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Ontario Election 2018

Ontario Election Watch:
#ActforArtists on June 7, 2018

 Five Things About Voting

  1. Not sure who the candidates are or where to vote? Elections Ontario has got you covered! Click here to find out where you vote and go to Voter Information Service from May 9 to find a list of candidates in your electoral district. (Note: The deadline for candidate nominations is May 17 at 2p.)
  2. Working on Election Day and won’t get to vote? No problem. Vote in an Advance Poll or by Special Ballot.
    Advance voting will be available from May 26 to May 30, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at Area Advance Voting Locations in your electoral district, and from May 26 to June 1, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at your electoral district Returning Office. On Election Day, polls will be open from 9a to 9p (ET).
  3. Can you still vote even if you didn’t get a voter information card from Elections Ontario? You bet, as long as you’re 18 years of age or older; a Canadian citizen; and a resident of Ontario! Remember to bring ID with you on Election Day. Find out if you’re already on the voters list or if you need to register to vote
  4. Want to share some #democraselfies? Photos aren’t allowed behind the voting screen in the polling station. But photos are allowed outside the voting place, so selfies with the sign outside are just fine!
  5. Which candidates will support Ontario’s thriving screen industry? Stay tuned.

FilmOntario will be asking all the parties a series of questions about film and TV commitments and sharing the responses with ACTRA.


There’s a lot at stake in this election

  • Ontario’s film and television production industry accounted for 33,000 jobs and contributed $1.6 billion to the economy in 2017.
  • Studios in Ontario have been operating near or at capacity for the past year. Last year they had to turn away an estimated $130 million worth of business, which could have meant an additional 1,000 jobs.
  • Precarious work is the new norm, and not just for performers and artists. Hundreds of thousands of Ontario workers are in temporary, contract or part-time jobs.

Essential Questions for Candidates

  1. Will you commit to stable film and television tax credits in Ontario?
  2. Will you commit to investing in studio infrastructure to ensure Ontario is able to continue to attract a growing number of productions?
  3. What investments will you support to make life better for precarious workers?

Key Messages for Candidates

  1. The arts matter to Ontarians and are an important part of community life.
  2. Artists live and work in all our communities. They support local businesses and help attract business.
  3. The provincial government plays an important role in supporting the arts and culture sector.

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