Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is seeking input on a proposed regulation under the new Protecting Child Performers Act. The act received Royal Assent on May 5 and will come into force on February 5, 2016.
The regulatory provisions are intended to promote the best interests, protection and well-being of child performers in the live entertainment industry and the recorded entertainment industry. The deadline for comments on the regulation is October 19, 2015.
Specifically, the ministry is seeking input on a number of provisions that could, for example,
- prescribe a parent or guardian's maximum daily expenses, travel costs and accommodation costs
- govern tutoring for child performers during a production or project
- prescribe persons who are authorized to hold money in trust for child performers
- prescribe rules in connection with the establishment of trusts
- govern the time and manner in which money shall be remitted for the purposes of section 8 of the act (“Income Protection”)
- govern the administration of money held in trust for child performers
- define "clean criminal record" and prescribe individuals required to have a clean criminal record
WSPS is currently reviewing the legislation and regulatory proposal for possible effects on WSPS member firms. In the interim, learn more about the Protecting Child Performers Act and proposed regulation.