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AFBS

Affordable Health Insurance for the Creative Community.​

AFBS is a feel-good story – vibrant and successful not-for-profit organization owned and governed by its founders who are Members of ACTRA and the Writers’ Guild of Canada. Over the past 36 years, AFBS has grown to become one of the country’s Top 200 Financial Services companies, with a half billion dollars of its Members’ assets in its care. To ensure that AFBS remains relevant to the specialized needs of the creative life, Members also play a meaningful role in the governance of AFBS, working in collaboration with an experienced team of financial professionals. Therefore, when AFBS designs specialized healthcare and insurance programs for its members, it does so with years of expertise, knowledge of the artistic-cultural community and compassion that can’t be matched by traditional insurers for whom health is just a business.

With 17,000 Members and links to 35 participating organizations representing another 50,000 writers, visual artists, performers and filmmakers, AFBS is able to provide remarkably cost-effective healthcare coverage as well as other forms of insurance including home, auto and life. It does so through its Arts & Entertainment Plan and a second entity, the Writers’ Coalition Program.

To learn more, visit www.artsandentertainmentplan.com or www.writerscoalition.com. If you would like to speak directly with someone, call David Racicot in Toronto at (416) 967-6600 or dial our toll-free number, 1 (800) 387-8897. David’s extension number is 238.

AFBS is a Canada-wide community of working artists who have pooled our knowledge and resources to financially backstop and inspire the lives and careers of its Members, associate members and its fellows in the applied arts.

“For the past decade, the Humber College Theatre Performance program has benefitted greatly from the Artists’ Health Alliance and their phenomenal Education Outreach programs. We have had specialists from the Alliance come in to do subsidized workshops on Vocal Health, Nutrition, and Stress Management to name a few. Our students consistently rave about how informative and useful these workshops are. They are especially enthusiastic about the facilitators, who have a deep understanding of the performer’s craft and a profound knowledge of their particular areas of specialty. In my own experience, the facilitators are able to connect with students in ways that are engaging, entertaining and challenging. They are also very responsive in following up with students when they need more support.”

- Paul de Jong, Theatre Performance Program

Upcoming Workshops

STRESSED! Workshop Series

May 01, 2019

Stress is a tricky part of life. Too much of it, and you’re a blob on the floor. Too little of it, and you’re a blob on the floor. For artists, stress comes not only from the normal pressures of life, but also from the precarious nature of the arts sector which usually means too little time, ...

CONNECT! Whole Self Healing

October 03, 2018

What’s this got to do with stress? Because artists bring their whole selves to their work, artists’ health demands that we pay attention to the whole artist. That sprained wrist and that nagging pit of dread in the belly are likely connected, not to mention our shoulder pain and fear ...

STEP ONE! Primary Care

November 07, 2018

What’s this got to do with stress? Primary healthcare providers, such as family doctors and nurse practitioners, are the starting point to accessing healthcare services in Ontario. They can treat many health conditions (including stress-related ones) and can lessen the stress that often comes ...