May 16, 2013
By Scott Walker
A new bill has been introduced at Queen’s Park that provides protection for children working in the entertainment industry.
NDP MPP Paul Miller’s Private Member’s Bill is called the Protecting Child Performers Act. It provides clear rules on how child performers must be treated, protected, and supported when performing in recorded or live entertainment.
The bill has the support of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists [ACTRA] and Canadian Actors’ Equity.
ACTRA Toronto president David Sparrow says, “We look forward to all-party support in this protection of vulnerable children in Ontario’s performing arts.”
The bill passed first reading in the legislature yesterday.