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Permits, fees and dues

Apprentice members pay a $75 initiation fee plus fees for each of the work permits required. The cost of a work permit depends on the role and the agreement – see our Work Permit Costs brochure. Apprentice members do not pay working dues until they become Full ACTRA members. Permit fees are tax deductible, so keep your receipts.

Work permit costs under the IPA are the same for Apprentice members and non-members. If you join the Apprentice program with your first permit under the Commercial Agreement, you can buy work permits at the lower member rate.

The initiation fee for Apprentice members to become full members is $1600 MINUS all permit fees paid to date for qualifying credits and MINUS the $200 Membership Training Intensive Course fee, if it has been paid prior to application plus one year’s basic dues of $195. Full ACTRA members pay 2.25% of their gross earnings, to a maximum of $4,000. Full ACTRA members no longer buy permits. Basic dues are paid each year in April.

Apprentice member rights

Apprentice members can participate in ratification votes on ACTRA agreements they work under, and serve on ACTRA Toronto’s various committees. Apprentice members do not have voting rights in elections and can’t hold elected positions at ACTRA except the ACTRA Apprentice Caucus. ACTRA Apprentices can attend ACTRA Toronto’s free member conferences and take advantage of discounts available to ACTRA members.

ACTRA Apprentice members are protected by ACTRA’s collective agreements and benefit from the union’s negotiating power with producers that results in better wages and working conditions, improved job opportunities and better protection.

ACTRA Apprentice members are not entitled to health and insurance benefits through the ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society. Once an Apprentice member becomes a Full ACTRA member, the performer RSP contributions paid to AFBS over the previous two years will be credited to the member’s record.

Joining the Apprentice program through significant background experience

If you work primarily as a background performer, you can join ACTRA as an ACTRA Additional Background Performer (see ACTRA Additional Background Performers brochure). If you are an ACTRA Additional Background Performer with well-documented proof (i.e. vouchers or cheque stubs) of 200 on-set engagement days or 1,600 hours over the preceding four-year period on ACTRA sets, you may apply to the Apprentice Program.

Reality Check

Some people think acting is a glamorous business where someone with little experience can make a lot of money with little effort. It's not that easy. Working as an actor is a challenging profession that requires discipline, continuous training and lots of hard work. Performers work hard each and every day. They compete against their fellow performers for roles and know there is no such thing as a guaranteed part. Most have years of experience and have trained at top theatre schools. Their work experience includes everything from plays and television series to commercials and feature films. Considering a career in the performing arts should not be a whim or passing fancy. Bringing a character to life on the screen can give you great joy and personal satisfaction – but it also entails personal sacrifices. You will succeed only if you are serious about being a performer and are dedicated to your profession.

ACTRA members must keep an up-to-date photo on file with ACTRA Toronto, and keep us up-to-date on changes to your address, agent and other relevant personal information.

ACTRA Toronto 625 Church St. Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1 (416) 928-2278 or toll free 1-877-913-2278 www.actratoronto.com info@actratoronto.com

ACTRA Toronto has more than 15,000 members and is the largest organization within ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists). As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA continues to secure the rights and respect for the work of professional performers.

© 2010 ACTRA Toronto

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