As women who have been working in the Canadian film and television industry for over three decades (on opposite sides of the country!), we are heartened by recent gender equity advancements in creative leadership positions in productions funded by Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, CBC and the NFB.
We believe the recent commitment by the Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage to examine the federal tax credit program which supports the wages for women working below-the-line positions could be a game changer.
The tax credit program distributes close to one billion dollars annually to Canadian and foreign-service production but does not include policies to address gender equity or inclusion of workers who are currently marginalized in the screen industry workforce (including Indigenous, racialized, people with disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ peoples) as part of its review criteria and eligibility requirements. As such, it remains the last and largest pillar of federal government funding without such criteria.
The Honourable Minister Stephen Guilbeault has agreed that this inequity must be addressed. Speaking live across the nation, at a virtual town hall held by WIFT Canada on June 19, 2020, he made a firm commitment to start the process and asked us to hold him to this promise. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE