ACTRA Toronto advocates for programs, regulations and better policies that:

  • Celebrate our identity.
  • Encourage audiovisual production in all genres.
  • Build a stronger film, television and new media industry.
  • Expand work opportunities for Canadian performers.

Underlying our efforts is a strong belief that the policies and programs we advocate are in the broader public interest. A strong domestic production, distribution and exhibition system is absolutely vital to Canadian culture and our sovereignty as a nation.

The film, television and new media industry plays a significant role in nurturing, developing and celebrating Canada and Ontario’s culture. A strong industry allows Canadians to tell their own stories, see themselves reflected on our screens and develop their own sense of identity.

Our work is essential, not only to performers, but to our economy and our society. Arts and culture are big business in Ontario. In 2014, the film and television industry contributed $1.29 billion to the provincial economy and accounted for almost 30,000 full-time jobs.

Current Initiatives

Watch Us!

MADE | NOUS celebrates the works of Canadian creators in film, television, video games and digital entertainment, both here and around the world.

Canada is home to award-winning television, movies, and special effects that have captured global audiences and swept box offices worldwide.

MADE | NOUS shines a spotlight on the achievements of Canadians who bring exceptional stories to life, and encourages audiences to discover and celebrate their work.

MADE | NOUS is the result of a collaborative effort between key entertainment industry players such as the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada, as well as an additional thirty—and growing—industry partners.

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Status of the Artist

In spite of our work being in demand, performers, as a group, are underpaid, unfairly taxed and often lack the basic protections that other workers take for granted. Artists in Ontario are still struggling for the basic protections outlined in UNESCO’s 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist.

“Status of the Artist” is a term describing a category of government legislation and programs which improve the economic and social status of professional artists. ACTRA has a long history working for Status of the Artist laws in Canada. 

Our Partners

ACTRA Toronto is committed to working for dignity and respect for all workers. ACTRA is a member of the International Federation of Actors (FIA); is affiliated to the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC); and has a strategic alliance with the United Steelworkers (USW).

To find out Who’s Who of unions, associations and guilds in Ontario’s film, television and digital interactive/games sector, check out our Creative Partners and learn more about their work in Toronto.