Canucks mind the gap

ACTRA talks up wage divide with U.S.

TORONTO — The wage and residual gap between Canadian actors and U.S. thesps working on Canadian sets was a hot-button issue for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists as contract negotiations began Monday.

ACTRA brought out local stars to kick off talks with the Canadian Film & Television Production Assn. and the Assn. des Producteurs de Films et de Television de Quebec for a new independent producers agreement. Current pact expires Dec. 31.

The thesps’ 50-member opening-day team included Robb Wells, Mike Smith and John Paul Tremblay from “Trailer Park Boys,” Eric Peterson (“Corner Gas”), Alberta Watson (“24”) and Wendy Crewson (“Eight Below”).

United Steelworkers Canadian national director Ken Neumann was also present. The Steelworkers and ACTRA have a strategic partnership.

“We turned out in force today to demonstrate the resolve across our membership and to say a few things that need saying to Canadian producers,” said ACTRA national prexy Richard Hardacre.

The union did not give details of the differences in pay rates but described the gap as a “giant chasm.”

Also on the slate: a review of the state of television from government regulator the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

ACTRA, which reps 21,000 actors, has long argued that scrapping minimum investment in Canadian drama has kneecapped the industry.

More Scene

  • 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' film

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart's 'Jumanji' Maintains 'Soul' of Robin Williams Original

    TORONTO — The wage and residual gap between Canadian actors and U.S. thesps working on Canadian sets was a hot-button issue for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists as contract negotiations began Monday. ACTRA brought out local stars to kick off talks with the Canadian Film & Television Production Assn. and the […]

  • John Cena Ferdinand

    'Ferdinand' Director on Why John Cena Was Perfect for Title Role

    TORONTO — The wage and residual gap between Canadian actors and U.S. thesps working on Canadian sets was a hot-button issue for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists as contract negotiations began Monday. ACTRA brought out local stars to kick off talks with the Canadian Film & Television Production Assn. and the […]

  • Asian-American Unforgettable Awards 2017

    'Westworld's' Leonardo Nam Says Seeing Asian Actors in ‘Star Wars’ ‘Feels Normal’

    TORONTO — The wage and residual gap between Canadian actors and U.S. thesps working on Canadian sets was a hot-button issue for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists as contract negotiations began Monday. ACTRA brought out local stars to kick off talks with the Canadian Film & Television Production Assn. and the […]

  • Mark Hamill'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere

    TORONTO — The wage and residual gap between Canadian actors and U.S. thesps working on Canadian sets was a hot-button issue for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists as contract negotiations began Monday. ACTRA brought out local stars to kick off talks with the Canadian Film & Television Production Assn. and the […]

  • Ajit Pai Free Speech

    FCC Chair Plays for Laughs at D.C. Event Amid Fierce Net Neutrality Debate

    TORONTO — The wage and residual gap between Canadian actors and U.S. thesps working on Canadian sets was a hot-button issue for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists as contract negotiations began Monday. ACTRA brought out local stars to kick off talks with the Canadian Film & Television Production Assn. and the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content