Scale Agreements

What is a scale agreement?

"Scale agreement" is defined in section 5 of the Status of the Artist Act (Act) and refers to a written agreement between a producer and an artists' association which sets out the minimum terms and conditions for the provision of artists' services and other related matters.

Scale agreements filed with the Minister of Labour

Under section 33(2) of the Act, parties to a scale agreement are required to file a copy with the Minister of Labour without delay.

The Workplace Information Directorate of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is responsible for collecting scale agreements filed with the Minister of Labour and can provide, free of charge, updated information on:

  • scale agreements,
  • negotiated wage data, benefits and working conditions,
  • labour organizations,
  • union membership,
  • innovative workplace practices.

To obtain a copy of a scale agreement...

ESDC administers Negotech, a searchable database that contains links to recently concluded scale agreements. You can also request hard copies of scale agreements from:

Workplace Information Directorate
Labour Program
Employment and Social Development Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0J2

Toll-free: 1-877-259-8828
Telephone: 819-997-3117
Fax: 819-953-9582
Or visit their Website

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