As part of a plan to crack down on temporary foreign workers, last summer the Canadian government added a $275 processing fee on top of a $150 work permit requirement for each and every member of a band and crew from outside the country playing in Canadian venues. Some non-profit venues and festivals were exempt, but small clubs - who often pay bands less than the new combined fees, were not. One calculation put the cost to fans oat $4.25 per ticket per band member in a 100 seat club. Prior to the changes, the fee was $150 per band...

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