May 2013 Information Bulletin–New Responsibilities of the CIRBStatus of the Artist Act

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New Responsibilities of the CIRB

The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) is pleased to announce that since April 1, 2013, it is responsible for the administration of the Status of the Artist Act. We invite you to consult our Website,which has recently been updated to include information on the Status of the Artist Act. If you click on the headings at the top of the screen, you will find the sections that relate to the Act.

Consultations on Proposed Changes to Procedural Regulations

The CIRB is currently developing proposals to modify the 2003 Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal Procedural Regulations (SOR/2003-343), to ensure better alignment of the policies, procedures and practices under the Status of the Artist Act with the CIRB’s current practices, while taking into account the unique circumstances of the cultural sector. The CIRB has prepared a consultation chart with proposed amendments to the Regulations which is available on our Website.

The CIRB wishes to engage artists, artists’ association, producers and other stakeholders in the review of the Regulations and to this end, public consultation meetings will be held in the CIRB offices starting at 9:00 a.m. on the following dates:

Toronto:
June 25 at 1 Front Street, 5th Fl

Ottawa:
June 26 at 240 Sparks Street, 4th Fl

Montréal:
June 27 at 1501 McGill College, 9th Fl

We would appreciate it if you could confirm your attendance before June 20 with Ms. Linda Lusignan by email: Linda.Lusignan@cirb-ccri.gc.ca or by phone at 613-947-5429.

The CIRB will also accept written comments on the proposed changes until August 15, 2013. You may send your comments by email to Ms. Diane Chartrand, Senior Director of Strategic Policy and Planning, at: diane.chartrand@cirb-ccri.gc.ca.

Certification Renewal Process

The CIRB is responsible for certifying artists’ associations. Certification gives an artists’ association the exclusive right to represent self-employed artists in a specific sector with respect to collective bargaining and professional relations with federally regulated producers. A certification order is valid for a period of three years after the date it is issued, and will automatically be renewed if no application for revocation or competing application for certification in respect of the same sector is filed with the Board.

The transfer of the administration of the Status of the Artist Act to the CIRB does not affect the validity of existing certification orders. In order to confirm this, the CIRB re-issued all the certification orders that had previoulsy been issued by the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal and recognized the original date of certification. The CIRB will continue to issue and renew the certification orders as required. For a list of artists’ associations certified under the Act, please consult the online Register.

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