A Who’s Who of unions, associations and guilds in Ontario’s film, television and digital interactive/games sector.
Canadian Actors’ Equity Association represents 6,000 active professional artists, including performers (actors, singers, dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers, engaged in live entertainment (theatre, opera and dance) in English Canada.
The Canadian Media Guild represents 6,000 members working at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada (CBC/SRC), The Canadian Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse (AFP), TVO, TFO, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (aptn), ZoomerMedia, Shaw Media and CKOI Radio Gatineau (Québec), as well as media freelancers. Members are the announcers, hosts and reporters you see, hear and read on the radio, TV and online, as well as the administrative support staff, information technology professionals, camera operators, photographers, and customer service representatives.
The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 3,800 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing.
IATSE Local 411 represents Production Coordinators, on set Craftservice Providers and Honeywagon Operators, and works in tandem with all the other Unions, Guilds and Associations in the Toronto area. Members form the backbone of every production, on set and in the office, working through all phases of production, prep to post.
IATSE Local 667 consists of over 850 members involved in motion picture, film, digital, internet and television production. The membership consists of Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Camera Assistants, Unit Publicists, Unit Still Photographers, Electronic Camera people, Video Assist, Digital Engineers and Technicians, Data Management Technicians and Camera Trainees in all phases of filmed or electronically recorded theatrical feature films, films for television release, internet and television series productions. It covers a number of aspects of the industry including camera, wardrobe, hair, lighting, sound, art direction, set design, set construction, special effects, and production office staff.
IATSE Local 828 represents highly skilled craftspeople and artists, including Prop Builders/Buyers, Scenic Artists and Painters in the Golden Horseshoe of Niagara, Hamilton and Toronto. The membership has an exceptionally broad range of skills to meet the needs of the entertainment and display industries.
IATSE Local 873 represents construction, craft service, electric, grip, hair, make-up, paint, script, set dec/props/greens, sound/boom, special effects, transport and wardrobe.
NABET 700 UNIFOR has over 1,000 qualified members in 15 departments of the film and television industry. It was formed in 1970 to provide video tape technicians, but later expanded to provide television and film technicians to Toronto’s growing production industry. Departments include: Continuity (Script Supervisor); Construction; Grip; Hair; Labour; Lighting; Make-up; Paint; Props; Set Dressing; Sound; Special Effects; Videotape; Transportation; and Wardrobe.
The Toronto Musicians’ Association, Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is the Professional Association for musicians in the greater Toronto Area. A member driven association of 3,500 members, the Toronto Musicians’ Association represents professional musicians in our concert halls, theatres, clubs, at private parties, on radio, television, film and recordings.
L’Union des artistes (UDA) représente les artistes qui travaillent en français au Québec et au Canada. L’UDA représente aussi tous les artistes œuvrant dans une autre langue que le français, sauf l’anglais. L’UDA regroupe quelque 11 000 artistes membres, dont environ 7 000 membres actifs et 4 000 membres stagiaires. Ceux-ci sont regroupés au sein de quatre catégories, soit les acteurs, les chanteurs, les animateurs et les danseurs. Ils sont artistes de variétés, comédiens, cascadeurs, choristes, directeurs de plateau, humoristes, annonceurs et chorégraphes.
The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,000 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms.