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Email your MP about the Artist’s Resale Right

CARFAC and RAAV are relaunching our campaign to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada. The new government has been vocal about their support for the arts and we are hopeful they will see the importance of this initiative.

You can help!

Members of Parliament are highly motivated by what their constituents want. Sending an email to your MP helps to raise awareness on Parliament Hill and show public support. It only takes a minute with our easy web form.

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Copies will also be sent to Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Industry, Science and Eceonomic Development Navdeep Bains, MPs Dan Ruimy and Julie Dabrusin - the respective chairs of the INDU and Heritage committees currently reviewing the Copyright Act and resale right champion MP Pierre Nantel

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Hello [Member of Parliament's Name],

As one of your constituents, I ask you to support bringing the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada.

The Artist's Resale Right would give artists 5% when their work is resold. This is important because the full value of an artwork often isn’t realized on the initial sale. It is common for visual art to appreciate in value over time, as the reputation of the artist grows.For example, Inuit artist, Kenojuak Ashevak, sold her piece Enchanted Owl in 1960 for $24. It was later resold for $58,650. Ashevak got nothing from the resale.

Once established in Canada, artists would be able to benefit from reciprocal arrangements with the 93 other countries where the Artist's Resale Right exists.

Canada’s Aboriginal artists in particular are losing out on the tremendous profits being made on their work in the secondary market. A piece from the Economist in 2013 called on government to do more to help the development of art in Nunavut by implementing the Artist’s Resale Right:

For details about how the Artist’s Resale Right would work and frequently asked questions, visit:

Thank you,

[Your name]

Photo: © Oxford

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