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April 27, 2006Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) Response to issues raised byIndustry CanadaCurrent PEMD Audit of FDCC
There is no disagreement on the FDCCs part on the reasons for the audit being launched..As a result, the FDCC is now paying $1000 a month based on an audit totalling $22,000.The FDCC has cooperated on this and the issue should not become one that further restricts the FDCC in future dealings with the government.
Benefits Being Offered to FDCC Members as Trade Association
The FDCC does in fact offer various benefits to its members. This includes 2 tickets toeach Fashion Week event and a regular newsletter with updates on issues throughout thedesign industry. As well, over the past two years, the FDCC has operated a two-person“Government Action Team” that has directly conveyed to government officials the FDCCview point concerning the challenges facing fashion designers in Canada.Above all else, we support and help sponsor any number of shows and installations thatdesigners create throughout the year. Many of these shows can only happen with FDCCsupport. Without our support, many young designers would never have a chance toshowcase their talents outside of Fashion Week.Also, Each member is invited to spend an hour/half hour or so with Robin Kay, to discusstheir careers and discuss and critique their career goals. This has proven to be extremelyvaluable to FDCC members.
How is Toronto Fashion Week Different than other Canadian FashionWeeks?
Toronto Fashion Week is the only recognized national fashion week event in the country. Neither Montreal nor Vancouver are recognized in the same way, both within the industryitself and in terms of media coverage. Almost one-third of TFW designers each