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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.

“What we do on stage or in front of the camera is so physical, and we can’t be sick. If we’re sick, we don’t work. So, you know that old saying ‘the show must go on'.”

- ​Sheila McCarthy – Actor

Upcoming Workshops

STRESSED! Workshop Series

May 02, 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, ...

OVERWHELMED! Strategies to Regain Clarity ***Rescheduled***

February 13, 2019

Please note: New date/time ***February 13, 2019 4:30-6:30 pm    What’s this got to do with stress? Feeling overwhelmed is a particular aspect of stress. In this workshop, gain perspectives, tools and techniques to help overcome this specific stress experience. In this workshop, you can ...

COMPLEMENTARY! Live Well with Stress

March 06, 2019

What’s this got to do with stress? Explore a range of complementary care strategies such as Shiatsu Therapy, a Japanese massage involving pressure points, as well as acupressure, mindfulness and more to help you live well with stress. In this workshop, you can expect to: Understand how it is ...