I will be relocating to Canada soon. Are all crew members of television productions shot in Canada, including set and office production assistants, required to be union members? If so, does this include American television productions shot in Canada?
My knowledge of Canadian unions extends only so far as to know that they exist.
But, since you’re writing to my blog, I assume you’re a PA, and not an active member of the DGA. I’d be willing to bet that, like their American counterparts, Canadian PAs don’t have a union.
The reason? Well, who would want to be a PA long enough to join a union?
On top of that, there are plenty of shows which are non-union. Cable shows and reality are notorious for this. Plus, one union’s jurisdiction has no effect on another’s. An independent film can have a deal with SAG, but still not be a DGA or WGA signatory. I’m sure the same holds true for Canadian productions.