Stop the spread of COVID-19

Please continue to take care and be vigilant in following health and safety protocols at work and best practices at home: 

What are the best steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect your health?

Covid-19 Protocols illustration
  • Maintain physical distance (Keep 6 ft/2m apart)
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands

Follow the protocols and practices for wardrobe, props, barriers for any scenes that require being in close contact with others.

ACTRA Toronto continues to support and adhere to all public health advisories and legislation regarding Covid-19 and vaccination, and encourages all members to get vaccinated if they are medically able and to continue to adhere to the safety protocols that have been so successful to-date in the industry. For more information, see our Vaccination Policy and FAQ page

IMPORTANT: ACTRA does not create on set safety policies. The obligation to create health and safety policies, including Covid-19 policies, rests with the individual producer and engager. ACTRA is actively engaged in ensuring the health and safety of our members on set and will challenge any policy deemed to be unreasonable or discriminatory under the Human Rights Code.

Use our handy online checklist (below) to create your own COVID kit and check out ACTRA Toronto’s COVID-19 Best Practices page.

Be “Ready to Roll” with a personal COVID-19 kit

Review the Ministry of Labour Section 21 Guidelines and ACTRA Toronto’s COVID-19 Best Practices page. Then, consider putting together your own COVID-19 set kit. Here’s how:

CREATE A COVID-19 SET KIT


Include the following:

  • a mask
  • a reusable water bottle
  • hand sanitizer
  • a few sterile wipes
  • reusable cutlery
  • a pen
  • snacks – e.g. granola and energy bars

Mental Health Support

In these times, reaching out for support and looking after your mental health is so important.You can find links to on-line and emergency mental health supports on ACTRA Toronto’s updated Mental Health Support page. Please spend the time to see what is available and share with others.


What can you expect on set?

Watch ACTRAToronto@work to hear first hand stories of ACTRA performers back at work. From the audition process to sets and studios locally and afar, performers share their experiences and advice.


Waiting for a Commercial payment?

Please don’t forget to take a picture of your completed contract when working on a commercial and email it to us at nca@actratoronto.com. This helps us to make sure you are paid properly and in a timely manner.

Commercial staff, working remotely and some on reduced hours, continue to process call-back cheques and commercial payments. Commercial coordinators who check the “cheques” for errors have collected over $900,000 for performers in the last 9 months of this pandemic.

Thank you, ACTRA Toronto Commercial staff!

Commercial Cheques

Commercial cheques are not available for pick up but are being mailed to either home or agent, according to the instructions we have on file for you.


ACTRA Toronto Business Representatives and OSLOs:

Workplace COVID-19 protocols apply to ACTRA Business Representatives and the ACTRA Toronto Onset Liaison Officers (OSLOs). We are visiting as many sets as possible but are minimizing risks by reaching out to sets remotely too. If you need to reach ACTRA Toronto urgently or have a question for a rep, you can:

  • call the main switchboard at ACTRA Toronto 416-928-2278
  • send an e-mail to afterhours@actratoronto.com or
  • access the HAVEN Helpline (1-855-201-7823) in case of harassment or for mental health support.

ACTRA Toronto Service Update

The ACTRA Toronto office is closed to the public. Film and Television production is permitted to continue, however, in accordance with the Film and television industry health and safety during COVID-19 protocol developed by the Section 21 Film and Television Health and Safety Advisory Committee of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

ACTRA Toronto staff continue to work, mostly remotely, supporting members and productions by continuing to process and to mail commercial cheques and payments and by providing other essential services. Staff will return messages as soon as possible. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

For regular updates and to reach ACTRA Toronto during this period, bookmark this page for links to COVID-19 Resources, recordings of our previous Virtual Town Hall meetings and our COVID-19 Best Practices FAQ or call us at 416-928-2278.

Our phone lines (Main: 416.928.2278, Toll-free: 1-877-913-2278) remain open. Listen to the voice prompts and press zero to leave a brief message. We will return calls according to priority and as soon as possible. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.

In the meantime, you will get the fastest response to questions and concerns not dealt with on the website by emailing us at info@actratoronto.com.

For mental health support, please call the Haven Helpline at 1-855-201-7823.


Advocacy

We remain deeply concerned about the impact of COVID-19 across the economy and are working with all levels of government to provide assistance and financial support. In Ontario, we work with our industry and government partners through FilmOntario.


COVID-19 RESOURCES

We encourage all members to follow the advice of health professionals. We appreciate that the current situation is cause for concern and anxiety and are grateful for steps performers are taking to look after each other — providing support to those who are particularly vulnerable in these times.

Links to helpful resources are organized by category below. Click on the category tile to display/hide the list of links in the category.

COVID-19 INFO
FINANCIAL RELIEF
MENTAL HEALTH
INSURANCE & RETIREMENT
ACTRA TORONTO RESOURCES

COVID-19 BEST PRACTICES FAQ

ACTRA Toronto Virtual Town Hall Recordings

Since the early days of the pandemic in March, ACTRA Toronto has scheduled frequent online Town Hall meetings to update members about breaking news that affects our industry and work opportunities and to provide an opportunity for members to hear their questions answered by their elected union leaders, professional staff and expert panellists. (For links to recordings of the Town Halls, visit the Online Town Halls page.)

BEST PRACTICES

ACTRA Toronto's COVID 19 Best Practices page

ACTRA Toronto Stories

  • ACTRA SpotlightStories about ACTRA Toronto member volunteerism, union activism and professional development during COVID-19!
OTHER RESOURCES