CAPPRTCanadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal
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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.
Given the highly legal nature of the most recent decision of CAPPRT, it seems appropriate that the tribunal is composed of people with several years of experience in legal training and practice.
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.
(62) There are a number of reasons to transfer CAPPRT's jurisdiction to the CIRB.
CAPPRT's members have the potential to be well acquainted with the issues facing the arts community and can be more sensitive to professional relations between federal producers and artists' associations.
In conclusion, there is presently little demand for CAPPRT's statutory functions, those being certification of new artists' associations and adjudicating disputes between artists, artists' associations, and producers.
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.