Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada Permit Access Fund
ACTRA Toronto is proud to partner with Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada to launch the Permit Access Fund. This Fund is intended to help reduce barriers and create a pathway for performers from historically underrepresented communities (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+ and Persons with Disabilities/Disabled Persons) to work towards gaining access and full membership into the union. Producers and performers can apply to the fund to cover 50 per cent of a Principal Performer or Actor’s work permit fee for low-budget productions under ACTRA Toronto’s Low Budget Guideline.
How It Works
- The $25,000 bursary from Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada will cover 50 per cent of a Principal Performer or Actor’s work permit fee, for up to 200 work permits, for low-budget productions under ACTRA Toronto’s Low Budget Guideline* (LBG).
- Eligible productions engaging a qualifying performer as a Principal Performer or Actor under the LBG may apply to the Fund by connecting with their ACTRA Toronto Business Representative. ACTRA Toronto Apprentices and ACTRA Additional Background Performers (AABP) engaged in qualifying productions can apply to the PAF directly.
- Available to Performers who self-identify with one or more of the following communities: Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+ and/or Persons with Disabilities/Disabled Persons.
*The LBG is available to first-time and emerging producers working with emerging and diverse performers to create productions for theatrical or festival use.
- The production must fall under ACTRA Toronto’s jurisdiction;
- The production must complete the signatory ACTRA Toronto paperwork to qualify for the Fund;*
- Only productions under the ACTRA Toronto Low Budget Guideline will be considered;
- Performer must reside in ACTRA Toronto’s jurisdiction;
- Performer must be an ACTRA Toronto Apprentice, ACTRA Additional Background Performer (AABP),+ or non-union performer;
- Performer must be eligible to become an ACTRA Apprentice or is already an Apprentice;+
- The role being cast must fall under the Principal Performer or Actor category;+
- Performer must self-identify with one or more of the following communities: Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+ and/or Persons with Disabilities/Disabled Persons. If the performer has not already voluntarily self-identified themselves to the production, we ask that producers please respect the performer’s privacy by not asking specifics about how the performer identifies within these communities.
Permits for ACTRA Toronto Apprentices and AABP
- After being cast in a qualifying production, performers can complete the PAF Performer Form where performers can self-identify confidentially.
- After the PAF Performer Form has been reviewed, and we confirm the production has submitted its qualifying LBG signatory paperwork, ACTRA Toronto Apprentices/AABP can expect to hear from us in five (5) business days.
Permits for non-union performers
- After completing the signatory ACTRA Toronto paperwork, eligible productions may then apply to the PAF through their ACTRA Toronto Business Representative.
- Once eligibility is confirmed, ACTRA Toronto will provide producers with a link to a form to share with performers where they can self-identify confidentially.
- The PAF funds will be issued as a rebate once all ACTRA Toronto paperwork has been filed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question not answered here? Please contact PAF@actratoronto.com for assistance.