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We collectively ask that you drop the $1,000 permit fee and 15 day wait period required by actors and directors to come and work in Canada.
  • Petitioning The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

This petition will be delivered to:

Prime Minister of Canada
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Minister of Employment and Social Development
The Honourable Jason Kenney
Minister of Labour
The Honourable K. Kellie Leitch
Citizenship and Immigration Minister
The Honourable Chris Alexander
Minister of Finance
The Honourable Joe Oliver

We collectively ask that you drop the $1,000 permit fee and 15 day wait period required by actors and directors to come and work in Canada.

    1. Petition by

      Regina Popp

      Hamilton, Canada

In an attempt to curtail the problem of temporary foreign workers in Canada you run the risk of effectively devastating the Canadian Film Industry by lumping us into the same catergory as companies who abused the program by employing foreign workers to replace Canadians. This despite the fact that the Canadian Film Industry in 2011, generatd $9.7 billion in direct GDP for example, we workers earned $6.4 billion in income and our industry produced almost $5.5 billion in tax revenue in that year alone.

You did have the foresight to exclude musicians and singers yet overlooked an industry which generates billions of dollars a year in this country, boosts the economy, employs thousands of workers and sustains hundreds of off-shoot industries such as car rental companies, caterers, antique shops and many, many others.

Productions can not run their business of course, without being assured that the actors, directors and sometimes other speciliazed crew they need will be allowed to come here to work and most often they are needed at the last moment.

The effects of your 15 day waiting period are already affecting our industry and the $1,000 fee is simply unfair to the people we cannot do without. You can't ask someone to pay to work here when we need them so badly for our economic survival can you?

We ask that you correct this oversight immediately. Add the Film Industry to the list of professionals who are exempt from the new rules which were set out to curb foreign workers from taking jobs from Canadians because as of now your new rules are taking thousands of jobs from us.

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development
The Honourable K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour
The Honourable Chris Alexander, Citizenship and Immigration Minister
The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance
Please drop the $1,000 permit fee and 15 day wait period now required by foreign actors and directors to work in Canada.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Temporary Foreign Workers: Film, TV industry assured timely permits

      Regina Popp
      Petition Organizer
      Temporary Foreign Workers: Film, TV industry assured timely permits

      Representatives from the film and TV industry say Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has given them his personal assurance that new rules for temporary foreign workers won't discourage foreign actors and directors from doing business in Canada.

    2. Reached 2,500 signatures
    3. There are some great comments here. Thank you so much everyone.

      Regina Popp
      Petition Organizer

      Having said that, can I ask that we keep comments on topic please? This isn't the correct forum to beg for Tax Credits or to promote your business or yourself.
      We need to focus only on the issue at hand as it is most obviously important to so many Canadian Film workers, our own family's welfare and the businesses that are supported by us.
      I have also deleted all comments which contain profanity. Even if you don't agree with government decisions we must always be respectful. Only then will we have any hope of gaining respect from them.
      Once again thank you all so much for all the frank and informative comments. You've made it very clear why we so desperately need all people involved with the Film Industry in Canada to be taken off the list of what defines a Temporary Foreign Worker.

    4. Quote from article gives hope this is not a problem 'yet'.

      Regina Popp
      Petition Organizer

      “For now, immigration are working with us and being reasonable, but the policy is in place.”
      This is good news. One can hope the issue is resolved by the people pulling for us before it even becomes a problem.


      Canada's TV and film industry at risk over new temporary foreign worker rules: insiders

      Canada's billion-dollar TV and film business could be at risk because of the government's new temporary foreign worker rules, industry insiders are warning. International actors, and film and TV production crews are being classified as temporary foreign workers, and subject to a $1,000 fee and 15-day waiting period under Employment Minister Jason Kenney's reform of the controversial program.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Petition On Hold

      Regina Popp
      Petition Organizer

      Good day everyone and thank you for your support.
      You can still sign the petition but know that timing is everything. It will be forwarded at the right time when it is needed the most if it turns out to be needed at all. That's what we all hope for in the end.
      I am waiting until we have a significant amount of signatures and also to see if this issue gets resolved as swiftly as we need it to which is certainly a hopeful possibility. If there is a delay in the resolution this will be forwarded to the parties addressed within.
      I have discussed this with people who are on the committee fighting for our cause at the highest level and they have a good point in that this issue may be well served to remain out of the spotlight for a few days at least. Foreign productions may not even realize that we have concerns.
      Once again thank you for your support and pass it on!

    7. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Samia Mehdi OTTAWA, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      This is the industry I work in.

    • Sheryl Blundell LINDSAY, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      I have worked in the Toronto Film Industry and we need the work

      And yes the $$

    • Colleen Tobman CALGARY, AB, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      My two grown children are both in the film industry. One of them is a coordinator in the commercial field and has noticed a substantial drop-off in commercials shooting in Calgary. Summers are usually the busiest time, but this summer there was no work. Please note that when you delay permits for directors, cinematographers, and other specialists preferred by the people initiating commercials and paying the bills, the job goes elsewhere, and a hundred or so Canadians are unemployed as a result because the job can't be done here in the allocated time.

    • Tracey Renyard NEW WESTMINSTER, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      I believe this was an oversight, and a necessary change that is currently effects more Candians employed

    • Barry Dempsey BEVERLY HILLS, CA
      • 2 months ago

      I work in the Feature Film industry and need to be able to get work permits and work in Canada. With the Canadian and Providential subsidies, most of the film production work as left my home state of California for Canada.


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