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NABET 700-M UNIFOR represents over 3000 Film, Television and New Media Technicians in the province of Ontario.

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June 1, 2018

xoTO Schools Pilot Project Announcement

We are proud to announce that on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018, the City, in collaboration with the TDSB and the local screen industry, launched the xoTO Schools Pilot Project to enable enhanced access for location filming at 11 pre-approved TDSB sites as well as interactive educational opportunities for students.

NABET 700-M UNIFOR played a key role in establishing the pilot program, and was heavily involved in the recruitment and placement of its first co-op students on NABET 700-M UNIFOR signatory productions.

Mayor John Tory was joined by Jonathan Ahee, President of NABET 700-M UNIFOR and Co-Chair of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board; alongside Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), Chair of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board, TDSB representatives, and Victoria Harding, Associate Executive Director of the Directors Guild of Canada – Ontario.

The xoTO Schools Pilot Project has been created to facilitate access to 11 pre-approved TDSB sites with an expedited permitting system, set daily rate cards and access to TDSB parking lots for production trucks, all the while creating meaningful co-op placement opportunities for TDSB students in film productions and through industry experiences.

Filming at these locations will take place primarily during summer months and on evenings and weekends during the school year. At the pre-approved locations, the scouting and permit application processes will be streamlined with designated permit personnel servicing applications. It will also feature a special daily rate card a 72-hour permit turnaround timeline.

Co-op placements will be created through the academic year in categories such as Make-up, Hair, Sound, Special Effects, Props, Set Decoration, Costume Design, Continuity, Lighting, Grip, Construction, Paint and Transportation. The students will work beside industry professionals, providing unprecedented on-the-job training that will best position students who want to further their education and employment opportunities in the industry.

The City's Economic Development & Culture division in collaboration with NABET 700-M UNIFOR have worked together to develop a position for a Student Outreach Coordinator to create and execute interactive educational programs and coordinate the placement of TDSB Co-op students on Toronto film, television and digital media productions with NABET 700-M UNIFOR overseeing the role of the Student Outreach Coordinator.

Students from the pilot project (Clockwise): Blaise Sinyard, Neyall Williams, Zachary Clark, Andy Baldeo.

Toronto’s unions and guilds will also work with the TDSB to provide students access to industry workshops, seminars, events and guest speakers that support existing TDSB film arts curriculum, and to educate students on the variety of jobs available in the film industry.

The xoTO Schools pilot project will run until June 2019, and It will be reviewed quarterly by all partners throughout its term.


CP24 Interviews with Jonathan Ahee, Neyall Williams, and Zachary Clark

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