ACTRA Toronto is proud to join with other progressive organizations to promote artists and the Canadian film, television and new media industry. Click on the organizations below to find out more about what they do.
Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union
Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union is a cooperatively run banking institution chartered in 2008 for the benefit of members of organizations serving the entertainment industry. Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union is not part of ACTRA, NABET, IATSE or any of our members’ organizations. It is an entirely separate entity, incorporated under the laws of Ontario, and operating at arm’s length. Unlike the big banks, your credit union cares about and serves only one group — our group — the creative community. When you save here, your money benefits only yourself and other credit union members. If you are granted a loan, the money comes from the credit union, not the ACTRA treasury or any of our other constituency organizations. At Creative Arts, identifying yourself as a professional working in the entertainment industry is the beginning of a financial conversation, not the end. Bank with us and build our community.
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.
ACTRA Toronto members, along with all ACTRA performers, are part of the biggest, full-service cultural union in Canada. We have negotiated some of the strongest collective agreements for performers in the world and we stand together to make sure engagers deliver the pay and protections that we’ve been promised.
Actra Fraternal Benefit Society
Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS) is a not-for-profit, Member-owned, federally incorporated insurance company operating for over 35 years. Members of AFBS are primarily members of ACTRA and the Writers Guild of Canada.
AFBS provides services to Members through three distinct business segments, Insurance Operations, Fraternal Operations, and Retirement Operations. Each business is distinctly funded and benefits provided to Members are integrated into the Society’s operation. AFBS provides insurance, health care, life and Fraternal Benefits as well as retirement plan programs to Members pursuant to collective bargaining agreements negotiated between the Unions (ACTRA or the Writers Guild of Canada) and Engagers.
Performers’ Rights Society
ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society is the arm of ACTRA that collects and disburses Use Fees, royalties, residuals and all other forms of compensation or remuneration that performers may be entitled to as a result of their work.
ACTRA PRS makes sure you get the money you’re owed not only when you work but also when the production is distributed – no matter where and how the production is seen. Since we were incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1983, ACTRA PRS has paid out millions of dollars in Use Fees. In 2009 alone, ACTRA PRS distributed almost 38,000 cheques to performers totalling $5.4 million. Over the past 10 years, ACTRA PRS has mailed out 295,000 cheques putting $50 million directly in performers’ pockets.
The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Through compassionate and confidential support, we help Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. The AFC is an expression of the community’s good will, helping entertainment professionals when they are at their most vulnerable due to injury, illness or other personal hardship. The AFC distributes over $500,000 each year in emergency financial aid to help entertainment professionals working in all aspects of film & TV, music, theatre and dance. In a sector in which employment can be unpredictable, it’s good to know that a caring community has your back.
A career in the entertainment industry seems like a dream come true for many people. The all too frequent reality is that entertainment professionals face a precarious livelihood after years spent perfecting and practicing their crafts. The Fund believes that the risks that Canadian artists take as they create some of the finest live and recorded productions in the world should be recognized, valued and supported by all Canadians.
FilmOntario is an industry-funded, non-partisan screen-based (film/interactive/television) consortium 30,000 strong, of companies, producers, unions, guilds, financial services and organizations within Ontario. Their emphasis is on marketing Ontario as a screen-based content creator and production jurisdiction, and working with all levels of government so that policies and programs ensure our international competitiveness.
City of Toronto Film and Television Office
All permits to film on City of Toronto streets, property and parks are issued by the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Office (TFTDMO). In addition, the Office offers links to resources for talent, skilled technicians, film commissions, government and industry connections, tax credits, studios, locations and suppliers.
Ontario Media Development Corporation
Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.
Artists’ Health Alliance
The Artists’ Health Alliance is a one of a kind organization. We are about partnership between the artistic and medical community for healing, strengthening and empowering the creative community. We are accomplishing this through the work of the excellent clinicians at the Artists’ Health Centre, through the work of volunteer committees and the educational and outreach initiatives of the Alliance.
“In a business where insecurity follows like a shadow throughout your career, old age promises nothing more than poverty line living at best. PAL Toronto was an idea whose time had come.”
– Roy Wordsworth, PAL Founding President
PAL’s mandate is to provide assistance to older, disabled or needy members and associates of Canada’s Performing Arts Community, in the areas of health, well-being and affordable accommodation. In 1993, the PAL ideal became a reality with the opening of the first lodge in Toronto at 110 The Esplanade. Today PAL Place is filled to capacity with a vibrant population of artists of all ages, and from every discipline of the performing arts.
Canadian Actors Equity Association
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.
L’Union des artistes
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 International Federation of Actors
The International Federation of Actors (FIA) is an international non-governmental organization representing performers’ trade unions, guilds and associations around the world. It voices the professional concerns and interests of actors (in film, television, radio, theatre and live performance), broadcast professionals, dancers, singers, variety and circus artists and others.
Members of the United Steelworkers work in every sector of Canada’s economy in every kind of job. Steelworkers are women and men of every ethnic background working in every region of Canada. The USW has a strategic alliance with ACTRA. Together, we are taking on the globalization of cultural industries and addressing common issues such as foreign ownership.
Ontario Federation of Labour
The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is Ontario’s “house of labour” and serves as an umbrella group for working people and their unions. The OFL pushes for legislative change in every area that affects people’s daily lives, including health, education, workplace safety, minimum wage and other employment standards, human rights, women’s rights, workers’ compensation, and pensions.
Canadian Labour Congress
The Canadian Labour Congress represents the interests of more than three million affiliated workers in every imaginable occupation from coast to coast to coast. The CLC is the umbrella organization for dozens of affiliated Canadian and international unions, as well as provincial federations of labour and regional labour councils.
First Weekend Club
Did you know that English Canadian films only accounts for 3.4% of the total national box office (83% goes to US films and 8% to other foreign films)? Canadian cinema faces a huge challenge due to competition from across the border, where marketing budgets of Hollywood films generally rival the entire production budgets of their Canadian counterparts! While film is art, it’s also a business and the bottom line counts. Theatre owners will extend a film’s release only if the first weekend box office is strong. Enter First Weekend Club, a national, non-profit organization that was created to help more people discover great Canadian films. Join us and find out how you can make a difference.
Screen Industries Research and Training Centre
SIRT is located in the heart of Toronto’s film and television studio district at Pinewood Toronto Studios, Canada’s largest complex of soundstages. SIRT’s production studio and lab facility is an industry and academic “technology clubhouse” dedicated to exploring digital image capture and creation processes for film, television, gaming and other screen-based industries.
Second City Toronto Training Centre
Drawing upon the groundbreaking work of The Second City and the many legendary performers who have played on its stages, The Second City Training Centre has become the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world. They offer improvisation, stand up, and writing classes.
Toronto & York Region Labour Council
The Toronto and York Region Labour Council is a central labour body that combines the strength of hundreds of local unions representing 195,000 working men and women and their families. Its mandate is to organize and advocate on issues that are vital to working people throughout the region.