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ACTRA Toronto is committed to safe, harassment-free workplaces

Find out about our policies on our Discrimination & Harassment Policy page.
Scroll down or use the  Quick Links below to learn more about ACTRA Toronto’s evolving workplan to prevent Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying and Violence.


 REPORT SEXUAL HARASSMENT – If you see something, say something!
 Message from the ACTRA Toronto Council on Preventing and Dealing with Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying and Violence (November 7, 2017)
 Sexual Harassment Prevention Update (November 15, 2017)
 Sexual Harassment Prevention Update (December 1, 2017)
 Sexual Harassment Prevention Update (March 9, 2018)


REPORT SEXUAL HARRASSMENT – If you see something, say something!

To report harassment, call ACTRA Toronto, during business hours (9:00 am to 4:45 pm, Monday to Friday)

Telephone: 416-928-2278
Toll-free: 1-877-913-2278


Telephone: 1-855-201-7823 Email:

 Online Harassment Report Form

 What can you expect when you call us to report sexual harassment?


Message from the ACTRA Toronto Council (November 7, 2017)


Preventing and Dealing with Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying and Violence

In recent weeks, members have courageously come forward about their experiences of sexual harassment. We are heartbroken and enraged by these stories. ACTRA Toronto recognizes and acknowledges our responsibility to protect our members. We regret that our members did not always feel safe in coming forward. We regret that when some people took the very difficult step of coming forward, they may have been discouraged and disappointed by the response. We are deeply sorry. We are committed to moving forward with conviction, passion and urgency. We are committed to doing better.

ACTRA Toronto will not tolerate sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying or violence. ACTRA’s Constitution, By-laws, and Policies deal with harassment by and between members. ACTRA’s collective agreements deal with harassment on set. Councillors, staff, Advocates and Committee Chairs take anti-harassment training. New ACTRA members must attend a Respect on Set course.

ACTRA Toronto has retained the services of Victoria Shen, a Special Advisor on Human Rights and Sexual Harassment ( A review of ACTRA’s programs and policies, together with member feedback through safe space discussions, has identified gaps in areas such as incidents: in casting and auditions, between members, between members of different unions, at industry events, in rehearsals, in fittings, with acting coaches, as well as in the workplace.

ACTRA Toronto commits to the following steps as part of an evolving plan of action:

  • ACTRA Toronto will continue to hold safe space sessions for members to bring forward experiences of sexual harassment in the industry. We will look to engage the services of an outside counsellor to attend these sessions with experience in rape crisis, sexual assault and harassment.
  • ACTRA Toronto will meet with other Ontario audio-visual unions and guilds to discuss joint training, and shared access to third party investigators and mediators for complaints.
  • ACTRA Toronto, through the National industry roundtable, will propose an industry-wide Code of Conduct and enforcement mechanisms. NEW! [See the   Joint Industry Statement Addressing the Issue of Harassment – November 23, 2017

ACTRA Toronto further proposes:

  • Research on the use of criminal checks (as a condition of membership or employment)
  • Development of a national tracking database of offenders (as our members work in different provinces)
  • Protection for witnesses and complainants against reprisal
  • Extending anti-harassment training to OSLOs and committee spearheads
  • Developing a strategy to deal with repeat offenders
  • Updating Respect on Set training and making it mandatory for all members
  • Education, training and outreach to acting schools
  • A code of conduct for independent coaches

ACTRA Toronto will identify areas for improvement in collective agreements and production guidelines to prevent and deal with harassment: in the audition and casting process, in scenes involving intimacy and violence, in workplace investigations, and in the resolution of complaints.

ACTRA Toronto will work with Agents to help them educate young clients to prepare and protect themselves for: scenes requiring nudity, intimacy or violence; and, defining and asserting their boundaries. Performers must NEVER attend a meeting alone. Violations of nudity riders MUST be reported to the Union.

ACTRA Toronto will review the composition and responsibilities of the Discipline Committee and strengthen its procedures by:

  • Expediting timelines e.g. 48 hours
  • Respecting complainant confidentiality
  • Providing the Discipline Committee with access to independent investigators/mediators
  • Looking into expanding penalties to include: suspending membership while a complaint is being investigated and remedied, and amending the Constitution to disallow offenders from running for and being appointed to positions of leadership. Current discipline penalties include: fines, suspension or expulsion from the membership.
  • Researching restorative justice remedies, including restitution, rehabilitation, training and education
  • Making the work of the Discipline Committee more transparent by making it reportable to Council and to a National tracking system

ACTRA Toronto will develop and make available a list of outside resources, services and workshops for members including:

  • Independent legal advice
  • Sexual harassment prevention for young women and men
  • Online videos and resources
  • Self-defense training
  • Partnerships with outside resources e.g. Rape Crisis Centre; Barbra Schlifer Clinic etc.
  • Review of counselling and health care services available to members


Sexual Harassment Prevention Update (November 15, 2017)

ACTRA Toronto Council is committed to addressing the issue of sexual harassment in our industry. Here is an update on our work to date.

Safe Space Groups

ACTRA Toronto President Theresa Tova held four “safe space” groups. Tova and Special Advisor Victoria Shen have continued to receive calls each day from members coming forward with stories of past harassment. In many cases, these are stories members are telling for the first time. They are relieved to be heard and supported while they decide whether to proceed with an official complaint or not. We support them, whatever they decide. We have invited them to stay involved as much or as little as they wish.

Ad hoc advisory committee on sexual harassment

ACTRA Toronto Council, responding to a recommendation from participants in the “safe space groups,” established an ad hoc advisory committee on Sexual Harassment comprised of members who have lived this truth. The committee will provide guidance, advice and input to Council’s action plan.

Harvard Man Investigation

In response to news about the film Harvard Man, shot in Toronto in the year 2000 and directed by James Toback, we are in the process of doing a full investigation of the Harvard Man file which has been recalled from off-site storage. We expect to report on the results of that investigation as soon as next week (November 20 – 24). The former ACTRA Steward (“Business Representative” in current parlance) assigned to Harvard Man has said publicly that the union received a complaint of harassment from a female performer on that film. The Steward/Bus. Rep. moved quickly to protect the woman by ensuring that an ACTRA Toronto representative or the producer was on set (in studio and on location) with the performer at all times.

ACTRA Toronto Staff Training

Last week, ACTRA Toronto staff attended an updated sexual harassment training session.

Member Education Programs

Our education programs are being reviewed. Meetings are underway with course instructors and OSLOs to go over the content about sexual harassment and how members can bring forward complaints.

Partnerships with community experts

ACTRA Toronto is reaching out to community partners to provide counselling, legal advice and crisis support.

Ontario Union & Guild Roundtable

On November 15th, a group of Ontario unions and guilds met to discuss how the different unions and guilds can co-operate to end harassment on set.

Harassment Reporting and Investigation Protocol

Investigations of harassment complaints and our discipline process are both being expedited. Our protocol for reporting incidents of harassment has been revised and can be found on our Discrimination & Harassment Policy Page.


Sexual Harassment Prevention Update (December 1, 2017)

ACTRA Toronto is continuing its work on the issue of sexual harassment in our industry. Here is an update.


The After Hours Emergency Reporting service has been renamed to ensure that members wishing to report harassment always know where to call.The protocol used by the service that handles the call intake and forwarding has been updated accordingly. the new number is at the bottom of every page of the ACTRA Toronto website, in our  Contacts page and, of course, on all of the pages that deal with discrimination and harassment.


ACTRA Toronto’s Special Advisor on Harassment, Victoria Shen, has compiled a list of resources for members dealing with sexual harassment and/or abuse. The list is posted on our new  Sexual Harassment/Abuse Resources page.

WORK WITH INDUSTRY PARTNERS: Code of Conduct, Safe Reporting Protocol & Training Opportunities

Further to the November 23rd Industry Roundtable held on November 23rd, work is underway on developing:

  • an industry-wide code of conduct
  • a mechanism for safe and supported reporting of harassment incidents and
  • opportunities for improved training.


Sexual Harassment Prevention Update (March 9, 2018)

The Canadian Creative Industries released a Code of Conduct to Prevent and Respond to Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying and Violence on International Women’s Day.

The Code represents a commitment by industry leaders and stakeholders to shift the culture, to prevent and respond to harassment including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence. There are currently twenty-four (24) signatories which include ACTRA, DGC, WGC, NABET 700-M Unifor, Canada Media Union, CMPA, CBC, TIFF, Women in View, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and William F. White, with more organizations expected to sign on.

ACTRA Toronto continues to make harassment a priority.

  • ACTRA Toronto has produced a handy, wallet-sized card to empower members to recognize, report and help- prevent harassment.
  • The ACTRA Toronto Winter Members Conference held on February 21-23, 2018 included a special plenary session, The Law of Sexual Harassment. Three (3) lawyers provided information from the perspectives of human rights, labour law, civil litigation, defamation, and criminal proceedings.
  • At the ACTRA Awards in Toronto, the importance of the ongoing work to prevent harassment was a key message from President Theresa Tova.
  • The updated Respect on Set training is now mandatory for new ACTRA Toronto members.
  • ACTRA Toronto continues to work with industry stakeholders on new protocols for training, reporting and investigations.

New and Notable

DGC has released its Respectful Workplace Audit following a national Listening Tour of its members.

SAG- AFTRA has released a Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment based on their Four Pillars of Change Initiative.

The National Theatre School has released a Policy to Prevent Harassment and Promote a Safe Environment, with an infographic on handling complaints.

#AfterMeToo has released its Report and recommendations. In partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, they are raising funds for sexual violence support services across Canada.

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