Unions and Guilds

ACTRA National


ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the union of more than 23,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media.

ACTRA Toronto


ACTRA Toronto is the largest branch of ACTRA (the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the union representing performers in the film, radio, television and new media industries. It is the largest organization of cultural workers in Canada. ACTRA Toronto’s jurisdiction includes all of Ontario outside the National Capital Region, and represents over 15,000 of ACTRA’s 22,000 members. ACTRA has a history which goes back 70 years, growing, as it did, out of the Radio Artists of Toronto Society formed in 1941. Since then, ACTRA has played an important and vital role in the welfare of performers and in the development of our industry.

Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD)


Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD) exists from a collective desire to bring together costume professionals from all corners of the industry, regardless of union affiliation, experience, background, ethnicity, and identity. Through shared interest, respect and passion for the costume arts, CAFTCAD provides its members with an online and physical forum, promoting open discussion, shared learning, resources and professional networking.



The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada modified its name in 1995 because down through the years its name had become largely symbolic rather than descriptive of the full scope of its far-flung activities. Gradually, the stage employees and movie operators have been joined by a great variety of other craftspersons in the numerous branches of the entertainment industry, including television, all banding together to achieve the maximum of unified strength. The organization is best known as the I.A.T.S.E. Often the members speak of it as just the I.A. It can best be described, however, as the union of people behind the scenes in the manifold media of show business.



NABET 700-M UNIFOR is a union of film, television and new media technicians that has serviced the greater Toronto area for over 45 years.

Writers Guild of Canada (WGC)


The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) is a professional association of more than 2,300 English-language screenwriters. WGC members are the creative force behind Canada’s successful TV shows, movies, and webseries, and their work brings the diversity of Canadian life and culture to the world’s screens.