Be a Pro – PROvide Residency Documentation for Production

Consider your proof of residency as a vital tool in your kit. Keep copies and take them each time you start a job.

Important amendments to the BCCFU Master Agreement (Article 1.21 Residency) concerning residency documentation will be in force as of October 1st, 2018. From that date, an employer has the right to discharge you if you do not comply with their request for residency documentation within two business days of the processing of your first timesheet.

Why productions need residency proof

Productions need the residency documentation (i.e. proof of where you live) for every employee they hire in BC in order to claim provincial and federal tax incentives. These incentives are one of the reasons productions choose to film in BC and Canada which, of course, helps brings work to the professional artists and technicians of our Local.

What you need to provide

You must provide each employer with Canadian and Provincial residency information on or before the date your first timecard is submitted to the accounting department. At the beginning of production, the production will let you know (and IATSE Local 891) of the residency documentation required. This may include (but isn’t limited to, the following):

  1. A declaration of residency, including Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status;
  2. A Canadian Provincial Driver’s License or Canadian Provincial Identification Document or Card with Photo (e.g., a British Columbia Services Card (BC Care Card) with Photo); and
  3. One or more of the following documents:
    1. Notice of Assessment;
    2. Mortgage, rental or lease agreement with rent receipts;
    3. Utility bills;
    4. Property tax notice;
    5. Motor vehicle registration;
    6. Insurance policy covering a Canadian residence.

What you need to know

If you don’t provide the required residency documentation on or before the date your first timecard is submitted, you will have two business days to do so. If you still don’t provide it, the employer can replace you and can notify the Local that they will not accept you for employment until you have provided the documentation to the employer and to IATSE Local 891. The Local will not be able to support you in a dispute with an employer if the required paperwork has not been provided. Employees employed through a loan-out corporation may also be asked to provide the loan-out corporation’s most recent Notice of Assessment and the most recent Schedule 50 indicating whether the loan-out corporation has single or multiple shareholders. Newly-formed loan-out corporations that have not yet filed tax returns may be asked to provide a Shareholder Register.