When processing your application, Academy staff will review your provided IMDb page and register you under the branches they believe most relevant based on the credits listed there. Once your application has been approved, you will receive a letter in the mail that includes your new membership card as well as a list of the branches you have been registered under. If you believe some are missing, please get in touch with us at membership@academy.ca.

Yes. If you start working in additional roles and areas, please let us know and we will add them to your membership at any time.

Yes. You should register for as many voting branches as you are eligible as it may affect the areas in which you can vote.

No. All projects must be complete and have already been theatrically released in Canada or have aired on a Canadian network or cable TV station to be eligible towards your voting membership.

Yes. Each episode of television qualifies as one credit, even if they are from the same program.

Yes. Documentary films, television programs, and digital content now have their own voting branches. If you have held a credited role on a documentary program, you will be registered under the documentary voting branch, provided you meet the eligibility requirements.

We must be able to verify your credits in some way. An IMDb page is the easiest way for us to do this, but you can also have a producer or director associated with the project write a letter verifying your credit on the project, as well as the project’s status as a Canadian production and release.

Both. If the film was released theatrically (or screened at two film festivals recognized by Telefilm), it is eligible under the Cinema Division. If it was later broadcast on television as a limited series or movie of the week, it is eligible under the Television Division as well.

Not necessarily. We are constantly updating our eligibility requirements to match the roles and credits in the industry, but recognize we may be missing a few. Contact our Membership Department with your information, including what projects you have worked on, and we can determine if you qualify.

Yes. If you have comparable credits on non-Canadian projects and are a Canadian Citizen you can join as an International Voting Member.

File a complaint:

Any Canadian Academy member in good standing and who has previously submitted a formal complaint to an employer or union (or authorized representative of that member) may choose to provide the Academy with a Notice of Complaint (“Complaint”).

Note: The Academy may also accept a Notice of Complaint from the referring organization directly if the complaint is made aware about an Academy member and/or someone currently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.

The formal notice should be sent via email to confidential@academy.ca. Please provide the following details:

  1. Your name and contact phone number
  2. Academy membership number
  3. Date, time, and location of the incident
  4. The organization with which the formal complaint was filed (i.e. the “referring organization”)
  5. Date and time of submission of the formal complaint
  6. Name of the respondent
  7. Brief description of the incident

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Within 24 hours of receiving the confidential email, CEO Beth Janson will acknowledge confirmation of the report directly with the individual that has filed it. Within 30 days of receipt, the Committee will convene to meet to first determine if the reported action is in breach of the Code of Conduct. A representative of the Committee will then notify the referring organization that a Complaint has been filed.

The Committee will be responsible for reviewing Complaints and making decisions regarding resolution and disciplinary measures (where applicable). It is the responsibility of the complainant to inform the Academy of the resolution of their complaint with the referring organization. Upon adjudication of the complaint by the referring organization, the Committee will determine what (if any) disciplinary measures to apply. When necessary, these measures will be enforced within 10 days of receiving the report of the investigation results.

All parties involved in a reported incident and/or subsequent investigation and resolution process have the right to a fair and neutral process. As such, any members of the Committee who have a prior relationship with any of the involved parties will be required to recuse themselves from the investigation (and subsequent disciplinary) process.

Where the Academy is made aware of an incident that could be in breach of the Code of Conduct where neither the complainant nor the respondent is a member or employee of an organization with sufficient capacity to undertake an investigation, the Academy will refer the putative complainant to one (or more) of the more general resources described here.

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Code of Conduct Committee (“the Committee”)

*Each member of the Committee has signed an agreement of confidentiality pertaining to all matters of the committee:

Tracey Deer (Chair)

Julie Bristow

Mark Slone

Beth Janson

Karen Bruce

Resources

If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety, CALL 911. If you wish to pursue a formal complaint through a relevant union or guild, please contact them directly. Below is a list with the contact information for the relevant unions and guilds.

Additional Reporting and Support Resources

If you are involved in an incident or investigation and need support, the following resources are here for you: