing the arts sector on the Ad hoc Cultural Sector Advisory Committee on International Trade, a joint initiative of Global Affairs Canada and Canadian Heritage. This committee was created to inform Government of Canada’s positions on cultural matters in current and future international trade negotiations. This includes, of course, the renegotiation of NAFTA, which is about to begin.

Frédéric Julien is the Coalition’s representative on this Advisory Committee and he developed a brief on Artist Mobility between Canada and the United States. This brief was submitted on behalf of the Coalition to the Government as part of the consultation on the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Artist mobility is only one of many elements within NAFTA that affect the cultural sector. Other issues include telecommunications, content quotas, digital trade, foreign investments, and intellectual property.

Industry associations and unions such as the Association of Canadian Publishers, ACTRA, and the Canadian Independent Music Association also developed exhaustive briefs to inform Canada’s positions ahead of the negotiations. The Canadian Arts Coalition is supportive of their recommendations and adds its voice in defense of the cultural exemption.

We encourage Coalition members to read these briefs and to provide their own input using the short online form provided in the Government of Canada’s consultation on the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Additionally, you may share your views regarding artist mobility and any other aspects of NAFTA with Frédéric Julien, Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition.

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