Mission & Activities

Mission

The Alliance québécoise des techniciens et techniciennes de l'image et du son (AQTIS - alliance of image and sound technicians) focuses on studying, defending and promoting its members' professional, social and economic interests.

  • by offering them adapted services and products,
  • by negotiating and enforcing collective agreements,
  • eby helping the industry to develop and expand its influence.

Values

AQTIS has chosen four fundamental values to help it achieve its mission and reach its objectives:

  • solidarity,
  • integrity,
  • excellence,
  • teamwork.

In view of its mission and values, AQTIS invites everyone in the organization - members and employees - to fulfill their responsibilities in a spirit of respect, cooperation, transparency, impartiality, objectivity, commitment and accountability.

Vision

Ensure that AQTIS is the paramount representative association for the defence of technicians' rights, the improvement of their working conditions, and the promotion of social and professional values within the industry, as well as the undisputed reference in the creation of movie, television and multimedia productions.

Activities

True to its mission, AQTIS works to study, defend and promote its members' professional, social and economic interests.

  • It negotiates work agreements between its members and employers, regardless of the labour relations regime or the sector of activity.
  • It ensures that these agreements are respected on-set, and files grievances where necessary.
  • It ensures that every technician can work in a safe environment by raising awareness and providing a variety of tools to enable members and producers to comply with safety guidelines.
  • It offers its members a social safety net that includes a group RSP, group insurance, employment assistance services, and a member assistance program.
  • It offers basic training courses 
  • It speaks on behalf of the professionals it represents and defends their interests in any forum in which it can advance the interests of culture and the entire industry.

Advocacy

In pursuit of its mandate, AQTIS participates in numerous advocacy activities associated with studying, defending and promoting its members' professional, social and economic interests.

As such, AQTIS actively contributes to various standing and ad hoc committees of provincial ministries and agencies, including the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Emploi-Québec and the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST - workplace health and safety commission). It also deals with federal departments and agencies, including Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Industry Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada.

AQTIS advocacy - Industrial and government partners

  • Member of the training mutua L'inis (L'inis- audiovisual training mutual)

    INIS is the training mutual in the audiovisual sector. As such, it has the mandate to structure, develop and organize training services adapted to the characteristics and needs of workers in this sector. The shared courses are reserved for people associated with trade unions and member organizations Mutual INIS.

  • Member of Compétence Cuture, the Conseil québécois des ressources humaines en culture (CQRHC - human resources in culture)

    Compétence Cuture is one of 29 sectoral labour committees recognized by Emploi-Québec. It represents all associations of artists, producers, and presenters of the visual, dance, music, theatre, museum, craft, cinema and audiovisual and media arts, as well as writers. The CQRHC's mission is to promote the professional development of the human resources in the field of culture. Its mandate involves analyzing requirements for labour, employment, human resources management and work organization; promoting continuing education within companies and fostering employment stability and reduced unemployment in the cultural industry.

  • Member of the Documentary Network

    The mission of this organization, founded in 2003, is to promote the financing and broadcasting of creative documentaries, and to advocate on behalf of the genre to federal and provincial decision makers.

  • AQTIS is a member of the table de concertation paritaire en santé et sécurité de l'industrie du cinéma et de la vidéo (joint consultation body on health and safety in the film and video industry), which develops safety rules for the industry.

Industry involvement

  • Member of the Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC)

    The QFTC's mission is to contribute to the development of Quebec's competitiveness as a world-class film and television production centre. It seeks to harmonize and coordinate the promotional activities and hosting and support services necessary to produce international productions in Quebec, and to develop and implement projects beneficial to the industry as a whole. Through an agreement with the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the QFTC provides the secretariat for Montréal's audiovisual cluster, which rallies industry stakeholders around common objectives targeting growth and competitiveness for the film and audiovisual sector.

  • Participation in the activities of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT),which organizes the Gémeaux and Genie Awards..

  • Member of the professional representation committee of Québec Cinéma, which organizes the Gala du cinéma québécois