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To discuss which form of Equity contract may apply to an engagement, please contact an Equity Business Representative. The information contained on Equity's website is for information purposes only. In the case of a discrepancy between information stated here and Equity's specific agreements and policies, the terms of the respective agreement or policy shall prevail.

Theatre
The Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) is negotiated between Equity and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). Many professional regional theatre companies across Canada are signatories to this Agreement.
The 2015-2018 CTA took effect June 29, 2015 and remains in effect until June 24 2018.
The CTA consists of two components - the CTA material terms booklet and the CTA Fee Booklet.

The Stratford Festival Addendum to the CTA (2015-2018) relates solely to engagements at the Festival.

The Independent Theatre Agreement (ITA) is similar to the CTA but this agreement is used for professional theatre companies which are not members of PACT.

In order to bring the ITA more into concordance with the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA), the new 2015-2018 ITA includes basic material changes that are in effect as of January 4, 2016. Click here for more information.

Engagement Policies

Please note: Equity's Canadian Dance Policy and Guest Artist Policy have now been combined, along with new terms and conditions for independent opera engagements, into the Dance Opera Theatre (DOT) Policy. Terms of engagement for dance and theatre have also been updated and the DOT Policy includes new provisions for academic engagements in the theatre. See further details here. Questions about the DOT Policy may be directed to busrep@caea.com or by phone to Equity's National Office.

The Artists' Collective Policy is ideal for those collaborative productions where there is no guarantee of any fees and instead there is an agreement to share revenues, including box office proceeds. The Collective may be made up of individuals or a group of individuals which may or may not operate under a "company" name. Revenues may be shared in any way that is agreeable to the participants and that reflects their individual contribution to the project.

The Dance • Opera • Theatre (DOT) Policy combines the terms and conditions of the (former) Guest Artist Policy and the Canadian Dance Policy, and includes new conditions for small-scale opera engagements. It also outlines how to engage Equity members at educational institutions. Provisions common to engagements across all three types of work appear upfront, and there is a separate schedule for each speciality at the end of the Policy. These schedules address necessary rehearsal hour differences and provide a list of appropriate rates.
The Festival Policy enables members, collectives and independent producers to participate and showcase artistic activities in a festival setting.

The Guidelines for Benefits and Fundraisers allows members to give of their time for a reduced fee to fundraising for theatres and other charitable causes.

The INDIE 2.1 provides for a decision-making process based on the needs of the individual artists participating and the requirements of a production. It has two weekly fee options, including one for revenue sharing, and provides for touring. Theatres that have previously operated under the Guest Artist Policy or ITA, but meet the theatre and production requirements, will be eligible to operate under the INDIE 2.1. All artists working in categories within Equity's jurisdiction are contracted under the INDIE 2.0, regardless of membership status.

The Industrial Shows Policy amendments to the ITA applies to a live promotional production to the public, or productions by a corporate entity, or presented in a corporate (non-traditional) setting.

Dance
The Alberta Ballet Agreement is negotiated between Equity and the Alberta Ballet.

The Canadian Ballet Agreement with the National Ballet of Canada is negotiated between Equity and the NBC.

The Canadian Ballet Agreement with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is negotiated between Equity and the RWB.

Opera
The Canadian Opera Agreement (COA) is negotiated between Equity and the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto). The 2013-2016 Canadian Opera Agreement took effect July 1, 2013 and extends to June 30, 2016.

The Opera Producers Agreement (OPA) is negotiated between Equity and Calgary Opera Association, Edmonton Opera Association, Manitoba Opera Association, Opera Hamilton Inc., Opera Lyra Ottawa, Pacific Opera Victoria and Opera Atelier. The 2013-2016 Opera Agreement took effect July 1, 2013 and extends to June 30, 2016.

The Vancouver Opera Agreement (VOA) is negotiated between Equity and Vancouver Opera Association.

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