Who we are
The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.
When you’re part of UBCP/ACTRA, you’re part of the strongest, full-service cultural union in Canada. Think of it like a 22,000-strong family that’s got your back.
We have negotiated some of the strongest collective agreements for performers in the world and we stand together to make sure engagers deliver the pay and protections that we’ve been promised.
There are many good reasons to be part of our union and ‘work UBCP/ACTRA’ – here are six:
When you work UBCP/ACTRA you’re not only guaranteed a minimum fee, once you’ve shot the production and however the production is used, you’re paid for your work.
By working UBCP/ACTRA, you’re actually putting away money for your retirement. Every time you work, both the producer and you contribute to your personal RRSP. That’s a real bonus since over 60% of Canadians aren’t covered by any retirement pension plan.
Once you choose a benefit provider you are eligible for benefits immediately. You will have access to a full range of health benefits provided by the benefit provider you have chosen (either AFBS or MBT). In addition to extended medical, dental and eye care, you will be provided health benefits for retirement facilities, home care and assistance support, special needs, prolonged illness, extended disabilities, addiction treatment, and funerals. And the coverage is not just for you, but may also include your spouse/partner, and any dependent children.
When you work UBCP/ACTRA you’re considered a professional performer by the film, television and digital media industry. Compared to all other non-union performers, you’ll enjoy preference of engagement with producers. You’ll have access to training programs where you can meet other professionals and learn the inside track of the acting world from how to land the audition, to working with your agent, to managing your finances.
UBCP/ACTRA’s agreements cover all audio-visual productions and offer a number of incentive programs for lower-budget Canadian productions too!
Intervention when there’s trouble
Our collective agreements establish minimum fees, terms and working conditions on behalf of members working in the audio-visual industry. These agreements do more than make sure you get paid a fair wage; they make sure you are protected every time you step on a set. We’ve got rules covering health and safety, work hours, set conditions, nudity, and harassment. We are especially proud of our rules protecting young performers.
Got a problem on set? Call UBCP/ACTRA!
Fighting for our culture
When you work UBCP/ACTRA, you’ll be a member of one of BC and Canada’s leading cultural organizations. Our union is a vocal advocate for the arts and the right for Canadians to have opportunities to tell and see our own stories. Through ongoing media and lobbying campaigns that target all levels of government, we speak out for the development and protection of Canadian culture, a strong film, television and digital media industry, and increased work opportunities for members.