The Regulation of Talent Agents in Canada

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Ricardo Cestero over at Law Law Land remarks on the inherent tensions in the relationship between talent and talent agents (Agents vs. Talent: Money For Nothing?) - Ricardo's post prompted this quick review of the regulation of Canadian talent agents. (This post will ignore general laws and regulations which are generally applicable to business activity.)

Only the Province of British Columbia expressly regulates the activities of talent agents. The British Columbia Ministry of Labour offers information on their website about the relevant provincial regulations and maintains a list of licensed talent agencies. As the Ministry website notes, the basic elements of the BC regulatory regime are as follows:

• Talent agents in B.C. must be licensed by the Director of Employment;

• Talent agencies fees may not be more than 15 percent of wages;

• Photo fees (up to $25 annually) may only be deducted from actual earnings;

• No other fees may be charged by a talent agency.

Please see full article below for more information.

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