Current Advocacy Activities

Federal Elections: RQD and CDA campaign for dance

The Regroupement québécois de la danse and the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) have joined forces to raise awareness of the sector’s issues among the main political parties running in the federal election. A dozen questions dealing with the economic and social net of dance artists, inclusion and equity, regional development and the mobility of artists in Canada were sent to the Liberal Party of Canada, the Conservative Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party of Canada and the Bloc Québécois.

COVID-19 ASO Response Group

The COVID-19 ASO Response Group submitted a joint letter to government officials, including the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Finance, outlining the dire impacts of the pandemic on our sector and advocating for continued supports for arts and culture.

ASO Response Group, a group of Canadian arts service organizations and networks, working in solidarity to represent more than 2591 arts organizations, 15,482 artists, along with over 1000 affiliated supporters.

As arts service organizations representing broad constituencies, we stand together in solidarity with individuals, networks and organizations to advocate the centrality of arts in our society and create a path forward out of the COVID-19 crisis for the arts and culture ecosystem of Canada.

To complement the work of our individual organizations, we work in collaboration with a variety of sector partners – including but not limited to the Canadian Arts Coalition, Mass Culture, Imagine Canada, and Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance – that share our commitment to transparency, authentic consultation, and research.

View Resources and Updates on our COVID-19 Resources page.

A Case for Basic Income for the Arts

Artists, writers, technicians and performers are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to create a permanent basic income guarantee. Read the public letter signed and endorsed by many artist and organizations in Canada. For more information visit The Ontario Basic Income Network.

You can add you name to the list of signatories online by completing the web form HERE.

CDA’s Pre-Budget Brief

The Canadian Dance Assembly participates actively in Government Agency consultation processes and submitted a brief to the standing committee on finance in early August in advance of the 2021 budget. You can read the full brief HERE.


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