Below is an outline of fees you can expect to incur as a background performer.

Membership Fee
It is standard in the industry for Non-Union talent to pay a membership fee. TFX’s fee is $100 plus HST ($113). This is a yearly, non-refundable fee and is required at the time of registration, and renewable on your membership anniversary date each year you continue to be an active member.

Note: Union performers do not pay a membership fee.

BG4Hire Account
It is essential to have an active account on BG4HIRE.COM in order to work with our agency. This is an online casting platform that many casting agencies use. has an annual membership fee of $45. For more information, please visit their website and refer to their FAQ section.

Commission Fee
Background performers pay a commission rate for work that they do. All commissions must include 13% HST. Our commission fees are as follows:

Non-Union and AABP Performers:

  • 10% for regular background work
  • 15% for commercials, upgrades (SSE, Actor Roles, etc.), green permittee vouchers, music videos
  • 20% for print

ACTRA Apprentice Members:

  • 15% for regular background performances, as well as commercials, upgrades (SSE, Actor Roles, etc.), music videos
  • 20% for print

Full ACTRA Members:

  • 10% for regular background performances
  • 15% for commercials, upgrades (SSE, Actor Roles, etc.), music videos
  • 20% for print

Commission includes but is not limited to payments received for COVID tests, mileage, travel, wardrobe and equipment, cars and pets.

To get a better idea of commission owing for a specific booking, try out our Online Commission Calculator.

For your convenience, commission payments can be made by e-transfer to

Please note in the notes/comments box of the e-transfer, your full name, the production title and date you are sending the commission for. (If prompted for a password, please make the password either “tfx” or ”tfxtfx”.)

Your Rate

The hourly rate as a background performer is $16.55 per hour with an 8 hour minimum, (which means that if you only work 2 hours, you are still paid for 8 hours), not including the unpaid lunch hour. Union rates apply for ACTRA members.

Cancellation Fees are as follows:

Booking Cancellation Policy:
If you’re booked for a project and need to cancel, please let your agent know ASAP. Canceling a booking for any reason will result in a Cancellation Fee. A booking includes any engagement like COVID tests, fittings, or work dates.

Cancellation Fees are as follows:
$20.00 for Non-Union/AABP members, $40.00 for ACTRA Apprentice members, and; $30.00 for Full ACTRA members. 
The Cancellation Fee is based on the minimum commission the client would have owed Toronto Film Extras, plus additional administrative costs.

$50 No-Show Penalty:
If you can’t make it to your booking, let us know in advance. Failing to inform us and not showing up will result in a $50 No-Show Fee. Please communicate any cancellations to avoid this fee.

Late Fee:
Punctuality is crucial! If you are late to set, and our team has to become involved in addressing the lateness (for example: we have to call, and/or text you), you will be charged a $20.00 Late Fee.
We may update our terms. Check “Fees” on our website for the latest. These terms override any previous ones. By using our services, you agree to the current terms on our site.