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The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres is a leading advocate for theatre in Canada and often provides a united voice for Canadian theatre companies.

We believe that theatre makes an essential contribution to Canadian life and that the experience of theatre should be readily accessible to Canadians, and we work to influence government policy to advance these beliefs.

Our Advocacy Committee directs the association’s ongoing advocacy activities, which aim to educate and inform stakeholder groups as well as the general public. The Advocacy Committee works closely with the Cultural Diversity, Diversity, and Membership committees to promote and represent all aspects of diversity within theatre so that all professional theatre artists and all forms of professional theatre can thrive.

Arts Day on the Hill

Arts Day on the Hill is an annual event organized by the Canadian Arts Coalition that gathers together members of the Canadian arts community to meet with Members of Parliament and key senior staff to discuss the value of the arts in Canada and how investment in the arts plays into the economic, cultural and social health of Canada. PACT is a founding member of the Canadian Arts Coalition, sits on their steering committee and has participated in Arts Day on the Hill every year it’s been held.

Since its inception the Canadian Arts Coalition has advocated for the government of the day to double funding to the Canada Council for the Arts, a request that was granted as part of the 2016 Federal Budget.

Pre-Budget Submissions

Each year we prepare a submission to the federal Standing Committee on Finance as they set the budget for the coming year. Our suggestions often echo or support those proposed by the Canadian Arts Coalition and Imagine Canada and are always intended to advance the theatre industry in Canada.

Other Projects and Issues

We also monitor arts funding, public policy and federal legislation, addressing issues as they arise. In the past this has included working with the Canadian Revenue Agency on Status of the Artist language, working with the federal government on working with international artists, and representing the interests of our membership to the Canada Council for the Arts.

Recent Advocacy News
01Nov 18

Advocacy Works! A Multi-pronged Approach

On October 25, 2018, the Minister of Canadian Heritage & Multiculturalism, Pablo Rodriguez, made the official announcement that the federal government was permanently lifting the cap on the Endowment Incentives…

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