New Treatment for Foreign Artists Visiting Canada

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According to the Canadian Dance Assembly a new Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption category is being developed for “the performing arts disciplines of dance, opera, orchestra and live theatre” in 2016. Previously all performing artists hired to perform in Canada with Canadian performing arts companies were required to enter the country through the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. With the changes, where the recruiting company is a recipient of Canada Council grant money, such artists can now also enter under the International Mobility Program. The move is another example of how the Canada Council for the Arts is rapidly changing under its new administration, making it easier for artists to work in Canada and lowering administration costs across the board.

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