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Suite 303
Toronto, ON
M5C 1M3
Tel: 416-536-4827
Toll-free: 1-888-428-0362
Fax: 416-536-0859


1. What happens after I become a Permittee?
Once you’ve been approved, you’ll be able to call in your availability on a weekly basis. When your department has utilized all of its members, our crewing department will begin calling Permittees. Each time that you work on a NABET 700-M UNIFOR production, 7% of your gross pay will be deducted and remitted to the union. This is your permit fee.

When you have acquired a minimum of $2000 in permit fees in one department, you are eligible for full membership within the Union, providing you meet any other membership/departmental requirements and your work history is reviewed. New members are sworn in quarterly, and until you are sworn in as a member, permit fees will continue to be deducted from your pay.

2. I don’t have the required 40 Days experience. How do I obtain that?
Seek out work experience on independent and non-union productions by calling places like the Canadian Film Centre (416-445-1446) to see if they have any projects in production looking for help. Keep in mind that in many cases, these opportunities may be unpaid.

3. How much work will I get as a Permittee?
It’s difficult to predict how much work you’ll get as a Permittee. In general, some departments are busier than others but overall, it’s entirely dependent on a number of factors such as how many shows we have in production, what kind of calls we’re getting and how many members are already working. Keep in mind that you’re a freelancer and steady work is not guaranteed. It’s always good to have some back-up income.

4. When is the next NABETiquette Course?
If there is an upcoming date scheduled, it will be listed on the homepage of our website (

5. I have many years of film experience. Do I still have to take the NABETiquette course?
Yes. Everyone must take it as part of the application process.

6. When will I find out if I’m a Permittee or not?
Your application must be reviewed by the Department and/or Vice-President of the department to which you are applying to. You will be notified via mail once your application has been approved.

7. Why do I have to fill out the Relevant Past Employment page when I’m also handing in a resume?
The Relevant Past Employment page is meant to be a 40-day snapshot of your relevant work experience, while your resume is a more extensive work history. Please fill this page out in full. DO NOT write “see resume,” as this may delay your application process or result in your application being rejected for non-completion.

8. I took NABETiquette and applied within the 2 years the certificate was valid for and my application was rejected. Now that the 2 years have lapsed and I want to reapply, will I need to re-do the NABETiquette course?

No. You will not have to re-do the course so long as you initially applied within the 2 years.

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