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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.

“I’ve seen shows where there are buckets in the wings, and people give a speech, they go to the wings, they vomit and they come back.”

- ​R.H. Thomson - Actor

Upcoming Workshops

Registration: Artists' Toolbox

June 30, 2018

Fill in the form below and select which events you want to register for, including the number of spaces you want to reserve (under “quantity”). If you have any problems registering online, you can do so over the phone by calling 416-351-0239.   Season Summary Narrative Wellbeing ...

Maintaining Creative Energy

March 13, 2018

This workshop addresses creative fatigue and combats the isolation that plagues artistic work. Through activities facilitated by an expert drama educator, participants identify and discuss sources of their creative energy. Explore how your personal and professional stories, and the places you come ...

Healthy Habits

January 25, 2018

This workshop addresses the fact that artistic practice can entail unhealthy habits. Facilitated by a registered dietitian and a physiotherapist, this workshop will help artists gain individual insight into their own habits in regards to diet, exercise and sleep. Create sustainable patterns and ...