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. If you are interested in registering for a course, please be sure you have submitted an application related to the course you are interested in registering for. Once your application has been received you will be contacted to complete the registration process for the course. Thank you.

Scheduled Courses

7 Courses found
  • Fall Protection End User Certification 2020-Feb-27
    Fall Protection End User for the Workplace. This course is required for anyone working at heights. Certification is valid for 3 years. Course runs from 09:00 am - 4:30 pm. Participants should bring a lunch. Personal harness is not required for this course. Registration for this course is open to IATSE 212 members, permits and new applicants to IATSE 212 only.
    Attendees: 6 spots remaining
    Date: 2/27/2020
    Time: 9:00:00 AM
    Trainer: Wilbur Bacalso
    Dept: ALL
    Location: IATSE Local 212, #201-208 57 Ave SW
    Member: $50.00
    Permit: $60.00
    Others: $0.00
  • Introduction to Film Lighting 2020-Mar-14
    This is an introductory workshop on working in film in the Lighting Department. Course will start at 08:00 am and will finish around 4:30 pm. Course will focus on equipment identification, job expectations and hands on practice with the gear. This is a required course for acceptance into the department. Permit applications must be submitted to IATSE Local 212 prior to registering for this session. Participants should bring a lunch and work gloves.
    Attendees: spots remaining
    Date: 3/14/2020
    Time: 8:00:00 AM
    Trainer: Shawn Knievel
    Dept: Film LX
    Location: William F. White, #50 5750 76 Ave SE
    Member: $25.00
    Permit: $45.00
    Others: $0.00
  • Colour Theory 2020-Mar-14
    Workshop runs from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and will cover Additive (light) and Subtractive (Pigment) colour theory. All departments who deal with colour, colour correcting and wondering how your efforts will look on screen will benefit from taking this workshop. Hands on experience so participants should be prepared to mix pigments. Registration is open to all IATSE Local 212 members and permits. Register through education.
    Attendees: 9 spots remaining
    Date: 3/14/2020
    Time: 10:00:00 AM
    Trainer: Gail Kennedy
    Dept: ALL
    Location: IATSE Local 212, #201-208 57 Ave SW
    Member: $20.00
    Permit: $40.00
    Others: $40.00
  • Introduction to Film Grip 2020-Mar-15
    Introductory workshop on working in film in the Grip Department. Course will start at 08:00 am. Workshop will focus on equipment identification and job expectations. Handouts will be provided on the day. Permit applications must be submitted to IATSE Local 212 prior to registering for this session.
    Attendees: FULL
    Date: 3/15/2020
    Time: 8:00:00 AM
    Trainer: Rik Milner
    Dept: Film Grip
    Location: William F. White, #50 5750 76 Ave SE
    Member: $25.00
    Permit: $45.00
    Others: $0.00
  • Standard First Aid - CPR C & AED 2020-Mar-21&22
    This 2 day course provides training in Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR and AED Level "C" . Each day runs from 08:30 am -4:30 pm. Participants should bring a bagged lunch. Course meet the requirements for application for membership with IATSE Local 212. Registration is restricted to IATSE Local 212 members and permits. Certificate is valid for 3 years.
    Attendees: 11 spots remaining
    Date: 3/21/2020
    Time: 8:30:00 AM
    Trainer: Leanne Townsend
    Dept: ALL
    Location: IATSE Local 212, #201-208 57 Ave SW
    Member: $50.00
    Permit: $60.00
    Others: $0.00
  • Firearm Safety Level One 2020-Mar-28
    Developed and presented by Felcan Enterprises, this 1 day course provides an introduction to Firearm Safety for the entertainment industry. The course will cover safe working practices and legislative requirements, and is of vital importance for those involved in supervising, planning or working on projects involving firearms. This course is recommended for all departments, Production Managers, Technical directors, Stage Managers, Props, Dolly Grips, Boom Operators, Camera Operators, Stills Photographers and Assistant Directors.
    Attendees: 9 spots remaining
    Date: 3/28/2020
    Time: 9:00:00 AM
    Trainer: Greg Auch
    Dept: ALL
    Location: IATSE Local 212, #201-208 57 Ave SW
    Member: $40.00
    Permit: $40.00
    Others: $40.00
  • Entry Level Sewing Assessment 2020-Apr-25
    1 hr 20 minute sewing assessment. Exam will start at 12:00 pm and finish at 1:20 pm. Costume Department Applications must be approved by the department prior to registering tor this assessment. Registration is through Education. **Basic Personal Sewing kit required.
    Attendees: 16 spots remaining
    Date: 4/25/2020
    Time: 12:00:00 PM
    Trainer: Stephanie Martin
    Dept: Film Costume
    Location: The Fashion Institute, 7th floor 345 6 Ave SE
    Member: $20.00
    Permit: $20.00
    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.
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 "Motion Picture" departments are required to take an IATSE Local 212 approved Set Etiquette & Protocol course. The IATSE Local 212 Set Etiquette & Protocol 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 & Protocol Course. The motion picture 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. After candidates have submitted an application package, resume and provided proof or are in the process of completing the IATSE 212 approved Set Etiquette & 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 "Permit" 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 "Permit" status with I.A.T.S.E. Local 212, please remit the following:
  • Current Resume-original digital format only - pdf preferred
  • Copy of your Set Etiquette & Protocol card or when submitting an application advise you require the course (if you are applying to a Motion Picture department).
  • Completed "Application for Permit 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: Other Forms:
  • Deal Memo
    Used by Production when first hired on a show for Film (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.


All members of the Local are expected to respect the following policies:
  • 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.

Benefits & Services

Member and Family Assistance Program
Member Benefit and Discount Program
RRSP Information
Financial Aid for Entertainment Professionals in Emergency Situations
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.