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Labour Relations Support

Regular, Commercial and Associate members adhere to labour agreements PACT negotiates with artist associations representing the broad spectrum of theatre artists across Canada. Recognizing the common interests of theatres and artists, these agreements set a starting point for fruitful working relationships in Canadian Theatre.

PACT negotiates agreements with the Associated Designers of Canada (ADC), L’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec (APASQ), Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA), Playwrights’ Guild of Canada (PGC)

PACT’s Labour Relations Manager, Eleanor Antoncic, is available to members who adhere to the negotiated agreements.

Inclusive Casting Practices

PACT and CAEA are committed to the expansion of engagement opportunities for Artists who self-identify as diverse so that all artists may be included in the practice of theatre, and our stages reflect the full diversity of Canadian society.

“Canadian Actors’ Equity Association represents professional artists including performers (actors, singers, dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers, engaged in theatre, opera and dance in English Canada.”

For more information, please visit caea.com.

Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA)

The CTA sets the terms and conditions under which our member theatres engage CAEA-member actors, directors, choreographers, fight directors, and stage managers. PACT member theatres (with the exception of our Affiliate members) are required to operate under the CTA.

The CTA is negotiated on a three-year term – The current agreement is effective June 29, 2015 to June 23, 2019.

Looking for the CTA?

Download the following documents from Contracts and Resources:

  • Canadian Theatre Agreement (2015-2018)
  • Fee Booklet – Canadian Theatre Agreement (2018-2019)
  • Contracts & Forms (Members only)
  • Company Category Calculation Workbooks (Members only)

“Incorporated in 1965, Associated Designers of Canada is a national, professional non-profit arts service organization dedicated to promoting, pursuing and protecting the interests of set, costume, lighting, projection and sound designers working in the live performing arts in Canada.

For more information, please visit www.designers.ca.

ADC-PACT Agreement

This agreement sets the terms and conditions under which our member theatres engage professional designers in the disciplines of set, costumes, lighting, projection, and sound. PACT member theatres (with the exception of our Affiliate members) are required to operate under this agreement only when engaging members of ADC.

The ADC-PACT Agreement is negotiated on a three-year term – The current agreement is effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022.

Looking for documents?

Download the following documents from Contracts and Resources:

  • ADC-PACT Agreement – Standard Clauses (2017-2022)
  • ADC-PACT Agreement – Minimum Fees (2017-2022)
  • ADC-PACT Contract Form (Members only)

“Playwrights Guild of Canada is a registered national arts service association mandated to advance the creative rights and interests of professional Canadian playwrights, promote Canadian plays nationally and internationally, and foster an active, evolving community of writers for the stage.

For more information, please visit www.playwrightsguild.ca.

PACT-PGC Agreement

This agreement sets the terms and conditions under which our member theatres engage playwrights. The agreement provides standards and guidelines for commissioning new plays as well as mounting premiere productions and previously produced works. PACT member theatres (with the exception of our Affiliate and Associate members) are required to operate under this agreement only when engaging members of PGC.

The PACT-PGC Agreement is negotiated on a three-year term – The current agreement has been extended by one year by mutual agreement, and is effective June 30, 2017 to June 29, 2022.

Looking for documents?

Download the following documents from Contracts and Resources:

  • PACT-PGC Agreement – Standard Clauses (2017-2022)
  • PACT-PGC Agreement – Contract Forms
    • Commission Contract (Members only)
    • Stock Contract (Members only)
    • Premiere Contract (Members only)
    • TYA Commission Contract (Members only)
    • TYA Stock Contract (Members only)
    • TYA Premiere Contract (Members only)
  • Other PACT-PGC Agreement Forms
    • Development Acknowledgement (Members only)
    • Workshops & Readings Agreement (Members only)

L’APASQ represents designers working in Québec in theatre, music, dance, variety, opera, circus, and multidisciplinary forms. It has a dual mandate:

  1. The study, defense, and development of the economic, social, moral, and professional interests of the artists it represents, whether they are members of the association or not.
  2. The promotion and dissemination of Québécois scenographic creation at national and international exhibitions, symposiums, round tables, and conferences.

For more information, please visit www.apasq.org.

PACT-APASQ Agreement

This agreement sets the terms and conditions under which our member theatres engage professional designers in Québec, in the disciplines of sets, costumes, lighting, sound, props, hair and wigs, make-up, and puppets. PACT member theatres that produce theatre created in Québec operate under this agreement.

The ADC-PACT Agreement is negotiated on a five-year term – The current agreement is effective 2017 – 2022.

Looking for documents?

Download the following documents from Contracts and Resources:

  • PACT – APASQ Agreement (2012-2017)
  • Appendix A – Contract (Members only)
  • Appendix B – Remittances (Members only)
  • Appendix B – Remuneration (Members only)

International Mobility Program (IMP)

As of February 17, 2016, the performing arts sector began using the International Mobility Program to bring international artists to Canada to work. The IMP is distinct from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and enables employers to hire international artists without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Facilitated by the IRCC along with the Canadian Border Services Agency, the IMP has two support offices: a Toronto office serving Ontario and west, and a Montreal office serving Quebec and east. The new process is based on the understanding that Canada gains from the contributions of international artists who come to Canada to work in key creative roles, both by their contributions in Canada and by the reciprocal opportunities created internationally.

LMIA Exemption Category for the Performing Arts

The LMIA exemption category for the performing arts (C23) is the direct result of a collective effort undertaken by PACT and numerous other Canadian performing arts organizations across the country to consult with the federal government regarding the overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program in 2014. The resulting LMIA exemption category strongly supports the efforts of performing arts organizations in receipt of operating funding from the Canada Council (or via parliamentary appropriation) to engage foreign nationals.

Submitting a Work Permit Application

There is a dedicated online portal for this program where member theatres can enroll as employers and apply for LMIA exemptions.

In order to support a work permit application, PACT members must:

  1. File an “Offer of Employment for LMIA Exempt Work Permits” with the IRCC using the portal.
  2. Provide a third-party support letter outlining the reciprocity for Canadians abroad.
    • PACT will provide a reciprocity letter to support your application upon request – Please contact Eleanor Antoncic, Labour Relations Manager.
  1. Include confirmation of the Theatre’s funding support from the Canadian Government. Your last grant notification letter from the Canada Council (with the funding level redacted) should suffice.

PACT sits on the Health and Safety Advisory Committee for the Live Performing Arts – a committee working in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of Labour. One of the goals of the committee is to develop industry-specific guidelines for the live performance industry not only in Ontario but for the entire country. An online version of the complete guide is available.

The committee continues to review and update existing guidelines as required.

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