The Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal celebrates
its 15th anniversary

OTTAWA, May 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal celebrates its 15th anniversary today, renewing its commitment to the Canadian cultural industry as it reflects on the successes of the past years.

"This is an important milestone," said Acting Chairperson Elaine Kierans. "The Tribunal's creation arose from the commitment of the Government of Canada to ensure that artists' and producers' rights are protected. Today the Tribunal is a key federal player in Canada's cultural community, providing a framework for constructive professional relations between artists and producers."

Canada is unique in having a specialized Tribunal dealing with collective bargaining in the arts. Producers and artists' associations representing writers, actors, musicians, directors, editors, and other creators are assured of a forum where the issues and realities of Canadian cultural industries are understood and respected.

"We have accomplished a lot in 15 years," Ms. Kierans said. "We have rendered important decisions, defining 26 sectors of artistic and cultural activity for collective bargaining, certifying 24 artists' associations to represent artists working in those sectors, and dealing with collective bargaining issues brought forward by parties under the Status of the Artist Act. We hope to achieve even more in the years ahead."

An independent, quasi-judicial federal agency, the Tribunal administers part II of the Status of the Artist Act, which governs labour relations between self-employed artists and federally regulated producers.

For more information about the mandate, responsibilities, and history of the Tribunal, please visit www.capprt-tcrpap.gc.ca.

SOURCE CANADIAN ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS TRIBUNAL

For further information: For further information: Diane Chartrand, Executive Director and General Counsel, Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal, Telephone: (613) 947-4263

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