NDP MPP Peter Tabuns introduced a private member’s bill in the Ontario legislature Monday that he says will support labour stability in the film and television industry. “The act is meant to take the existing labour agreements in the film and television industry that exist outside the Labour Relations Act and bring them into the act so they can make use of the mechanisms there for resolution of disputes,” Tabuns said in the legislature as Bill 137, the Labour Stability in the Film and Television Industry Act, was introduced. Ron Haney, CEO and executive director of the Directors Guild of Canada-Ontario, said in a statement that the proposed legislation codifies practices the industry has used for many years. “This legislation, if passed, will send a message of stability and assist us in pursuing work opportunities for all Artists and other cultural workers in Ontario,” he said. “There is no reason it cannot get full support from MPPs from all parties and I look forward to it becoming the law.” ACTRA Toronto, the Directors Guild of Canada-Ontario, Nabet CEP local 700 and the Toronto Musicians Association said in a release that the organizations have negotiated collective agreements with producers “for many, many years,” which “establish minimum terms and conditions for workers in the industry.” Heather Allin, president of ACTRA Toronto, said in a statement that these collective bargaining practices normally work well, but ambiguity about the legal status of the Ontario film and television industry unnecessarily complicate the process. “The result is money that should be spent on film making is wasted on legal maneuvers. This bill would bring an end to that and allow us to get on with what we do best—grow the Ontario film and television industry,” she said. ACTRA said Toronto’s film, television, and digital media sectors generated $900 million in 2009.