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Canadian content in a digital world
Pre-consultations: Strengthening Canadian content creation, discovery and export in a digital world

The Minister of Canadian Heritage is beginning public and stakeholder online consultations on the theme of Strengthening Canadian Content Creation, Discovery and Export in a Digital World.

Fill out the questionnaire here: http://pch.sondages-surveys.ca/s/dwc/?l=en
Questionnaire deadline: May 27, 2016.

The live performing arts is given almost no attention in the questionnaire. As stakeholders, we need to remind the Minister that we are essential to discussions around cultural policy in this country.

Get the live performance sector on the agenda

We strongly encourage Equity members, as artists, citizens and stakeholders, to help the government establish the scope of these consultations by answering the questionnaire. Your answers will better define the themes and questions that will guide the consultations. It takes 10 to 30 minutes to complete, depending on your answers.

Get started with these key points

Equity encourages members to consider the following ideas/questions as they fill out their answers:

1. Public support for creators. Artists are the foundation of strong cultural policy in Canada and need to be remunerated and supported accordingly. Cultural content providers such as Netflix, Spotify and Youtube operating in the digital environment need to be held accountable for contributing to the creation of Canadian programming and fairly compensating our creators.
2. Live performance is by definition not part of "a digital world". It is intimate, immediate and in need of a live audience. How does live performance fit into this digital strategy? Digital recordings encourage attendance at live events. Increased funding must be allocated for presenters to record live performances. Canadian live performance needs to be seen in non-traditional venues such as movie theatres, both nationally and internationally.
3. Culture must be reinstated as a pillar of international diplomacy with missions abroad invigorated as windows into Canadian culture.
4. Culture (and cultural policy) should not be viewed in isolation but as integral parts to building a country's identity valued by other nations. All aspects of Canadian culture must be recognized as a priority in Canadians' everyday life.

The Ministry's background document can be found at the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/culture/consultations.html

Equity's recommended responses
Another option for Equity members is to consider the answers that the Association will be submitting as a stakeholder. We have provided our responses at this link: Ministry of Canadian Heritage Pre-consultation Brief. Feel free to print this pdf document, or simply cut and paste any content that you feel is appropriate for your answers. Feel free to reference as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.

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