ACTRA will be updating this page regularly with information related to the COVID-19 pandemic as it becomes available. Please check back frequently for updates.
NEW: THE LAW & VACCINE MANDATES TOWN HALL
ACTRA hosted a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, during which legal experts discussed employer considerations in balancing safety with employee privacy and other legal obligations. Click here to read a transcript of this Town Hall discussion.
SAFETY ON SET RESOURCES
As conditions on each set or workplace vary, members should contact their ACTRA Branch directly with any questions.
As production resumes across the country, provinces and industry stakeholders are releasing return-to-work health & safety guidelines for the screen-based media production sector:
GOVERNMENT INCOME SUPPORT
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB): this benefit provides $500/week ($450 after taxes withheld) of paid sick leave to any worker in Canada who falls ill or has to self-isolate due to COVID-19. If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. Individuals cannot apply for periods that are closed, and may not claim this benefit and another sick leave payment at the same time. NEW The CRSB ended on May 7, 2022. If you are eligible, you can only apply for open CRSB periods, up to 60 days after each period has ended. The last period for the CRSB is period 84 (May 1 to 7, 2022), which will be open for application until July 6, 2022.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB): this benefit provides $500/week ($450 after taxes withheld) to Canadians who must stay home to care for a child under 12 or another dependent because their school, daycare or other day program facility is shut down due to COVID-19. If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. Individuals who choose to keep their children home even though the facility is open will not qualify unless they provide proof there is a medical reason to do so such as an immunodeficiency disorder. NEW The CRCB ended on May 7, 2022. If you are eligible, you can only apply for open CRCB periods, up to 60 days after each period has ended. The last period for the CRCB is period 84 (May 1 to 7, 2022), which will be open for application until July 6, 2022.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- If your concerns are related to COVID-19, there will be a designated person responsible for enforcing the production’s COVID-19 health and safety policy. Check the call sheet for their contact information.
- If your issue concerns an intimate scene, assistance may be available from the intimacy coordinator if one has been engaged by the production.
- If this is an emergency, you have the right to refuse unsafe work. Provincial workplace health and safety legislation gives workers the right to refuse work they believe is unsafe to themselves or others. Workers who believe they are endangered by workplace violence may also refuse work. Please see your provincial workplace health and safety guidelines for the specific procedures to follow to establish a work refusal.
- You can also contact your ACTRA Branch or call HAVEN Helpline (1-855-201-7823) for assistance.
Canada Media Fund (Assistance Programs Directory)
Creative Arts Financial
Canada Black Mutual Aid Fund
Glad Day Lit Emergency Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers
Inside Out’s RE:Focus Fund
Health & Wellness Resources
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Calltime Mental Health
Canadian Mental Health Association
Depression and the pandemic – a deep dive
Ending Violence Association of Canada
How to wear a non-medical mask or face covering properly
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Prevention Link COVID resources
Wellness Together Canada
Canada Council for the Arts
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre – COVID-19 Fraud
Canadian Labour Congress
Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC)
National Film Board of Canada (Education Resources)
Telefilm Canada (Event Updates and Industry Resources)
Toronto & York Region Labour Council