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Status: Bill 75 was introduced on October 26, 2021
Ministry responsible: Culture and Status of Women

Overview

Bill 75: Arts Professions Recognition Act would promote greater economic security, freedom of expression and professional recognition for Alberta’s artists.

If passed, Bill 75 will endorse the importance of contracts when engaging artists for services, ensuring fair financial treatment for artists. Bill 75 would also encourage greater respect for freedom of expression, the arts and artists as professionals, and their associations.

In 2019, the visual and applied arts and live performance industries contributed about $1.3 billion in GDP and 20,000 jobs in Alberta. However, artists median income ($28,500) is 51% lower than that of all Alberta workers ($52,400). Artists with university degrees earn about 55% less ($30,300) than workers with the same education ($66,500).

The proposed Arts Professions Recognition Act is part of the government’s commitment to grow culture industries in the province by 25% over the next 10 years and is an important step in Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Key changes

If passed, Bill 75 will:

  • formally acknowledge artists’ value and contributions to Alberta and promote their work and their rights to help make their artistic enterprises profitable
  • protect artists’ economic and contractual rights
  • emphasize in law Alberta’s continued commitment to freedom of artistic expression
  • model the way for private and non-profit employers and contractors in Alberta’s economy, and help legitimize the professional nature of artists’ work

Next steps

If passed, Bill 75 will come into force upon proclamation. An implementation plan will be developed within a year following proclamation.

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