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Terms in this Guideline: Child Performers Guideline

  • ISBN: 978-1-4249-3968-8
  • Revised: June 2009
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009
means an adult appointed in writing by the parent, or legal guardian, to act on his or her behalf. A member of the production team should not function as a chaperone.
Child Performer
means a paid performer less than eighteen years of age.
means made safe for young children. A room can be childproofed by preventing access to potential hazards or by removing potential hazards.
Directed Activity
means any activity related to performance or rehearsal, on-stage or off-stage (such as exiting in a blackout, getting into a specific position, etc.) that could lead to bodily injury without proper precautions and behaviour.
is defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act as "a person who employs one or more workers or contracts for the services of one or more workers." A person who qualifies as an employer under the OHSA has legal duties with respect to workers, including child performers. The term "employer" is not commonly used in the entertainment industry. For the purposes of this guideline, the producer or engager would generally be considered the employer, as defined under the OHSA.
Infant Performer
means a Child Performer who is less than two-years-old.
means a person having custody of the child as provided for by the Children's Law Reform Act.
Special Skill
means an activity that requires a level of physical proficiency or other physical skill superior to that of the average child.
is defined in the OHSA as “a person who has charge of a workplace or authority over a worker”. A person who qualifies as a supervisor under the OHSA has legal duties with respect to workers, including child performers.

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