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Bill Recognizes Essential Role of Artists and Creative Expression

Bill S-208, An Act respecting the Declaration on the Essential Role of Artists and Creative Expression in Canada, passed its third reading in the Senate in October. This Act calls on government to develop an action plan that includes measures to improve the ability of everyone in Canada, particularly children and youth, to engage in the arts; improve the ability of artists in Canada to benefit from their intellectual property and to be free from cultural appropriation; address barriers experienced by artists with disabilities in accessing places and spaces to create, perform and present their work; encourage greater investment in all areas related to artists, the arts and creative expression in Canada; and more.