Membership Information

Local 212 Members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Contract Negotiation and Administration services.
  • Better wages benefits and working conditions.
  • Job Protection and security
  • Dispatch Services for Stage and Motion Picture Technicians
  • A prolific Education Program which provides economical training opportunities mandated to make our members more employable.
  • A Health Benefits Program which includes family coverage for Life Insurance, Dental, Medical, Optical, Prescription Drugs and Short Term Disability.
  • Participation in the Canadian Entertainment Industry Retirement Plan which offers low management fees and the opportunity to retire with dignity.
  • Exclusive Jurisdiction over various Stage, Motion Picture, Audio / Visual and Scene-Shop jobs. Members are hired before non-members.
  • Membership within the largest and most vibrant Entertainment Union in the world. The IATSE Currently has 114,000 Members working in a wide range of crafts within the Entertainment industry.


IATSE 212 is committed to helping members upgrade their skills and the IATSE 212 Education Committee updates courses on an ongoing basis. Certain courses are prerequisites for being considered for a department, and others are required before permittee status will be considered.

Scheduled Courses

4 Courses found
  • Costume Department Meet & Greet 2015-Apr-12
    This 2.5 hour information session is open to permits in the Film Costume Department. Topics to be discussed but not limited to are; Who's who within the department, your first day call, job expectations and work opportunities. Topics will be introduced by IATSE 212 members currently working in the field on various productions. Open discussion will follow. Contact education to reserve your spot.
    Date: 4/12/2015
    Time: 10:00:00 AM
    Trainer: ---
    Dept: Film Costume
    Location: IATSE 212 Training Centre
    Member: $0.00
    Permit: $0.00
    Others: $0.00
  • LX 1 2015-Apr-12
    One day introductory workshop on working in film in the Lighting Department. Required course for acceptance into the department. Course will focus on equipment identification and job expectations. Participants should bring a bagged lunch, notebook and weather gear. Preregistration is required. Maximum of 12 participants.
    Date: 4/12/2015
    Time: 8:00:00 AM
    Trainer: Dave Vernerey
    Dept: Film LX
    Location: William F. White
    Member: $25.00
    Permit: $45.00
    Others: $45.00
  • Set Etiquette & Protocol 2015-Apr-25
    This 3 hour workshop will cover basic film vocabulary and first day etiquette. Course starts at 09:00 am. Mandatory requirement for acceptance into any IATSE 212 film department. Preregistration is required.
    Date: 4/25/2015
    Time: 9:00:00 AM
    Trainer: Tyler Mandrusiak
    Dept: All (Film)
    Location: IATSE 212 Office
    Member: $40.00
    Permit: $40.00
    Others: $40.00
  • Standard First Aid w/CPR 2015-Jun-6&7
    This 2 day course provides training in Red Cross Standard First Aid CPR and AED's Level "C" certification. Each day runs from 08:30 am - 4:30 pm. Participants should bring a bagged lunch. Maximum of 16 participants. Course meets the first aid requirement for application for membership with IATSE 212.
    Date: 6/6/2015
    Time: 8:30:00 AM
    Trainer: Leanne Townsend
    Dept: ALL
    Location: IATSE 212 Office
    Member: $45.00
    Permit: $55.00
    Others: $0.00

Pending Courses

0 Courses found



There is currently no fee to apply for Permittee Status. IATSE Local 212 is now accepting Permittee applications for stagehands and motion picture technicians.
Apply for Permit Status

Becoming a "Permittee" is the first step toward advancement to member status in the I.A.T.S.E. Local 212 Union. Permittee status allows you to work in venues and on productions under the jurisdiction of Local 212. Permittees are dispatched when a position cannot be filled by a union member. Permittee status does not guarantee receiving a call for work. Persons applying for Permittee status in all "film" departments are required to take an IATSE Local 212 approved Set Etiquette and Protocol course prior to their acceptance by a given department. The "Set Etiquette" course is a half-day course for a nominal fee. Persons interested in taking the course locally may contact our office at (403) 250-2199 or for more information on the Set Etiquette Course. The film, television and theatrical stage industries are very demanding in the technical areas over which the I.A.T.S.E. has jurisdiction. When the Union supplies personnel to facilitate safe and proficient productions, the organization must be able to stand behind each worker, confident that he/she is an experienced, trained, competent and talented professional. To that end you are advised to consider the following criteria when deciding to pursue your resume submission. After candidates have submitted up to date resumes and provided proof that they have completed the IATSE 212 approved Set Etiquette and Protocol course, Permittee status will be determined based on the following:
  • Professional training in a specific craft.
  • Demonstrated talent in a specific craft or related area of expertise.
  • Understanding of the entertainment industry workplace/environment.
  • Honesty, good character and professionalism.
Please note that this is not an application for membership. It is an application for "Permittee" status. Should you be approved, you will be granted "Permittee" status until such time as you may be considered for membership. Please check specific departmental requirements before submitting permit application. If, after careful consideration, you wish to apply for "Permittee" status with I.A.T.S.E. Local 212, please remit the following by mail:
  • Current Resume
  • Proof of registration in the set etiquette and protocol course (If you are applying to a Film department).
  • Completed "Application for Permittee status" Form. Be sure to indicate the department(s) and position(s) for which you are qualified to apply.
Should you submit an application with incomplete information or without possessing the necessary qualifications, your application will not be accepted. Applications can take up to 3 months to process. You will be notified as soon as your application has been reviewed. Please do not telephone and inquire as to the status of your application. Departments are responsible for reviewing and approving Permittee applications. It is necessary to correspond with the department in writing as there are not representatives of the individual departments in this office.

Please refer to the list of departments and job titles which fall under the jurisdiction of I.A.T.S.E. Local 212:

Conditions of Membership

Locals within the Alliance maintain "home rule" or Local autonomy. They subscribe to the International Constitution and Bylaws, but maintain local constitutions and bylaws, governing the particulars of individual Locals. Here are the basic requirements for Membership in Local 212.
Candidates for membership must:
  • Be capable of obtaining employment in occupations within the jurisdiction of the Alliance.
  • Possess sufficient experience and ability to pass a reasonable examination upon the particulars of their craft.
  • Have proof of completion of WHMIS and Standard First Aid training. (valid certificate required at time of application)
  • Reside within the jurisdiction for at least 18 months immediately prior to application.
If a candidate for membership meets established criteria, she/he will be proposed to the membership for their consideration at a regular meeting.


If a candidate for membership meets established criteria, she/he will be proposed to the membership for their consideration at a regular meeting. The regular members of the Local, by vote of simple majority, will determine who will join the ranks as a Union brother or sister. The candidate will then complete an official application for membership which will be submitted to the International (along with an non-refundable processing fee) for endorsement by the General Secretary/Treasurer. Upon completion of this process, (which may take up to four weeks) the candidate will be initiated into the Local, pledging allegiance to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Alliance before the general membership and/or the Executive Board. At this time, a one time only initiation fee is due to the Local, along with the first quarter dues.


Member Forms:
  • Applications: IATSE applications for Permit Status and for Membership for Film & Stage
  • Health and Welfare: Forms for submitting insurance claims (requires sign in)
  • RRSP: Make changes to your RRSP (requires sign in)
  • Union Docs: Most documents required by Members (requires sign in)
Other Forms:
  • Deal Memo: Used by Production when first hired on a show for Film (opens pdf in a new window)
  • Evaluation Form - Film: Used by Film Department to comment on work of permittees(opens pdf in a new window)
  • Evaluation Form - Stage: Used by General Stage to comment on work of permittees(opens pdf in a new window)
  • Stagepay 212 Inc - Start Pack: Used by General Stage employed for the first time on a Stage call(opens pdf in a new window)

Hiring Policies

The Local is not an employer. It functions as a representative of its members, a hiring hall and an occasional "payroll agent". The Local is not an employment agency and does not guarantee work for any member. The Local is a Union, an organization of individual members attempting, through collective action, to improve working conditions in the workplace and to foster opportunities for employment for those individuals. The Local fills job vacancies within the industry on the basis of "qualified seniority". Members in good standing maintain their position on the "calling roster" in respect of their:
  • Qualifications in their craft
  • Seniority - longevity of Local membership
  • Availability for work
This alone is the basis on which jobs are filled beyond the accepted industry standard of the producer's choice for department heads and Local seconds for feature films, and seniority designate department heads on general stage calls. Membership of the Local will not go to work within the jurisdiction of the I.A.T.S.E. unless authorized to do so by the Local.


Further abuse will result in expulsion. All members have some very basic obligations to the Union:
  • To maintain good standing by ensuring that financial obligations are met.
  • To demonstrate an interest and develop an understanding of the Union's affairs by attending and participating in monthly meetings.
  • Honor your Union brothers and sisters by conducting yourself in a professional manner in a climate of mutual respect.
  • To promote, through collective action, improvements in the workplace for the benefit of all.
Alcohol and substance abuse will not be tolerated in the workplace and are considered grounds for dismissal from the job and suspension from the calling roster.


Member Benefit and Discount Program
RRSP Information
Financial Aid for Entertainment Professionals in Emergency Situations
Personal Information Protection Act ("PIPA")
I.A.T.S.E. Local 212 offers an extensive Employee and Family Assistance Program with Homewood Solutions. Use of this program is private and confidential, the Union receives no identifying information from Homewood Solutions.

Membership Meetings

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    Stage Riggers Department Meeting - IA 212 Boardroom at 7:00pm
  • Monday, April 06, 2015
    Caucus 3 ATP/TC/TJ Meeting - IATSE 212 Boardroom at 2:00pm
  • Friday, April 10, 2015
    Security Department Meeting - IA 212 Boardroom at 10:00am
  • Sunday, May 03, 2015
    General Membership Meeting - IA 212 Office at 10:00am
  • Sunday, September 13, 2015
    General Membership Meeting - IA 212 Office at 10:00am
  • Sunday, November 01, 2015
    General Membership Meeting - IA 212 Office at 10:00am
  • Sunday, December 13, 2015
    General Membership Meeting - IA 212 Office at 10:00am

Union Departments

Stage Departments

Basic Tool Requirements All Caucus 2: General Stage Depts
  • Head Carpenter
  • Carpenter Crew
  • Head Electrician
  • Electrician Crew
  • Head Fly Person
  • Fly Loader
Properties (Props)
  • Head of Properties
  • Properties Crew
  • Head Rigger
  • Ground Rigger
  • High Rigger
  • Head Sound
  • Sound Crew
  • Head Wardrobe
  • Stitcher
  • Milliner
  • Wardrobe Crew

Motion Picture Departments

Department Requirements Tools
Accounting ACC None
Art/Production Design ART None
Construction CON CON TOOLS
First Aid / Craft Service FACS FACS TOOLS
Lighting / Electrics LE LE TOOLS
Paramedic PAR TBA
Props PRO None
Script Supervisor SCR None
Security / Watchman SEC SEC TOOLS
Set Decorating SET SET TOOLS
Sound SND None
Special Effects SPE SPE TOOLS