UDA Agreement

November 1, 2022

Collective agreement December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2025
Letter of agreement – renewal (french version)

New collective agreement 2022-2025

On September 12, 2022, the members of Union des artistes, meeting in sectorial assembly, ratified the agreement in principle reached between UDA and the Association des producteurs d’expériences numériques, Xn Québec. The agreement was ratified on October 30, 2022.

Consult the 2022-2025 collective agreement
Duration of agreement: December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2025.

The following sections contain abbreviated information. It is your responsibility to read the entire agreement.


– Important definitional updates on several articles;
– Rate increases of 4% on signing and 2% in the second and third years of the agreement…
– Introduction of a chapter dealing with harassment;
– Increase in the producer’s contribution to CSA: from 10% to 11%;
– Increase in the producer’s contribution to the COPAR fund: from 4% to 5%;
– Improved self-promotion provisions;

Home recording

Introduction of a section on home recording: 

When, as part of the recording of a commissioned work, the producer expressly asks an artist to record himself (whether visual or vocal), he must comply with the following conditions: 

– Obtain the artist’s written consent by indicating this on the artist’s UDA contract, and 
– Negotiate the applicable fee by mutual agreement. However, the total fee negotiated may not be less than 125% of the minimum rate provided for in the collective agreement according to function. 

Resale rights

Limitation of resale rights acquired upon payment of a fee: Payment of a fee releases rights for closed circuit and restricted public space. It also releases rights for one (1) year on the Internet (customer’s website) and public space. 

See the section on usage circuits for more details. 

Additional rights can only be acquired for periods of 1, 2, 5 or 10 years. Rates for most options have been increased. For further details, please consult the fee schedule. 

Half-day (4 hours)

The rate for a 4-hour half-day has been increased by 5%, and now corresponds to 70% of the rate for an 8-hour day instead of 65%, on top of the 4% increase at the signing of the collective agreement. For the half-day, this represents a 9% increase in the first year.

When should you use the UDA convention?

You are required to produce promotional, informational or training documents for your clients that are distributed in closed circuits, in public spaces or on the Internet.
You want to use professional artists (narrators, actors, etc.) for this type of production. Since September 2004, a collective agreement between the Regroupement des producteurs multimédia (RPM), now Xn Québec, and the Union des artistes (UDA) has governed the hiring of artists for multimedia commissions. This covers any form of “corporate” or “institutional” production on video or interactive multimedia media that is not intended for retail sale or for the broadcast (radio, television, cinema, or DVD markets aimed at the general public) and webcasting markets. Also excluded are advertisements governed by the agreement between the Association des producteurs conjoints (APC) and the UDA. Xn Québec members must pay Xn Québec a fee equivalent to 3% of total fees and resale rights (before taxes), using the UDA/Xn Québec remittance form, and send it to Xn Québec. Non-member producers can use the convention for a service fee of $100 + tax.

For all inquiries concerning the UDA agreement or the resolution of grievances following the signing of a contract, Xn Québec members may contact Xn Québec at info@xnquebec.co.

▶︎ Consult the complete agreement
▶︎ Consult rates (pag 46)
▶︎ Need help? Consult the user guide (french version)


  1. Make sure your production is covered by the agreement. To do so, consult the collective agreement.
  2. Obtain a contract
    Contact the UDA to obtain a contract application form at 514 288-7150, ext. 1014, or by e-mail at RT_OeuvreCommande@uda.ca. Producers who are not members of Xn Québec must also sign an agreement with the UDA.
    Fill out the contract request form. It is possible to request several copies of contracts at a time.
  3. Complete the contract
    Complete the Contract of Engagement. In particular, you’ll need to determine the type of service (in-field or out-of-field), the rate and negotiated surplus (if applicable) and, if applicable, the rights of resale for use of the work in a public space (public or commercial place: train, bus, hotel, shop, trade show, museum, etc.) or on the Internet.
    – Complete the Artists’ Security Fund remittance form.
    – Complete the Resale Rights Acquisition Form.
    – Complete the Assignment of Rights Form, if applicable.
  4. Return to the UDA and to the artists all contracts and forms, as well as payment of fees and dues, in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated in article 4-4.01 of the agreement.
  5. Grievance management
    In the event of disputes or disagreements concerning the interpretation or application of the Xn Québec-UDA collective agreement, a producer who is a member of Xn Québec can count on the support of his association to assert his point of view and, if necessary, be defended in a grievance procedure.
    Non-member producers, on the other hand, will have to rely on their own resources and deal directly with the UDA.