ACTRA is a union of professional performers standing together to negotiate better pay, work conditions and respect.
ACTRA Toronto represents 15,000 professional performers working in Canada’s largest film, television and new media production centre. When ACTRA members work, they are protected by agreements that establish minimum rates of pay and working conditions, and ensure members are paid for both their work and the future use of their image. These agreements are administered and enforced by dedicated ACTRA staff.
We are Professional Performers
ACTRA Toronto Members:
- Perform in hundreds of different film and television productions shot in Toronto’s billion‐dollar‐a‐year film and television industry.
- Work in Canada’s biggest commercial production scene, where radio, television and internet commercials are made for markets in Canada and around the world.
- Perform on‐air for public and private‐sector broadcasters such as CBC Radio and TV, TVOntario, CityTV, Global, CTV and other Ontario‐based networks and specialty channels.
- Appear in thousands of productions every year – including videogames, industrial and internet videos, Toronto Indie Productions (TiP), Digital New Media and other recorded media.
We Negotiate and Administer Agreements
The Independent Production Agreement (IPA) covers performers in film and television projects by independent producers. The National Commercial Agreement (NCA) covers work in television, radio and internet commercials. We also have TiP Guidelines to help emerging filmmakers hire professional performers, as well as several broadcast agreements and an Audio Code for those accessing talent to produce e-books, audio guides, and recorded messages.
We Develop Our Profession
New members attend ACTRA Toronto’s orientation workshops and the Full Member session, a one‐and‐a‐half day course that covers the business of being an actor; audition protocols; the basics of ACTRA’s collective agreements; and how ACTRA works.
Members have ongoing access to free workshops, master classes and networking opportunities with fellow actors at ACTRA Toronto’s biannual Members’ Conferences.
The Gordon Pinsent Studio, another free service for members, is an on‐site recording studio where members can record auditions or rehearse on camera.
We Speak as a Community
Through media campaigns, lobbying and participation in local and international coalitions, ACTRA Toronto advocates for better cultural policies, a stronger film and television industry and more work opportunities for our members.