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How to join as a Background Member

Non-members who have worked as background performers on UBCP/ACTRA productions can apply to join as Background Members of  UBCP/ACTRA

In order to qualify you must have worked at least 15 days in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of your application. You must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant to be eligible. Background Members may not work on non-union productions.

How do I join?
To join, please submit a completed excel/word document or list which outlines your required 15 vouchers along with the 15 original chronological background performer vouchers or non-union extra vouchers to UBCP/ACTRA Member Services (make-up and wardrobe days do not count).  A Member Services representative will confirm and copy your vouchers for your member file, and will then contact you to arrange an appointment to sign-up.

You will be required to bring the following information:

  • Proof of your Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status
    (i.e. Canadian passport, birth certificate or permanent residency card)
  • Your current head shot.
  • In  order to qualify you must have worked at least 15 days in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of your application.
  • Background Members may not work on non-union productions.

Your original documents will be returned to you.  If you do not provide all the necessary documentation you will not be able to join.

Background Members are required to work at least 15 days every year from April 1 to March 31 and must pay Annual Dues of $30.00.

What are the benefits of membership?
Background  Members have preference of engagement over non-members for Union Background Performer Vouchers on UBCP/ACTRA productions. Applicable permits will be deducted from Background Members working on Union Voucher or Union Contract.

As a Background Member, you have a voice at Membership Meetings and may be eligible to vote at Membership Meetings and on agreement ratifications.

Background Members are welcome to attend membership meetings, certain information meetings, and member education workshops and lectures. Background  Members may qualify to vote on the ratification of collective agreements and on strike votes, based on eligibility requirements.


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