The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) have reached a new three-year Independent Production Agreement (IPA).
The IPA establishes the terms, conditions and rates for on- and off-camera performers engaged on English-language productions in Canada, excluding British Columbia, which operates under a separate collective agreement. The current 2016-18 agreement is set to expire Dec. 31.
The agreement in principle will now be presented to the ACTRA membership and the CMPA and AQPM’s respective Boards of Directors for ratification.
“After having struck deals on two other major agreements with directors and crew members in the past few months, this agreement demonstrates the commitment we share with performers to maintaining stability and predictability in the face of tumultuous change within the Canadian screen-based industry,” said Warren Ross, the CMPA’s Vice President of National Industrial Relations and Senior Counsel, in a release. “We thank our negotiating partners at the AQPM and ACTRA for their tireless work in achieving this shared goal, which not only benefits our industry as a whole but, most importantly, benefits Canadian audiences.”
“With already one of the best performer agreements in the world, our goal is always to secure a fair deal with improved working conditions for our hard-working members,” added Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director. “At a time when many working people are facing wage roll-backs, our members will see a pay increase and better protection in the workplace.”
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