December 8, 2015
Toronto, ON — Canadian performers have reached a tentative Memorandum of Agreement for the renewal of their Independent Production Agreement (IPA). Upon ratification, performers will receive a rate increase of six per cent over the three-year term of the new deal.
The 2016-2018 IPA provides a number of improvements in working conditions, including increased work opportunities for Background Performers; the establishment of minimum Rest Between Day terms for Stunt Coordinators; and performer protections related to dignity and respect issues.
This Agreement also achieves a ground-breaking approach to productions made for and exhibited on New Media platforms, including improved Performer compensation terms. ACTRA Members will now enjoy the best contractual minimum fees and Use rights for New Media production in the world.
“Through the firm resolve and dedication of our 2015 IPA Negotiating Committee, we successfully overcame a complex series of issues to negotiate one of the best settlements in North America,” says ACTRA National President Ferne Downey. “We stood together to advocate for the rights of all Members – across all of ACTRA’s performance categories – to ensure the Use of their work is protected, and they have healthy and safe work conditions.”
“With already one of the best performer Agreements in the world, our goal is always to secure a fair deal with improved working conditions for our hard-working Members,” says Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director. “In the ever-evolving area of digital content exhibition, we achieved significant improvements for our Members in compensation for performances distributed on New Media platforms.”
The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM) commenced negotiations in Toronto on October 19, 2015. The IPA covers the engagement of Performers in all film, television and New Media production in Canada (except for British Columbia, which operates under a separate collective agreement negotiated by ACTRA’s local, UBCP/ACTRA). The current IPA expires December 31, 2015. Before the end of the year, ACTRA Members will vote on the terms of the next Agreement by means of an online referendum ballot. If the tentative settlement is ratified, the new Agreement will take effect January 1, 2016.
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.
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