President's message

Now is the time to make our voices heard.
The federal election on October 21 may be a pivotal point in Canada’s cultural history. Now is the time to step up, make our voices heard and to collectively shine a spotlight on issues affecting Canadian performers and the film, television and digital media industry.

Together, with the DGC and IATSE, ACTRA has launched the Just Ask campaign (; with the goal of mobilizing our combined 50,000+ members across Canada to make sure this election counts. Every voice matters. Your voice matters. Pledge to attend one election-related event this fall and to ask your local candidates at least one question about our industry.
Trip to the Hill in 2014 with members David Sparrow, Tantoo Cardinal and Julian Richings to lobby MPs to support the call for more Canada on our screens.
ACTRA election presser at CBC HQ in 2004 with Tonya Williams and members calling for government support of Canadian content and programming.
In Vancouver performers Sarah Canning and Crystal Lowe take part in ACTRA’s 2015 federal pre-election campaign.
Nova Scotia lobbying in 2016 with MP Darren Fisher, Francine Deschepper, Josh MacDonald and Richard Hadley.  

Manitoba member Doreen Brownstone takes part in ACTRA's 2015 pre-election campaign.
Art Hindle at ACTRA's 2011 federal election presser.
Shannon Kook, Sarah Gadon, Huse Madhavji took part in ACTRA’s 2016 lobby meetings with MPs urging the government to support Canada’s creative economy.
Get involved!
Challenge your local candidates.
Get involved! Challenge your local candidates. Put them on the spot. Whether you go to a debate or a town hall, run into them at the farmers' market or when they come knocking on your door, take the opportunity to ask them a question about their position on the film and television industry.

Such as:
There’s a lot at stake for our cultural industries in this election. Over the last four years, numerous studies and reviews were launched about key legislation affecting our industry, including the Broadcasting Act, Telecommunications Act and the Copyright Act. Even the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) was sent back to the table to rework a decision it made about Canadian content spending. Problem is, although public consultations took place, legislation has yet to be changed.
Mouseland was most famously told by Tommy Douglas. Herein, David Sparrow delivers his take on this timeless fable.
If we, as Canadians, don't elect a government that supports arts and culture, Canadian culture, Canadian voices, the CBC, the NFB and CanCon are all at stake, period. We need to ensure the next generation of Canadians can not only enjoy a robust Canadian culture but can continue to project it to the world. Let’s vote for a government that will Keep Canada on our Screens.

So, have your say in this election! Vote for your industry; the industry that helps pay your bills. Vote for your career and for the betterment of Canada through culture. Don’t leave the choice of government up to others. Demand more from your government. Ask questions. VOTE!

Just Ask and I’ll see you at the polls!

Dave Sparrow


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