CIMA Fights for Labour Mobility for Artists and Cultural Exemption in NAFTA Renegotiation

On May 18, 2017, the United States formally notified Congress of its intention to initiate negotiations related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. In order to prepare for the negotiations, Canada undertook a broad consultation process with Canadians.

Canadians were invited to take part in the conversation by completing and online consultation form or by participating in consultation events around the country before the July 18th deadline.


CIMA’s submission was focused on 2 priorities:

  1. Seeking full reciprocity in the treatment of Canadian musicians crossing the border to work in the United States. This would mean the elimination of visas/work permits for artists entering the U.S. for tours or shows.
  2. Ensuring that the “Cultural Exemption Clause” be taken off the negotiation table during NAFTA discussions. This is necessary to retain Canada’s ability to implement a full range of measures, from content quotas, to broadcasting rules, to public institutions, to funding programs, that support Canadian artists and cultural producers.

The feedback provided by participants will be anonymized, aggregated and analyzed by the Department for the purpose of identifying the views and interests of Canadians and Canadian stakeholders on NAFTA. This will help to inform our government’s decision on next steps regarding the renegotiation and modernization of the NAFTA with Mexico and the United States. The resulting aggregate data may also be used in public facing reports.