The BC Producers Branch (CMPA-BC) is a provincial chapter of the CMPA, working on behalf of British Columbia production companies.
CMPA-BC represents over 150 independent production companies based in British Columbia.
The branch has four key operational priorities: government relations, industrial relations, export and industry development. CMPA-BC has its own 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 advocate for BC’s film, television and digital media sector with all levels of government.
We liaise, recommend and consult to and with the CMPA national organization on all issues that affect our members.
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.
BC policy and advocacy
On behalf of our members, we advocate in critical policy areas such as business development, funding, tax policy and export with municipal, provincial and federal governments. Where a provincial issue needs to be raised, CMPA-BC also appears before parliamentary and legislative committees to give insight into the development of policy, regulation and legislation.
CMPA-BC often collaborates with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA) in joint government relations efforts. At the agency level, the CMPA regularly consults with the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada and Creative BC to ensure that those programs respond to the needs of independent producers.
2023: Annual Highlight Reel
A true highlight of 2023 was the BC government’s injection of $15.9M into Creative BC’s Domestic Motion Picture Fund. After a decade of advocacy, CMPA‑BC and partners celebrated this news, understanding the power of this investment to leverage additional financing for BC producers.
Bulletin regarding working alone or in isolation
Under the BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, employers are required to develop and implement check-in procedures for the protection of employees that may be assigned to work alone or in isolation.
Bulletin regarding provision of hair and makeup services
A bulletin regarding the equitable provision of hair and makeup services, specifically those provided to Black and Indigenous performers and performers of colour.
Bulletin regarding performers with disabilities
A bulletin regarding the need for producers to make reasonable accommodations for performers with disabilities while at work and during the casting/audition process.
B.C. Motion Picture Industry Hours of Service rules for carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles
The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch of British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure launched an Hours of Service Pilot Project for the Motion Picture Industry in BC, introducing modified Hours of Service rules applicable to drivers of commercial vehicles in the Motion Picture Industry.
Notes to BC Members
Keep on top of what’s happening in the BC industry with our Notes to BC members.
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BC Branch Council
The BC Branch Council focuses on issues of concern to CMPA members in BC. And while CMPA-BC has its own by-laws and Branch Council, it abides by the rules, regulations and direction of the CMPA. The Branch Council meets on a monthly basis.