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Canadian Performers Ratify New 2016-2018 Independent Production Deal

ACTRA Members vote “YES” to new three-year Agreement

December 24, 2015

TORONTO, ON — An overwhelming number of ACTRA Members – 95.5 per cent – have voted YES in favour of ratifying the 2016-2018 Independent Production Agreement (IPA).

In addition to a rate increase of six per cent over the three-year term of the new deal, the 2016-2018 IPA settlement also 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 Improvements for Performers working in animation.

The new agreement also achieves a ground-breaking approach to productions made for and exhibited on New Media platforms – including improved Performer compensation terms – to guarantee ACTRA Members the best contractual minimum fees and Use rights for New Media production in the world.

“The result of this referendum is a display of the trust ACTRA Members have in their union and bargaining team,” says Ferne Downey, ACTRA National President. “It was through this dedicated team that we were able to overcome a complex series of issues to negotiate one of the best settlements in North America.”

“As unions around the world face steep demands for rollbacks at the bargaining table, ACTRA resisted these concessions and fashioned an Agreement that sets a new international standard for New Media production and Use,” added Stephen Waddell, Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director.

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). With the current IPA expiring December 31, 2015, 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 Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.


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