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ACTRA Stunt Performers’ Canadian Academy discount

Calling all Fellow ACTRA Stunt Community Members,

It is time to help move our community forward and we need all of you to pitch in!

The ACTRA National Stunt Committee has embarked on a pilot project with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (Canadian Academy), with full support of ACTRA, to have members of our stunt community recognized for the incredible contribution our community makes to the film industry here in Canada and abroad.  The end goal is to have stunt categories officially recognized by the Canadian Academy’s awards committee, alongside our other ACTRA sisters and brothers, at the Canadian Screen Awards.

The first proposed category is for our esteemed Stunt Coordinators.

This is long overdue and initial talks with the Canadian Academy finds there is much common ground and appreciation for the work and contribution of our stunt community.  What would film be without action!

This is a historical first step to galvanize recognition at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards and we need to show our support by being enthusiastic supporters and part of the process.

We can do this! To have a say, you have to have a vote.  Similar to the Academy Awards, you have to be a member to have a vote.  The Canadian Academy has made accommodation for a discount for our ACTRA stunt members.

There are fantastic Canadian Academy member benefits as well, aside from our end goal.  The Academy provides a host of free workshops, movie screenings, industry discounts and are eager to design stunt-specific projects to serve our members.

The U.S. Academy has historically shunned stunts.  How very tired are we that the important contributions of stunt performers are continually ignored and even exploited.  Seems the Canadian Academy sees things differently and does indeed treasure our stunt community!

Fitting that we as Canadians can come together as a community and wholeheartedly embrace this important initiative in support of all artists.

Click on here for more information and join the Canadian Academy! Use STUNT2018 as your code for a 25% savings on membership.

Questions?  Contact, Angelica Lisk-Hann or Tania Cardwell.

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Your cheque may not be in the mail

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post have made little progress in their stalled contract negotiations and CUPW could commence strike action as early as midnight on Monday, October 22, 2018.

As a result of the uncertainty, productions have been advised to make alternate arrangements for the delivery of performer cheques until the situation becomes clearer. Commercial cheques will be held for pick-up at your ACTRA branch office.

IPA/Video Games
If you are expecting a cheque from an IPA or Video Game production, check with the production to see what alternate arrangements they may have made for pick-up/delivery.

Commercial Cheques
As per the NCA, Section 26 Remittance of Payments, session payments are due 15 business days from date of production and Use payments are due 20 working days from first air date. Please call your ACTRA branch office to find out if your cheque is there before going to the office pick it up.

We will update you when we have more information.

President’s Message – October 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018

Update on progress in creating respectful workplaces

Over the past year, ACTRA has been and remains dedicated to preventing and reducing harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence within our union and the broader Canadian creative industry. While progress has been made over the last 12 months, there is still more work to be done.

The first step was to convene a group of creative industry stakeholders to collaborate on an industry-wide response to sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence. After this meeting in November 2017, the group released a joint statement committing to zero tolerance for harassment in all its forms and established working groups to develop an industry Code of Conduct, explore safer reporting measures, and review opportunities for industry-wide education and training.

A series of industry stakeholder meetings continued over the winter months and, on March 8, 2018, the Canadian Creative Industries released their Code of Conduct (, which lists useful steps to better identify, address and prevent harassment.

Since becoming signatory in March, our union has remained dedicated to executing these steps to better serve our members. These include identifying and implementing policies and procedures for members to report experiences of harassment as well as creating a process to quickly address reports.

In spring 2018, ACTRA contracted a Respectful Workplaces Advisor who, along with ACTRA’s legal counsel, have guided us through a review of our union’s policies and procedures. They have advised us on making the necessary changes to ensure our union has appropriate guidelines and measures in place to assist and protect members who have experienced harassment or assault.

In June 2018, ACTRA’s National Council unanimously passed amendments to our Constitution and By-Laws to better protect our membership. Specifically, By-Law #17 was amended to set clearer guidelines to ensure respect on set as well as consequences for members who engage in harassing behaviour.

Additional changes to this By-Law include:

  • Clearly laying out members’ responsibilities to uphold workplace, industry and union environments free from harassment and discrimination;
  • Creating a separate and expedited process for complaints of harassment and discrimination;
  • Giving the union the ability to initiate or pursue a complaint even if there has been no formal complaint; and
  • Creating a separate and expedited process for complaints of harassment and discrimination including proportional consequences and reporting of discipline decisions.

Our branches have also undertaken various initiatives within their own memberships to create respectful workplaces, including holding safe space membership meetings, town halls, and education and training sessions as well as providing access to other resources. If you are interested in learning more about other initiatives available to members, please contact your branch.

Your union remains committed to continuing a dialogue and working with our industry partners on this shared responsibility to address these issues. We will provide further updates on any future ACTRA initiatives as they become available.

In solidarity,

David Sparrow

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Treasurer’s Report for the Fiscal Year Ended February 28, 2018

A brief overview of the financial statements for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2018

Your union has been very active this past fiscal year (2017-2018) – negotiating improvements in the National Commercial Agreement; leading the industry’s reaction to the Weinstein sexual harassment revelations; advocating for increased work opportunities for Canadian performers at the CRTC, on Parliament Hill, and in international trade negotiations; and improving our information systems to better serve the ACTRA membership and the industry.

Fiscal 2017/18 Revenue of $6 million increased by $103,300 or 1.8% from the prior year. Equalization Revenue increased by $51,800 or 3.4%.  Full Member per capita payments increased by $26,800 from the prior fiscal year due to an increase in Full Member count of 0.8%. Apprentice Member per capita payments increased by $22,800 from the prior fiscal year reflecting an increase in Apprentice Member count of 6%. Consistent with Canadian accounting principles the investments held for trading were adjusted to their market value at year end.

Total Fiscal 2017/18 expenses of $5.8 million increased by $230,000 or 4.1% from the prior year.

 In Fiscal 2017/18 Collective Agreement Negotiation and Administration costs were $157,200 higher than the prior year. The NCA was negotiated in Fiscal 2017/18.

ACTRA participated at the Canadian Labour Congress Convention held in Toronto in May 2017. Related expenses in Fiscal 2017/18 were $58,200.

Fiscal 2017/18 Salaries are higher than last year by $85,100 or 2.5% due to contractual increases.

Public Policy & Communication expenses are $21,900 or 7.3% higher than last year. This is mostly due to expenses incurred to review the impact of NAFTA renegotiation on ACTRA’s members and the industry. In addition, ACTRA Magazine costs were higher than the previous year due to a larger publication to celebrate ACTRA’s 75th Anniversary.

Research & Bargaining expenses are $13,300 or 38.7% higher than last year. In FY 2017/18 ACTRA began a review of its policies and procedures related to bullying and harassment, which contributed to Research costs being higher than the prior year.

Information Services department expenses decreased by $35,400 or 12.2% from the prior year mostly due to lower director expenses and no external consulting expenses.

The Apprentice Member credit in FY 2017/18 was $17,900 or 30% lower than the prior year; both the number of Apprentice members becoming Full Members and the Credit decreased, by 4.5% and 22% respectively.

Transfer payment to the Branches decreased by $16,500 or 49.9% in FY 17/18 from the prior year.

All other Fiscal 2017/18 expenses account for a decrease of $35,900 from the prior year.

Final results:
ACTRA National’s Fiscal 2017/18 Operating Surplus is $157,700. Consistent with the surplus policy established in October 2007, operating surplus in excess of $2 million will be distributed to the Branches and $157,700 will be distributed in this fiscal year. Consistent with Canadian accounting rules, the transfer to the Branches is recorded on the balance sheet.

ACTRA Branch Support: Harassment

ACTRA takes all reports of harassment seriously. If you need assistance or would like to report an incident, please click on the link below for your branch where you will find further support and information.

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Let’s Celebrate #actra75

*Posts to Instagram are eligible too in addition to Twitter

Celebrate, support and promote your industry to the world in honour of ACTRA’s 75th anniversary!

How to enter:

Snap a photo and share on Twitter and/or Instagram along with a caption that includes the hashtag #actra75 and completes one of these statements:

  1. Being an #ACTRA member means _____
  2. Being an #ACTRA member has meant ____ in my career as a professional performer
  3. When I first got my #ACTRA membership card, I ____
  4. #ACTRA has done ____ to help/protect Canadian culture
  5. #ACTRA performers are an important part of Canada’s cultural fabric because ___


#ACTRA performers are an important part of Canada’s cultural fabric because we help tell stories by Canadians to Canadians and the world #actra75

You must include the hashtag #actra75 to be eligible to enter the contest (and you must craft your own message – you can’t use the example provided above).

One tweet equals one entry for a chance to win one of many ACTRA swag prizes. Enter as many times as you want!

Contest rules:

  1. The contest officially runs from April 1 to December 31, 2018.
  2. A minimum of one (1) prize package will be given out each month for posts done that month up until and including the month of December 2018
  3. The draw will be made within five (5) business days after the end of the given month for which the contest will take place
  4. The eligible month for the contest draw starts on the first day of the month and ends on the last day of the month (i.e. the draw for all social media posts for the month of May will be begin on May 1 and end on May 31. The draw will take place within five (5) business days from the last day of May)
  5. You must have an Active ACTRA membership status to be eligible to enter (i.e. your ACTRA membership status cannot be suspended or withdrawn)
  6. ACTRA members may enter as many times per month as wanted so long as they follow the contest rules and provide a new tweet and image for each entry (i.e. you can’t keep tweeting the same message and image multiple times within the same month)
  7. The winner will be selected randomly from the pool of all eligible entries within the given month
  8. The prize package includes: ACTRA-branded hat, ACTRA-branded T-shirt, ACTRA-branded water bottle and swag item from a Canadian TV show.
  9. The winner will be contacted by email (by the email address on file in AMS) to be advised they are the winner. The winner has three (3) business days to accept the prize by replying to the email from ACTRA National otherwise the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be selected. Upon accepting the prize, if the winner is unable to pick up the prize package from the ACTRA National office (625 Church Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario), the package will be sent by mail to the winner (to the mailing address on file in AMS). ACTRA National will determine the name of the winner based on their social media account so please ensure your name is included in your profile if it is not part of your social media handle (i.e. your name is Mary Smith but your Twitter handle is @Cdnactor).

Women’s March 2018

On January 21, 2017, people of all backgrounds–women and men and gender nonconforming people, young and old, of diverse faiths, differently abled, immigrants and indigenous–came together, 5 million strong, on all seven continents of the world.

On January 20, 2018, we march again.

Women’s March Canada recognizes there is no true peace, freedom, or inclusion without equity for all. Events across the country on January 20th will feature music, art, community booths, and speakers in a shared voice of resistance with advocacy aligned with the national Women’s March Unity Principles: ending violence, protection of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, Indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice. We look forward to sharing this experience with you and engaging our many communities even further.

ACTRA Branch groups

All times local.

ACTRA Maritimes
Halifax (12noon to 2pm)
Meet at Grand Parade Square in front of Halifax City Hall – look for the ACTRA banner that will be proudly visible.

Vancouver (10am)
Please meet at 9:45am at the Olympic Cauldron at the Jack Poole Plaza – look for the yellow and red UBCP/ACTRA flags.

If you would like to attend a march but will not be in one of the cities listed above where an ACTRA branch is participating as a group, please click here for a list of others cities across Canada with marches.

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