BC Producers Branch
CMPA-BC represents over 100 independent production companies based in British Columbia.
The BC Producers Branch (CMPA-BC) is a provincial chapter of the CMPA, working on behalf of British Columbia production companies.
The branch has four key operational priorities: government relations, industrial relations, export and industry development. CMPA-BC has its own eight-member branch council and operating by-laws, which adhere to the regulations and direction of the CMPA national organization.
Like the national organization, CMPA-BC promotes its members interests. Here’s how:
- We negotiate labour agreements with BC guilds and unions to establish rates of pay, hours of work and other conditions of employment.
- We advocate for BC’s film, television and digital media sector with all levels of government.
- We hold conferences, seminars and workshops that help build the capacity of BC-based companies.
- We organize export development initiatives that take member producers to global markets to meet production and financing partners.
- We liaise, recommend and consult to and with the CMPA national organization on all issues that affect our members.
New and noteworthy
Bulletin regarding performers with disabilities
In response to concerns raised by UBCP/ACTRA regarding the need for producers to make reasonable accommodations for performers with disabilities while at work and during the casting/audition process, the Canadian Affiliates of the AMPTP and CMPA-BC have issued a joint bulletin, which can be found below. The purpose of the bulleting is to remind producers that the BC Master Production Agreement now contains a new article, A406, which requires producers to use casting or production facilities that are accessible when such facilities exist and are available. Producers also have an obligation to provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with and to the extent required by legislation, including the BC Human Rights Code.
Please ensure your production and casting personnel are in receipt of the bulletin, which can be found and downloaded here.
*UPDATED* B.C. Motion Picture Industry Hours of Service rules for carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles
In April 2019, the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) branch of British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure launched a two-year Hours of Service Pilot Project for the Motion Picture Industry in BC, introducing modified Hours of Service (HOS) rules applicable to drivers of commercial vehicles in the Motion Picture Industry (MPI). This pilot project, which was originally set to expire on April 1, 2021, has now been extended until September 30, 2022.
To assist members in better understanding MPI Hours of Service rules under the Pilot Project, the CMPA has created a guide to explain key concepts including off-duty and break requirements, maximum on-duty limitations, logbooks and cycle resets. The guide, which can be downloaded below, has been updated to include “bundling” information per the latest circular.
CMPA-BC updates during COVID-19
For all CMPA-BC updates during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please consult the CMPA’s COVID-19 page, which contains a section for BC producers.
BC labour agreements and fees
The CMPA-BC Industrial Relations team negotiates and administers collective agreements on behalf of our members.
These agreements govern the engagement of actors, directors, writers, technicians and other production personnel in British Columbia’s screen-based production industry. Our goal is to shape and maintain a favourable labour environment for BC’s film, television and digital media producers. This includes fielding inquiries from our members about labour-related concerns, and offering guidance and support where needed.
Contact the BC Industrial Relations team for:
- Interpretation of collective agreements
- Advice on industry practice
- Assistance in dispute resolution, to avoid costly arbitration
- Support and, where appropriate, representation
British Columbia & Yukon Council of Film Unions Master Agreement
The British Columbia & Yukon Council of Film Unions Master Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for labour technicians from IATSE 891 (technical crew including grip, props, construction, transportation, set decorating, hair, makeup and wardrobe), IATSE 669 (camera and publicity crew) and Teamsters 155 (including transportation and catering). This agreement is jointly negotiated by the CMPA and the Canadian Affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
UBCP BC Master Animation Agreement
The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP) BC Master Animation Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for performers engaged in animation production on English-language production in British Columbia. UBCP is an autonomous branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).
UBCP BC Master Production Agreement
The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP) BC Master Production Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for on-camera and off-camera performers engaged on English-language production in British Columbia and the Yukon. UBCP is an autonomous branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). The UBCP BC Master Production Agreement is jointly negotiated by the CMPA and the Canadian Affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
DGC BC Collective Agreement
The Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia District Council (DGC BC) Collective Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for directors, production managers, assistant directors, location department personnel and other professionals engaged on productions in BC and the Yukon. This agreement is jointly negotiated by the CMPA and the Canadian Affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
ACFC West Local 2020 UNIFOR Collective Agreement
The Association of Canadian Film Craftspeople Local 2020 UNIFOR (ACFC West) Collective Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for a number of technical crew—including grip, props, construction, transportation, set, hair, makeup and wardrobe—engaged on productions in BC.
WGC Independent Production Agreement
The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) IPA establishes the terms, conditions and rates for writers, story editors and story consultants engaged on English-language productions in Canada.