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Mississauga Passes Fair Pay Policy


The city of Mississauga, Ontario, approved its first Musician Fair Pay Policy, marking a significant step toward recognizing and valuing the contributions of musicians within the local art scene.

The policy is one of the first in Canada to set a minimum payment for musicians that perform at city-produced events. It’s the result of Music Strategy: 2022-2026, a five-year plan to support the growth and development of Mississauga’s music industry.

Rates are based on a minimum scale that are set by the current Local 149 (Toronto, ON) Tariff of Fees and apply to city-produced events for live performances.

“Musicians are the foundation of a strong music economy and help contribute to our city’s lively music scene,” says Kristina Zietsma, director of culture and recreation. “By setting these standards, Mississauga not only acknowledges the professional status of musicians, but also sets a precedent for other municipalities to follow. This policy aims to ensure that all performers are compensated fairly for their talents and efforts, fostering a more sustainable and vibrant cultural ecosystem for years to come.”

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