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Paying Your Dues – FAQs

**Membership Dues Invoices have gone digital! Invoices were sent by email to Members on March 15, 2017 (to the email registered with ACTRA). Please check your inbox (including your spam/junk folder) for your 2017 Membership Dues Invoice.**

The dues we pay as ACTRA members allow us to negotiate better wages & working conditions and also to create more work opportunities for all our members through effective advocacy and outreach.

ACTRA fights for our culture – and makes sure there are work opportunities for our members
ACTRA is 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.

Do your part. Pay your dues before the April 30th deadline and get involved in your union!

The easiest and fastest way to pay your dues is online at www.actra.ca. You can also submit your dues to your Branch by mail or in person by cheque, money order or cash. If you would like to inquire about making a partial payment, or have any questions about your dues, please contact your Branch or Carole Lindsay, Acting National Membership Secretary (clindsay@actra.ca).

Please note if we do not receive a full or partial payment by April 30th, your ACTRA membership will be suspended and you will be ineligible to work in ACTRA’s jurisdiction until you pay your dues, plus a 10% reinstatement fee.

How to pay

  • Online  

Do you have your membership number and credit card information ready? Click to pay online now.

  • In Person  

You can pay your dues in person during normal business hours (9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday) at your LOCAL BRANCH

Tell us how to find you!

It is your responsibility to make sure your contact information is current. There are a number of ways to update your contact information – pick whichever is easiest for you!

  1. You can change your own info (including your address, agent, phone number, etc.) by using ACTRA’s online membership system at actra.ca. Choose the MEMBER login at the top of the homepage, and click the ACTRA MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM link and login using your USERNAME and PASSWORD;
  2. Use this form – fill it out and include it with your dues payment OR email your changes to clindsay@actra.ca;
  3. In person at your local branch office;
  4. Your agent can update your profile in ACTRAonline.ca for you, if you give them your log-in information to access your profile.

FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD? Go to www.actra.ca and choose “MEMBER Login” at the top of the page, then click the “ACTRA Membership System” link. Click on the “Forgot Login/Password” link; you will be taken to the “Recover Login & Password” page where you will be asked to input your Member ID #, email address on file with ACTRA, and birth date. Your login information will automatically be emailed to you. You can also get your password by contacting Scott Warren at (416) 489-1311 ext 4911 or 1-800-387-3516.

What to do if you don’t receive your invoice

If you haven’t received a dues invoice by Friday, March 24th (please also be sure to check your spam/junk folder), it might be a good idea to call your local branch or Acting National Membership Secretary Carole Lindsay (by email clindsay@actra.ca or by phone at 1-800-387-3516 ext. 4037) and make sure that we have your current contact information on file. It’s your responsibility as an ACTRA member to make sure your address, phone number, email, photo and agent authorization are up-to-date so that your union communications and your cheques are sent to the right place.

Email is important.

ACTRA regularly communicates important information by email. If you don’t have an email address, you are at risk of missing important deadlines.

To update your contact information, go to: https://system.actra.ca/New/Account/LogOn

Going on WITHDRAWAL or INACTIVE STATUS

If you can’t pay your dues and you don’t expect to work in ACTRA’s jurisdiction in the coming year, consider going on withdrawal rather than being suspended. It makes rejoining easier and saves you from paying past dues and expensive reinstatement fees.

Suspension

If your membership is currently suspended you will need to pay to return to being a member in good standing.  Payment is due by April 30, 2017.

While suspended, you may not work as a performer in ACTRA’s jurisdiction until you pay your outstanding dues and reinstate your ACTRA membership.  Any royalties and residuals are also subject to service fees when your membership is suspended. When reinstating from suspended status, a 10% reinstatement fee is also added to the amount of your dues owing. If you don’t reinstate your membership before May 1, 2017, you will be deemed to have RESIGNED your membership in ACTRA. Once your membership is resigned should you seek to rejoin ACTRA, you will have to pay all outstanding fines, penalties, dues and other assessments, plus the qualifying fee of $1,600.00.  So, don’t hesitate, please reinstate your membership in ACTRA today!

ACTRA’s By Laws allow for automatic membership suspension if your dues are not paid by April 30, 2017, and you have not placed your membership on withdrawal. Suspended members cannot work in ACTRA’s jurisdiction and leave themselves vulnerable to being fined if they do work while on suspension. Once suspended, reinstatement requires you to pay all outstanding dues and fees plus a reinstatement fee of 10%.

COST of going on Withdrawal

Pay a 10% fee for any commercial residual cheques you receive and ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society (PRS) will deduct 25% from any royalty payments.

Members may find that their benefit plan with the Actra Fraternal Benefit society (AFBS) is affected by going on withdrawal. Please contact AFBS at 416.967.6600.

To go on withdrawal, you pay a one-time fee of just 25% of the basic annual dues. You can go on withdrawal indefinitely but you will need to pay pro-rated dues for the year you rejoin.

HOW TO QUALIFY to go on withdrawal

To go on withdrawal, you must be a member in good standing with all prior dues and fees paid up. You must have been a full ACTRA member for a least one year to go on withdrawal.

HOW TO GO ON WITHDRAWAL

Complete and return this form  or contact Carole Lindsay, Acting National Membership Secretary, ACTRA National, by e-mail at clindsay@actra.ca or by phone at 1-800-387-3516 extension 4037.

HOW TO REJOIN ACTRA after being on withdrawal

To reinstate your membership, you just have to pay your annual basic dues (pro-rated).

Remember, if you are suspended or on withdrawal, you can’t work in ACTRA’s jurisdiction

So be sure to pay your dues today!

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