2020-21 Member Dues

This has been a challenging time for ACTRA Members and everyone working in Canada’s screen-based production industry as the spread of coronavirus cases in Canada and around the world has created a lot of uncertainty.

In light of the impact COVID-19 has had on work opportunities across Canada, ACTRA made the decision to defer 2020-21 dues payments to August 31, 2020. To further alleviate some of the stress, ACTRA Branches across Canada made the decision to offer members the one-time option to reduce your 2020-21 basic dues amount by 25%. The reduction does not apply to your working dues. When making your dues payment in the ACTRA Online Payment System, you will have the option of paying your dues amount in full or paying the reduced amount.

If you are in a position to pay your dues amount in full, it would be greatly appreciated. Your dues help contribute to the work ACTRA continues to do throughout this pandemic – including lobbying the government to create and extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the associated $1,000 in earnings exemption (excluding residuals), the creation of the health and safety return-to-work protocols, and the processing of residuals, call-back cheques, and remittances that were forwarded to AFBS for member insurance and retirement funds. But if you need the discount, the option is available.

ACTRA Members who have already paid their 2020-21 dues amount in full have the option of requesting a one-time 25% credit be applied to their 2021-22 dues. To exercise this option, please send your request in writing to members@actra.ca by February 28, 2021.

Dues invoices for 2020-21 have been sent by E-mail to ACTRA Members. Further dues payment details for ACTRA Toronto Members and UBCP/ACTRA Members can be found on their websites.

In addition to reviewing the dues invoice you received by E-mail, you can also find out your dues amount owing by:

  1. Logging-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. Logging-in to the ACTRA Online Payment System:
    • Log-in using your Name and ACTRA Member Number
    • You will have the option of paying one of the two balances displayed on your screen:
      • “FULL BALANCE DUE (OPTIONAL)” or
      • “BALANCE DUE WITH COVID CREDIT”
    • Select your dues payable option by clicking the red button beside the amount you wish to pay

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.

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