Actra Independent Production Agreement

The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Quebec Media Production Association (AQPM) have signed a new three-year independent production agreement (IPA). Actor fatigue on film and television sets in Canada is also discussed in a subsidiary letter in the new IAP. Under the new agreement, at the end of the working day, performers can now prove with a producer that they are too tired to go home, and it is up to the manufacturer to provide the actor with alternative means to return home. Examples include moving to a hotel room, transporting to a nearby transit stop or travelling home. The agreement in principle is now subject to ratification by ACRA and members of the CMPA and AQPM board of directors. “After two other important agreements with directors and crew in recent months, this agreement demonstrates the commitment we share with stakeholders to maintain stability and predictability in the face of turbulent changes in the Canadian screen industry,” said Warren Ross, Vice President of National Industrial Relations and CMPA Senior Council. , in a press release. “We thank our negotiating partners at AQPM and ACTRA for their tireless work in achieving this common goal, which benefits not only our entire industry, but especially the Canadian public.” “With one of the best performance agreements in the world, our goal is always to reach a fair agreement with improved working conditions for our hard-working members,” said Stephen Waddell, Chief Executive Officer of Negotiator and National Executive Director of ACTRA. “At a time when many workers are facing labour backs, our members will see higher wages and better protection in the workplace.” Among the measures introduced are new provisions which stipulate that hearings can no longer take place in private between a member of the production and an interpreter or in a hotel room.

New nudity provisions will also be introduced to ensure that it is based on approval and that the actor has an appropriate warning and the opportunity to participate in the discussions, Sparrow said. The PPI sets the conditions and rates for on- and off-camera performers operating in Canadian productions, with the exception of British Columbia, which operates under a separate collective agreement. The current 2016-18 contract expires on December 31. “Fatigue is a huge problem on our devices. Not only with respect to catastrophic failures, such as someone falling asleep at the wheel or someone falling off scaffolding, but also that their ability to do their best work is compromised when they are too tired,” Sparrow said. ACTRA National President David Sparrow (pictured) said many of the changes introduced in the new PPI were the result of the work done by ACTRA and others during work on the Canadian Code of Conduct for Creative Industries. “The work we`ve done in the sector has even started to go beyond what our [current] contract was talking about, so when we met with CMPA and AQPM, we found that they were very open to discussions about changes in the contract that would bring some of these [code of conduct] agreements,” he said. In addition, the new IAP provides for a 9% increase in the rate over the three-year term of the new deal, as well as an increase in employment opportunities for performers by completing the “Background Performer Count”. “This is an absolutely positive step forward in our collective work to try to reduce harassment on our sets, shift the culture on our sets to a culture with more respect and less harassment,” he added.

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