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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.


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 (2012-2015) relates solely to engagements at the Festival.

The 2015-2018 Stratform Festival Addendum is currently up for ratification by the Equity membership. The ratification document can be viewed by Equity members in good standing below:

The Independent Theatre Agreement (ITA) has been extended to 2015. Its layout is similar to the CTA but this agreement is used for professional theatre companies which are not members of PACT. The ITA minimum fees apply from June 25, 2012 to June 28, 2015.

In order to bring the ITA more into concordance with the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA), the new 2015-2018 ITA will include basic material changes that will come into effect January 4, 2016. click here for more information. The ITA minimum fees took effect June 29, 2015.

Engagement Policies
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 Festival Policy enables members, collectives and independent producers to participate and showcase artistic activities in a festival setting.

The Guest Artist Policy is the instrument by which a member of Equity may be engaged to appear in non- or semi-professional productions (as defined by Equity). The 2014-2015 Guest Artist Policy Extension is in effect until September 6, 2015.
The two-tiered minimum fee structure is essentially a simplified form of the company category calculation. The first tier of minimum fees applies to engagements engaged in productions which are presented in a venue of less than 300 seats and with a ticket price that does not exceed $30. The second tier of minimum fees, reflecting a 30% premium, would apply if either the capacity of the venue in which the production will be presented is 300 seats or more, or the ticket price is $30 or more.

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.

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.

The Canadian Dance Policy (2014-2015 Extension) is the instrument by which an Artist who is a member of Equity may be engaged for short-term engagements in independent dance productions, for season length engagements with dance companies not currently adhered to a fully professional agreement, or for engagements under other non-traditional models depending on the circumstances.

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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