ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of over 27,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada, including TV, film, radio and digital media.
We are actors, recording artists, comedians, announcers, stunt co-ordinators and performers, dancers, narrators, voice performers, hosts, choreographers, models, singers, background performers, puppeteers and more.
ACTRA’s principal role is to negotiate, administer and enforce collective agreements to provide performers with equitable compensation as well as safe and reasonable working conditions.
ACTRA is proud to be a leading voice for Canadian culture and the development of Canada’s audiovisual industries. We lobby for regulation and government policies that protect our culture and encourage audiovisual production in all genres, thereby expanding work opportunities for Canadian performers.
ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society (PRS) operates as a performer collective management organization (CMO) with a mandate to represent the rights and interests of artists who perform in audiovisual productions and on sound recordings.
In the early 1940s, radio performers were forced to work long hours for as little as $15 a day. This prompted a small group of performers to form the Radio Artists Societies in Montreal (RAMS) and Toronto (RATS). They fought long and hard to win better fees and improved working conditions for their members.
By 1943, radio artist groups in Winnipeg and Vancouver were also organized. They joined with RATS and RAMS to form the first national performers’ organization, the Association of Canadian Radio Artists. This organization evolved to become the Association of Canadian Radio and Television Artists; then the Canadian Council of Authors and Artists; then the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists…and finally, in 1984, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).
ACTRA and its predecessor organizations have fought to protect the rights of Canadian performers and to make ACTRA the strong national union it is today. Over the years, ACTRA has made important gains including regulated work hours, minimum pay rates, safer sets, meal periods, residual and use payments, comprehensive health and insurance plans, and protection for children and other performers on set.
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