Applying for Assistance
Please download our Information for Applicants sheet before you begin the application process. This sheet contains important information about what documents you will need to submit with your form, as well as information about the types of assistance you can receive from the Fund.
Am I professionally eligible?
You may be eligible for assistance if:
–Over the past three years, you have earned more than 50% of your income from working in the Canadian entertainment industry at a professional level, or
–You are over 65 and made most of your income from the industry over the course of your working life.
Is my situation eligible?
The Actors’ Fund is intended to provide short-term emergency financial assistance to people who have been faced with an unforeseen emergency, and who have no other financial options. Emergencies may include situations such as sudden illness, injury, natural disaster, or cancellation of a contract. Generally, emergency need that has been created by seasonal unemployment, long-term underemployment, or chronic debt is beyond the scope of the Fund. The Actors’ Fund is not intended to provide ongoing or recurrent assistance.
It is expected that applicants to the Fund will make reasonable efforts to seek other resources, such as looking for work outside the entertainment industry, applying for emergency aid or relief programs through their union or guild, seeking financial counseling, and applying for government benefits.
Is my request eligible?
The Fund provides assistance with necessary and immediate costs of living. Frequently requested items include food, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, transportation costs, and emergency medical or dental expenses. The Fund does not provide assistance for credit card, loan, or debt payments; educational costs; legal fees; or taxes. Please check the Information for Applicants sheet to find out if the Fund is able to consider the items you are requesting.
How do I apply?
Print out and fill in the Application Form (available for download below). Read the Information for Applicants sheet to see what other documents are required. Generally, you will need to include at least a resume or work history, relevant bills or estimates, and documentation of your emergency (such as a doctor’s note). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office before you submit your application.
You can submit your application by fax at 416-975-0304, as .pdf or .jpg email attachments at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to: The Actors’ Fund of Canada, 1000 Yonge Street, Suite 301, Toronto, ON M4W 2K2.
You can also drop off your application at our office between 9:30-5:30, Monday-Friday. If you would like to speak to someone about your application, please call us to make an appointment in advance. Our office is open by appointment only.
What happens when I apply?
Your application will be checked for missing or unclear information and taken to a committee of Board members for review. Complete applications can usually be processed in about a week; incomplete applications will be subject to delays and may be returned to you. Processing time will vary depending on the nature of the request and the volume of applications. Once you have submitted an application, please do not call the office unless you have additional information to provide, or to verify that your submitted application has been received.
All applications are handled with compassion and discretion, and are strictly confidential.
If you have questions about eligibility or about your application, or if you have any difficulties with the application process, please contact our office directly toll-free at 1-877-399-8392, in Toronto at 416-975-0304 or email@example.com.
Download the Application Form and Information Sheet here:
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