Retiring from Membership

Once a member reaches the age of 65, they become eligible for retirement. To retire, a member needs to consider what retirement entails:
  • Active Members can retire from membership at 65 years or older if they are no longer working in the industry.
  • Retired dues are $5.50 per quarter or $22 per year and have the same due dates as active dues. There is no pre-payment dues discount for retired members. 
  • Members on CPP Disability can retire before 65. Once disability retirement status is approved, there are no further financial obligations to the Local or the International, but they will remain members and have access to the medical plan if desired. 
  • Members who wish to retire must be in good standing.
  • Retired members remain members of IATSE Local 849 and IATSE International.
  • Members of more than one IATSE local must retire from all locals by applying to each directly.

Retired Members

  • Can attend Local 849 General Meetings, but don't have voting rights and cannot participate in Union referendums.
  • Can no longer hold office in IATSE Local 849.
  • Still have access to the medical benefits plan if they choose to keep it & pay for it. 
  • Still have access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program.
  • Still receive a membership card and stamps.

If you wish to apply for retirement, please email the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coming Out of Retirement

  • Retired members can return to active status only once in a lifetime.
  • To reinstate to active status, retired members must apply in writing and pay active dues for the quarter in which the status change is made.
  • Returning retired members retain their original seniority and must sign onto the RRSP Plan.
  • When reinstated to full membership, annual dues will revert to $400 per year (or $360 with a discount).

Gold Card Membership

Members who are over 75, who have been a member for 25 years or longer, and who have been retired for at least one quarter and have paid at least one-quarter of retired status dues, can apply for Gold Card status. Gold Card members pay no dues and receive a special membership card. Gold Card members do not receive stamps.


Members considering retirement and who have an RRSP account in the Canadian Entertainment Industry Retirement Plan (CEIRP) should contact IATSE Local 849 for plan information and options post-retirement.

IATSE Local 849

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Phone: 902-425-2739
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1-617 Windmill Road, 2nd Floor
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 1B6

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