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The Canadian Live Music Association responds to introduction of British Columbia's Ticket Sales Act

For Immediate Release:  April 11, 2019

The Canadian Live Music Association congratulates the British Columbia Government on the introduction of the Ticket Sales Act on April 9, 2019.  The Bill will establish a regulatory framework for the sale and resale of tickets to live recreational, sporting or cultural events in British Columbia. Highlights of the Bill include:
  • Prohibition on bots/mass ticket-buying software
  • Transparency requirements for all ticket sellers
  • Protections for ticket purchases on the secondary market
  • Ban on the sale of tickets that sellers do not have in their possession or control
“This legislation is good for fans,” said Erin Benjamin, President & CEO of the Canadian Live Music Association, “and it’s good for the growth and momentum of BC’s incredible concert sector which creates almost 7,000 jobs and contributes $815 million to BC’s economy.  (Source:  Hear, The Beat: The Economic Impact of Live Music in BC; May 2018)  The Canadian Live Music Association commends the Honourable Mike Farnsworth, Public Safety and Solicitor General, and his team for their commitment to working with the live music industry to develop this Bill.”

The Canadian Live Music Association looks forward to continuing to work with the government on the details of the new framework.  The Canadian Live Music Association members share the government's goal of getting tickets, safely and at a fair market price, into the hands of fans.  

Read the government’s news release here.
Read the Bill here.

For further information, please contact Victoria Shepherd, Director of Operations, at 647-502-3364 or
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