When you’re part of ACTRA, you’re part of the strongest, full-service cultural union in Canada. Think of it like a 22,000-strong family that’s got your back.
We have negotiated some of the strongest collective agreements for performers in the world and we stand together to make sure engagers deliver the pay and protections that we’ve been promised.
There are many good reasons to be part of our union and ‘work ACTRA’ – here are six:
When you work ACTRA you’re not only guaranteed a minimum fee, once you’ve shot the production and however the production is used, you’re paid for your work. Since 1983 ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society (PRS) has paid out millions in use fees, royalties, residuals and all other forms of compensation or remuneration to which ACTRA members and permit holders are entitled.
By working ACTRA, you’re actually putting away money for your retirement. Every time you work, both the producer and you contribute to your personal RRSP at Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS). That’s a real bonus since over 60% of Canadians aren’t covered by any retirement pension plan.
Each time you work under an ACTRA contract, a portion of your earnings are remitted to AFBS to be put into your own individual retirement savings plan. Thanks to our negotiated collective agreements, producers contribute more than double what you do. AFBS then invests those funds wisely on your behalf to ensure a positive return for you when you retire.
When you work ACTRA, you have access to a full range of health benefits provided by AFBS. In addition to extended medical, dental and eye care, AFBS provides health benefits for retirement facilities, home care and assistance support, special needs, prolonged illness, extended disabilities, addiction treatment, and funerals. And the coverage is not just for you, but may also include your spouse/partner, and any dependent children.
When you work ACTRA you’re considered a professional performer by the film, television and digital media industry. Compared to all other non-union performers, you’ll enjoy preference of engagement with producers. You’ll have access to training programs where you can meet other professionals and learn the inside track of the acting world from how to land the audition, to working with your agent, to managing your finances.
ACTRA’s agreements cover all audio-visual productions and offer a number of incentive programs for lower-budget Canadian productions too!
Intervention when there’s trouble
Our 11 collective agreements establish minimum fees, terms and working conditions on behalf of members working in the audio-visual industry. These agreements do more than make sure you get paid a fair wage; they make sure you are protected every time you step on a set. We’ve got rules covering health and safety, work hours, set conditions, nudity, and harassment. ACTRA is especially proud of our rules protecting young performers.
Got a problem on set? Call ACTRA!
Fighting for our culture
When you work ACTRA, you’ll be a member of one of Canada’s leading cultural organizations. Our union is a vocal advocate for the arts and the right for Canadians to have opportunities to tell and see our own stories. Through ongoing media and lobbying campaigns that target all levels of government, ACTRA speaks out for the development and protection of Canadian culture, a strong film, television and digital media industry, and increased work opportunities for members.