As noted in last month’s Information Bulletin, the Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act, which received Royal Assent on June 29, 2012, amended the Status of the Artist Act to abolish the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal (CAPPRT) and transfer its responsibilities to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).
It is important to note that these amendments will take effect on an unspecified future date, to be determined by the Governor in Council. Until the amendments come into force, CAPPRT will continue to be fully operational and responsible for the administration of Part II of the Status of the Artist Act.
This means that all CAPPRT's regular activities, such as granting and renewing certification to artists' associations and dealing with complaints of unfair labour practices, will continue. Once the Governor in Council declares the amendments in force, any proceedings before the Tribunal will be taken up and continued by the CIRB. We encourage artists' associations and producers to continue to send CAPPRT copies of scale agreements and notices to bargain so that files are current at the time of transition.
Staff members of CAPPRT and the CIRB have begun the necessary work to ensure a seamless transfer of responsibilities.
The staff at CAPPRT is readily available to provide further information, answer questions and address concerns. Feel free to contact us, and we will address your inquiry as quickly as possible.
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Brian K. Stewart
Director, Planning, Research and Communications
Executive Director and General Counsel
1-800-263-2787 or 613-996-4052
240 Sparks Street, 1st Floor West
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1A1