Canada scraps foreign musician tax

The Canadian government has abolished a $275 processing fee it had added to the $150 work permit required for every non-Canadian who plays in small Canadian venues.

It’s a small step. much to be welcomed. Chamber musicians should breathe a sigh of relief.

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  • These fees never applied to “chamber musicians” in the first place, unless they were playing in a pub, restaurant, resort or the like where profit is the main motivation. Otherwise, it’s quite easy for foreign musicians to enter Canada. All they need is a contract and a letter from the presenter/producer stating that their venue is “exempt” and they are on their way, no work permit required. I do this all the time. CBSA even has a website now where you can register your concerts/festivals in advance so they know when to expect musicians to arrive at customs.

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