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The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is the voice of the professional dance sector in Canada and promotes a healthy, sustainable environment in which professional dance practice can grow and thrive.  CDA cultivates a strong national voice for Canadian professional dance and supports the development of resources for this field of artistic expression. Through conferences, workshops, and networking events we connect the dance community from coast to coast, building a cohesive and dynamic milieu.


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  • Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur 31-Jul-2014

    Founded in 1992 and established in Saint-Sauveur since 1997, the Festival des Arts is one of Canad..

  • CDA AGM and 10th Anniversary Party 10-Sep-2014

    We look forward to celebrating with you! Join us September 10 at 4:30pm for our AGM, followed by a 1..

  • Healthy Dancer Canada 7th Annual Conference: A Focus on Prevention and Wellness in Dance 14-Sep-2014

    Healthy Dancer Canada 7th Annual Conference: A Focus on Prevention and Wellness in Dance W..

    • Temporary Foreign Worker Program / Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires

      17-Jul-2014 On June 20, 2014 important changes were announced to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). These changes are in response to growing mistreatment of the program by corporate employers, according to the news release.

      One of the most significant aspects for performing arts companies is the transformation of the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) into a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. Below are some key changes to the program:

      - The new LMIA is much more comprehensive and rigorous. Employers must provide additional information, including the number of Canadians that applied for their available job, the number of Canadians the employer interviewed, and explain why those Canadians were not hired;
      - The LMIA fee is increasing from $275 to $1,000 for every temporary foreign worker position requested by an employer, effective immediately;
      - Employment and Social Development Canada will be seeking the authority to impose a $100 privilege fee on employers applying for LMIA’s to offset the costs of government investments in skills and job training;
      - The program prohibits employers from hiring low-wage temporary foreign workers in regions where the unemployment rate is above six per cent (6%);
      - The amount of time a temporary foreign worker can be employed in Canada is being reduced from four to two years.

      In order to prepare for a conversation with our national professional performing arts colleagues we are asking for the following information, if applicable to your company: 

      - How many international (including US) artists do you usually engage or hire as individual artists within a season?
      - What do you engage or hire those artists to do (perform, choreograph, teach, etc)?
      - Any anecdotal issues you have experienced since June 2013 requesting Labour Market Opinions
      - Any anecdotal issues you have experienced since June 2013 securing work permits 

      Please send your responses by e-mail to Aviva Fleising, General Manager, at aviva@dancecanada.net by July 31. Please also let Aviva know if you (or a representative from your company) would like to participate in a conference call with our other performing arts partners.

      CDA thanks PACT and CAPACOA for their assistance in providing the content for this Advocacy Alert.

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      Le 20 juin dernier, d’importants changements ont été apportés au Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires (PTET), en réaction au mauvais usage de ce programme par un nombre croissant d’employeurs, selon la presse.

      Parmi les changements les plus importants pour les organismes oeuvrant dans les arts de la scène, citons celui de la transformation de l'avis relatif au marché du travail (AMT) en Étude d'impact sur le marché du travail (EIMT), ainsi :

      - Le processus de l'EIMT est plus complet et rigoureux. Les employeurs doivent fournir des renseignements supplémentaires, comme le nombre de Canadiens qui ont posé leur candidature à l’égard du poste disponible, le nombre de Canadiens que l’employeur a passé en entrevue et des explications sur les raisons pour lesquelles la candidature de ces Canadiens n’a pas été retenue;
      - Les frais liés à une EIMT passeront de 275 $ à 1000 $ pour chaque poste destiné à un travailleur étranger temporaire demandé par un employeur;
      - Emploi et Développement social Canada demandera le pouvoir d’imposer des frais de 100 $ donnant droit à un privilège pour les employeurs présentant une demande d’EIMT pour compenser les investissements supplémentaires du gouvernement du Canada au chapitre des compétences et de la formation;
      - Interdiction pour les employeurs d'embaucher des travailleurs étrangers temporaires à faible salaire dans les régions où le taux de chômage est supérieur à six pour cent (6 %);
      - Réduction de quatre à deux ans de la période pendant laquelle un travailleur étranger temporaire peut travailler au Canada.

      En vue de notre prochaine rencontre à ce propos avec nos collègues professionnels des arts de la scène de tout le pays, nous vous invitons à répondre au court questionnaire ci-dessous.

      - Combien d’artistes étrangers (y compris des États-Unis) embauchez ou engagez-vous durant une saison?
      - Pour quelles fonctions embauchez ou engagez-vous ces artistes (interprétation, chorégraphie, scénographie, formation, etc.)?
      - Avez-vous connu depuis juin 2013 des cas exigeant la consultation des Avis relatifs au marché du travail?
      - Avez-vous connu depuis juin 2013 des problèmes relativement à des demandes de permis de travail?

      Veuillez faire parvenir le questionnaire rempli à Aviva Fleising, gestionnaire générale, par courriel, aviva@dancecanada.net, au plus tard le 31 juillet. Veuillez également faire part à Aviva de votre désir (ou celui d’un représentant de votre compagnie) de participer à une conférence téléphonique avec d’autres acteurs du milieu des arts de la scène.
       
      L’ACD remercie la PACT et la CAPACOA pour les informations fournies dans le cadre de cet Appel à l’action.
    • Job Opportunity - Education and Outreach Manager at DanceWorks

      08-Jul-2014 DanceWorks, a leading presenter of contemporary dance in Toronto, is looking for a part-time Education and Outreach Manager on contract to cover maternity leave from August 2014 until July 2015. Duties will be to coordinate all educational programming and communications, social media campaigns, statistics tracking, and assist with grant applications and final reports.

      Closing date for applications: Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 5pm

      See the full job posting here

    • Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) / Loi canadienne anti-pourriel (LCAP)

      25-Jun-2014 What you need to know about Bill C-28: Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

      On July 1st, Bill C-28, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) will come into effect. This legislation is expected to bring welcome relief from a range of annoying and predatory spam tactics, but it will also enforce new legal requirements which have potential implications for individual artists as well as arts organizations.

      Take note! CASL can potentially apply to any individuals, organizations (including not-for-profits) and others who send commercial electronic messages.

      Read more on the new law.

      Access free resources to help prepare for CASL 

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      Ce que vous devez savoir au sujet du projet de loi C-28 : la Loi canadienne anti-pourriel (LCAP)

      Le 1er juillet, le projet de loi C-28, la Loi canadienne anti-pourriel (LCAP), entrera en vigueur. Cette loi, qui devrait nous soulager d'un éventail de tactiques irritantes et prédatrices d'envoi de pourriels, mettra également en application de nouvelles exigences législatives qui pourraient toucher les artistes et les organismes artistiques.

      Veuillez noter que la LCAP s’applique potentiellement à toute personne ou à tout organisme (y compris les organismes sans but lucratif) qui envoie des messages électroniques commerciaux.

      En lire davantage sur la nouvelle loi.

      Autres ressources en vue de se préparer à l’application de la LCAP

    • Congratulations to CDA Board member Louis Laberge-Côté on his Dora Award win!

      25-Jun-2014

      It was an incredible night for Toronto theatre when our community joined together to celebrate another year of performing arts in Toronto on the evening of June 23rd at the WestJet Stage at the Harbourfront Centre for the 35th Annual Dora Awards.

      For the 2013-2014 season, 143 producing companies (up 41 from last season's 102) registered eligible productions. A total of 48 Dora Awards, plus the Silver Ticket Award and the Audience Choice Award, were given out in a glittering ceremony hosted by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, founding Co-Artistic Directors of the three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning The National Theatre of the World.

      A huge congratulations also to all the winners and nominees. 

      See a full list of Dora Award 2014 recipients here

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