2020 Member Dues

We appreciate these are difficult times for you and your family.

The spread of coronavirus cases in Canada and around the world has halted life as we know it. We realize this has created a lot of uncertainty and understand our members are faced with many considerations in their personal and professional lives.

To help alleviate some of the stress, ACTRA has made the decision to further extend our dues payment deadline as follows:

For all ACTRA Full Members (excluding UBCP/ACTRA), the deadline for 2020 Annual Basic Dues payments has been extended to August 31, 2020. Annual Fee deadlines for Apprentices (with renewal dates between March and July) and all unpaid ACTRA Additional Background Performers have been extended to August 31, 2020.

Although invoices have not been sent to Full Members, those who can pay are encouraged to do so to allow the critical services of the union, such as residuals processing, contract negotiation and enforcement, to continue without disruption.

For UBCP/ACTRA Members, the decision was made to suspend the collection of basic annual dues and to push the deadline to a future date when the industry is up and running again. For those who have already paid, you will be refunded your basic annual dues. You will receive your dues refund by cheque as soon as UBCP/ACTRA is able to do so. Please be sure your mailing address is up to date with UBCP/ACTRA. You can update your information here or by emailing membership@ubcpactra.ca. Please note, it may take some time to process the cheques.

Select one of these three ways to find out your dues amount owing:

  1. Log-in to the ACTRA Member Zone:
    • Click the “DUES & TAX RECEIPTS” tab (left menu)
    • Under the “INVOICES” section, select “2019” from the Assessment Year drop-down menu then click “Go”
    • Your 2020 dues amount owing will be displayed beside “BALANCE PAYABLE”
  2. Log-in to the ACTRA Online Payment System:
    • Log-in using your Name and ACTRA Member Number
    • Your 2020 dues amount owing will be displayed beside “YOUR OUTSTANDING BALANCE”
  3. Request a copy of your dues invoice: please e-mail members@actra.ca to request your dues invoice be e-mailed to you. Please include your ACTRA Member Number in your e-mail request.

Members experiencing COVID-19-related financial hardship can request to make a partial dues payment. Please e-mail members@actra.ca to find out how.


ACTRA members are part of the strongest, full-service cultural union in Canada – a union that has negotiated some of the strongest collective agreements for performers in the world. It is thanks in part to the dues you pay that ACTRA can continue to negotiate and enforce our world-class collective agreements and protect and promote you and your rights as a performer.

Three Ways to Pay

1. ONLINE

To pay through ACTRA’s online payment system, please have your ACTRA membership number and credit card information ready. Click to pay online now.

2. BANKING INSTITUTION

ACTRA members* (Full, Apprentice and Permittees) can pay their membership dues / annual fees / permit fees using online banking.

How to pay from your bank:

  1. Log-in to online banking at your financial institution
  2. Select the “pay online bills” option
  3. Select “ACTRA NATIONAL” as your bill payee**
  4. Input your ACTRA ID in the “Account number” field
  5. Input the exact amount shown on your dues invoice in the “Amount” field (if you input the incorrect amount, the bank will accept it)
  6. Select submit

*Excludes ACTRA Toronto and UBCP/ACTRA members who pay their dues directly to their branch.
**Make sure you select ACTRA NATIONAL as the payee – not ACTRA Toronto or ACTRA Fraternal – otherwise ACTRA National will not receive your payment.

ACTRA National can be added as an online bill payee at the following banking institutions:

  • BMO
  • CIBC
  • TD Canada Trust
  • RBC
  • Scotiabank
  • Tangerine
  • Credit Unions (for Full Members only)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still pay my dues using ACTRA National’s Online Payment System?

Yes! The online bill payment through your banking institution is just another service ACTRA National provides to members to pay their dues. If you prefer to continue to pay your dues through ACTRA’s Online Payment System, click here.

How do I find out if ACTRA National received my dues payment via online banking?

You can log-in to your account and view your account balance to see if the payment has been applied. If you have made your payment between Monday and Thursday, please allow 24 hours for your payment to be processed. If you have made your payment between Friday and Sunday, please allow 72 hours for your payment to be processed. If your payment has not been applied within the timelines indicated above, please contact the ACTRA National membership department.

What should I do if I have entered incorrect information during the payment process?

Please contact the ACTRA National Membership department for assistance.

3. BY MAIL

At this time, you can submit your dues payment (by cheque or money order only – do not mail cash) by mail to ACTRA National (625 Church Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2G1).

If you would like to inquire about making a partial payment, or have any questions about your dues, please contact your Branch or Colleen Necheff, National Membership Administrator (cnecheff@actra.ca).

Going on WITHDRAWAL

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 having to pay past dues and expensive reinstatement fees.

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

To go on withdrawal, you pay a one-time fee of 25 per cent 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.

When on withdrawal, a 10 per cent fee will be deducted from any commercial residual cheques you receive and ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society (PRS) will deduct 25 per cent from any royalty payments.

Members may find their benefit plan with AFBS is also affected by going on withdrawal. Please contact AFBS at 416-967-6600.

If you qualify and would like to go on withdrawal, please complete and return the WITHDRAWAL REQUEST FORM or contact Colleen Necheff, National Membership Administrator, ACTRA National, by e-mail (cnecheff@actra.ca) or by phone (1-800-387-3516 ext. 4037).

To reinstate your membership, you will 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.

Suspension

ACTRA’s National By-Laws allow for automatic membership suspension if your dues are not paid by the dues payment deadline each year and you have not placed your membership on withdrawal.

If your membership is currently suspended, you will need to pay any outstanding amounts before you are able to return to being a member in good standing.

While suspended, you may not work as a performer in ACTRA’s jurisdiction until your outstanding dues are paid and your ACTRA membership is reinstated. Any royalties and residuals payable to you are also subject to service fees when your membership is suspended. When reinstating your membership from suspended status, a 10 per cent reinstatement fee will also be added to the amount of your dues owing. If you don’t reinstate your membership, you will be deemed to have RESIGNED your membership in ACTRA. Once your membership is resigned, if you wish to rejoin ACTRA, you will have to pay all outstanding fines, penalties, dues and other assessments, plus the qualifying fee of $1,600.

Tell us how to find you!

It is your responsibility to make sure you keep your contact information up to date with ACTRA. There are a number of ways to update your contact information – find out how.