We demand a review of Ontario's Film and Television Industry!

Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn

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Thousands of people in the entertainment industry are falling through the cracks when it comes to on-the-job protections.

The workers in reality and factual television production are especially vulnerable.  They are blocked from basic employment rights because of the Special Industry Rules and Exemptions for the Film and Television Industry.

In May 2017, the Ontario government pledged to conduct a review of exemptions and special industry rules as part of Bill 148.

The Labour Ministry is now reviewing eight sectors, but the Film and Television Industry is not on the list.  

Reality and factual television production workers in this province have been neglected for too long.  The collective agreements that do exist in the industry are based on voluntary deals reached with a few specific craft unions decades ago that cover workers in scripted and dramatic television and film production.   Everyone else in this booming sector is working precariously on their own.

Let’s ensure everyone benefits from Ontario’s commitment to improving working conditions in this province!

Petition by
Canadian Media Guild
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

To: Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned, call on the Ontario government to: • Uphold its promise to conduct a Ministry of Labour review of the unrepresented areas of the arts and entertainment sector as recommended by the Changing Workplaces Review. • Include in the review an examination of issues that are specific to the reality and factual television production industry such as the out-of-date exemptions, the misclassification of workers as independent contractors, and ways workers are excluded from collective bargaining rights.