Members tend to work for a non-signatory production with the belief that the days
worked in a higher category will count toward upgrade. As you will see, this is not
necessarily the case. Unless permission is granted for you to work on a non-signatory,
days worked in a higher category will not count toward upgrade.
Under the DGC BC Bylaws, if you are considering working for a non-signatory, it is
imperative that you contact the office immediately for a dispensation form. All requested
details must be submitted to the office before the first day of work.
Failure to do so could result in a
fine and/or suspension or expulsion
from the DGC. The Bylaws also state that a Member must
not work for under the scale rate contained in the Collective
If you do not have a copy of the DGC BC Bylaws, we would
be happy to provide one to you through e-mail at email@example.com
or by contacting the office directly.
But consider this... When dispensation forms are received, the production is contacted to
determine whether the production qualifies for the Low Budget Agreement, which many
independent producers may not be aware of. We're delighted to help and the producers
have been extremely receptive.
If you are considering working in another province on a non-signatory, please call the applicable District Council for a dispensation form.
Please contact the DGC BC office if you have any questions regarding dispensation. For a dispensation form click here.