In its decision, CAPPRT engaged in statutory interpretation of the Act, made reference to its previous decisions, and also considered previous decisions from the Canada Industrial Relations Board.
Section l0 of the Act requires that CAPPRT be composed of a Chairperson, a Vice-chairperson and fewer than two or more than four other full-time or part-time members.
There are sixteen previous members of CAPPRT from varying backgrounds.
The CAPPRT submits annual reports to Parliament through the Minister of Labour on its activities for the fiscal year.
As previously discussed, CAPPRT is limited to certifying artists' associations, and thereafter to hearing complaints about artists' associations in their representation of their members, and the behaviour of both artists' associations and federal producers in their negotiations.
This data suggests that CAPPRT has fulfilled its primary function: identification of cultural sectors appropriate for representation, and certification of artists' associations to represent those sectors in collective bargaining agreements.
CAPPRT reports to the Minister of Labour, and not the Minister of Canadian Heritage, which is indicative of a focus on labour issues as opposed to arts issues.
CAPPRT must determine which artists' association it considers is the most representative of artists in a sector, whereas CIRB must satisfy itself that a majority of the employees in a bargaining unit wish to have a trade union represent them.
Notwithstanding the questionable need for the CCSA and CAPPRT, the fundamental idea of giving collective bargaining rights to artists is a good one.
Elizabeth MacPherson, general counsel and executive director for CAPPRT in the late 1990s and now Chairperson of CIRB, declared that:
Several scale agreements have been concluded since it was brought into force; eight scale agreements were filed with CAPPRT in the 2010-2011 fiscal year alone.
The CCSA became defunct soon after the Act came into force; the CAPPRT seems to have fulfilled its primary function by defining the cultural sectors appropriate for representation and certifying associations for those sectors.