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Stop Harassment

Statement from ACTRA on the safety of women in the entertainment and media industry

The disturbing allegations about producer Harvey Weinstein are an important reminder of the work we all need to do to make workspaces safe for all performers. We know sexual discrimination and sexual harassment are very real issues in the industry and in society as a whole. We also know, sadly, how prevalent and difficult predatory behaviour is to report. As industry leaders, we all have a role to play in ending the culture of silence. It’s incumbent upon all of us to combat it and create a safe space for victims to speak out without fear of retribution or harassment. ACTRA works hard to ensure safe and respectful working environments for our members and industry partners, but we know there’s much more to do. We take reports of harassment and bullying very seriously. We are going to work with our industry partners to build on what we are already doing. This will require an industry-wide effort to address a systemic problem that has existed and often been ignored for way too long. We all have to and will do better.

ACTRA National President David Sparrow
ACTRA National Vice-President Alvin Sanders
ACTRA Toronto President Theresa Tova

Joint Industry Media Statement Addressing the Issue of Harassment – November 23, 2017

As representatives of the Canadian creative industry, we gathered together today to collaborate on an industry-wide response to sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, and violence. We agree to zero tolerance for such behaviour. We recognize that increasing gender equality and diversity across our industry is an important part of the solution. The first steps we are committed to include:

  • Enacting an industry-wide code of conduct, clearly defining expectations of appropriate and inappropriate behaviour, enforcement and consequences.
  • Creating more effective reporting mechanisms and supports, which ensure all individuals can report allegations without fear of judgement or retribution.
  • Ensuring more effective enforcement of existing industry policies.
  • Launching a multi-level education and training program, including an industry-wide awareness campaign designed to establish and strengthen a culture of safe workplaces.

This moment presents us all with an opportunity to focus a spotlight on the prevention of sexual harassment. We are committed to working in partnership to build solutions and will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA)
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (The Academy)
The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)
Canadian Actors Equity Association (Equity)
Canadian Media Guild (CMG)
Casting Directors Society of Canada (CDC)
Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)
Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC)
Entertainment Industry Coalition (EIC)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA)
NABET 700-M Unifor
Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada (TAMAC)
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Writers Guild of Canada (WGC)
Women in View

Resources for ACTRA Ottawa Members

To Report Harassment:

Call ACTRA, during business hours (9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday)

Telephone: 613.565.2168


Need counselling or other health services, including crisis support?
Call the Members and Family Assistance Program (MFAP Support) at 1-844-880-9142

Identify yourself as having access to the MFAP through AFBS. You will need to provide your ACTRA membership number and date of birth

Additional Resources

Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
24 hour Crisis Line 613-562-2333 

Assaulted Women’s Helpline (ON)

A free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals via telephone to individuals (including men) living in Ontario – anonymous and confidential. Services available in up to 200 languages.

 TOLL-FREE  1.866.863.0511
 TOLL-FREE TTY  1.866.863.7868
mobile* #SAFE (#7233)

*Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus mobile phone

 Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Program

A 24-hour, multilingual, toll-free phone line for immediate crisis and referral services.


Independent Legal Advice

 Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Pilot Program

The pilot program provides eligible survivors living in the City of Toronto, the City of Ottawa, or the District of Thunder Bay with up to four hours of free, legal advice from one or more lawyers on the referral list by phone, or in person.

 Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Legal services to individuals in Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to the Human Rights Code. Services available in 140 languages. Access services by calling phone line.

TOLL-FREE  866.625.5179
TOLL-FREE TTY 1.866.612.8627

Telephone lines open:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 2 pm to 6 pm
Phones are busiest on Thursdays between 2 pm to 4 pm


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