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Information about the COVID-19 pandemic changes hourly. Members are encouraged to visit and bookmark our Coronavirus Updates page. We will update this list of Frequently Asked Questions on a regular basis.
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Some eligibility details:
If you have earned at least $5,000 in 2019 and have lost a job or had a booking cancelled because of COVID-19, you are eligible. CERB benefits will cover the period from March 15th to October 3rd.
On April 15 th, the government expanded the eligibility criteria to “allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.” For clarity, one can earn up to $1000 while still earning full CERB. (i.e. $3000 total)
There’s no limit on the amount of royalty payments for past works (i.e. those produced by artists before the crisis) that an artist may get while receiving the CERB. Someone receiving the CERB may get paid up to $1,000 a month from other sources of income, without penalty or losing their eligibility (and again, royalty payments aren’t included in that category and may be earned on top of the $1,000).
This change will be retroactive to March 15, 2020. Details will be posted on the CERB application portal.
Even if you only have one cancelled booking, consider applying for the CERB.
IMPORTANT! To continue receiving the CERB, you have to re-apply monthly.
If you have urgent expenses that cannot be deferred and you cannot pay, consider applying to the AFC (see next question)
6. Will there be any support for those who haven’t had any future contract work cancelled because there was nothing booked when all of this started, but now do not have the possibility of getting work?
7. Will you be offering members who are full-member university students a break on dues this year? As an ACTRA member of over ten years, I risk losing my membership because I have to prioritize my tuition payments.
The union needs to fund its continuing work chasing residuals, processing and mailing out cheques, fighting for performers to be included in relief programs and negotiating terms for new ways to work during this crisis.
A MESSAGE FROM EP CANADA
During this challenging time, EP Canada will be operating in a manner which respects the health & safety of its team while meeting its obligations to its clients.
EP will process payroll based on our clients’ instructions.
ACTRA members should check with the production they are working on for specifics as to when those amounts will be paid.
A MESSAGE FROM CAST & CREW
Our office is continuing to remain open.
There will however be a slight delay with payments this week as we work with a reduced staff.
PRODUCERS DOING THEIR OWN PAYROLL
All payments to Performers are still due per the IPA.
5. What measures is ACTRA Toronto taking to ensure that members will not face pressure to work, or loss of work when productions begin operating again, if the individual member still has any doubt about health risks due to COVID-19?
Check your inbox and the Coronavirus Updates page regularly.
Read all member communications thoroughly before calling or emailing for clarification.
Free up staff time for member service by reducing telephone traffic to the ACTRA Toronto office as much as possible. Make use of the website instead. For example, most of the forms you need are available here:
Visit the How to Start Volunteering page at Volunteer Toronto for ideas.