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Equity has responded to the Ontario Ministry of Labour's 'Changing Workplaces Review - Special Advisors' Interim Report' with a set of recommendations on how the Province can strengthen the Ontario Labour Relations Act with respect to Arts workers in Ontario. Click here to read Equity's submission.

A new report released by the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, and the Canadian Arts Coalition examines federal arts and culture sector funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

In 2015, with the help of members across Canada, we launched the Equity Census, a ground-breaking project, which gathered demographic information relating to age, culture and ethnicity, diverse ability, and gender and sexual identity. In November 2016, Equity engaged R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd, the Canadian research firm who assisted with the Equity Census, to reach out to members who were not able to participate in the Equity Census.

The Minister of Canadian Heritage is holding public and stakeholder online consultations on the theme of "Canadian Content in a Digital World." Have your say - provide your input by the NOVEMBER 25TH deadline. In order to reinforce some key points and provide ideas that may augment your submission, Equity has prepared a resource document here.

After nationwide member consultation, and due to the participation rates that were well below expectations, the DentalCare and VisionCare discount programs will be cancelled as of January 1, 2017.
Too few members have found the discount Network advantageous for the significant cost of program delivery. Equity members in good standing may continue to use the DentalCare and VisionCare Network, including signing up for first time benefits, until December 31, 2016.

Equity's Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan and Senior Projects Manager Kristian Clarke are joining together with arts advocates from across the country to make the arts and culture industry a top government priority.

After consultation with the membership and specific outreach to those members who worked under the INDIE 2.1, Equity is pleased to launch the new INDIE 2.2.

Equity members please note: in January 2016, ACE Limited acquired the Chubb Corporation. The insurance company now operates under the Chubb name. Members should experience no substantive change to Equity's insurance policies or claims process resulting from the change of ownership.

Five major Ballet companies from across the globe, including the National Ballet of Canada, will be broadcasting live on October 4, 2016, to celebrate World Ballet Day. Visit the World Ballet Day website or visit National Ballet of Canada on Facebook for live streaming on October 4.

September 30, 2016: Equity is pleased to announce that the updated INDIE 2.2, Artists' Collective Policy and Festival Policy are now available online.

The 21st Congress of the International Federation of Actors opens tomorrow in São Paulo, Brazil. Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan and First Vice-President Stephen Erickson are already in Brazil attending regional working group and Executive Committee meetings.

2016-2019 Canadian Opera Agreement (COA) and the 2016-2019 Opera Agreement (OPA) were ratified by the eligible Equity membership in a vote which concluded on September 8, 2016.

Equity advocates for traditional legislative and tax measures. Branding Canada Through the Live Performing Arts also proposes that the live performance industry be included in the global conversation about the value of what it means to be Canadian on the international stage.

In the fall of 2015 Equity appeared before the Ontario Changing Workplaces review panel. An Interim Report has been released identifying a range of options to better protect workers.

EQ magazine's exclusive interview with Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, on how the Liberal government plans to follow through on its commitment to increased funding for arts and culture.

Recently negotiated changes for the 2016-2019 National Ballet of Canada Agreement (NBCA) were ratified by the eligible Equity membership in a mail-only vote which concluded July 28, 2016.

Recently negotiated changes to the 2015-2018 National Arts Centre Special Events Agreement (NACSEA) were ratified by the eligible Equity membership in a mail-only vote which concluded on June 1, 2016. Members voted 100% in support of the proposed changes. The voting return rate was 30.0%.

Equity's Western Office moved to a new Vancouver location on June 1, 2016. The new Western Office address is be 1316-750 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J3.

Deadline: May 27, 2016. Help Equity make live performing arts a National priority. The Minister of Canadian Heritage is beginning public and stakeholder online consultations on the theme of Strengthening Canadian Content Creation, Discovery and Export in a Digital World. Click here to help.

Friday May 13 was the last day for Equity members to provide input on Ontario's Draft Culture Strategy. Equity members responded in large numbers, and Equity's Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan has also submitted a response which can be viewed here. Thank you to all members who submitted a response.

April 1, 2016 marks 40 years since Canadian Actors' Equity Association's amicable separation from AEA (U.S.) and 60 years that we have existed in Canada. Our anniversary presents a fantastic opportunity in which to mark our Canadian heritage and modernize our look.

On Monday, February 22, Equity held its 40th Anniversary Honours Awards Celebration.
Equity and PACT share a commitment to promoting equal engagement opportunities and reflecting the full diversity of Canadian society in our theatres and on our stages. We are collaborating in collecting demographic information about all Artists engaged under the CTA.

The first budget of the new federal Government was tabled in the House of Commons by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 22. The fiscal blueprint delivers on many of the arts and culture promises included in the Liberal party election platform.

On February 1, 2016 the organization previously known as the Actors' Fund of Canada announced their rebranding as The AFC.

On Monday, February 22, Equity held its National AGM in Toronto, ON. Written reports and video presentations from the National AGM are now available here.

Equity is encouraged that our members, engagers, the live performance industry, and the public are interested in examining practices relating to ALL forms of diversity. Click here for Global News coverage and video.

The new DOT (Dance • Opera • Theatre) Policy combines the terms and conditions of the Guest Artist Policy, the Canadian Dance Policy, adds new conditions for small-scale opera engagements, and outlines how to engage Equity members at educational institutions.
A searchable, printable and downloadable version of the new 2015-2018 ITA is now available here. The new material terms of the ITA came into effect as of January 4, 2016.
Equity continues to advocate for the arts and culture sector by communicating the needs of our members to policy-makers at all levels of government. Most recently, Equity has presented two Ontario ministries with recommendations to strengthen the arts and culture sector.
A searchable, printable and downloadable version of the new 2015-2018 CTA is now available here. The material terms of the 2015-2018 CTA are in effect from June 29, 2015 to June 24, 2018.
The newly elected Councillors took office at the first meeting of Equity's incoming Council, November 29 to December 1, 2015 in Toronto. Contact information is now available here.
The Swearing-In Ceremony of Canada's 23rd Prime Minister and Cabinet took place on November 4, 2015. Click here to continue reading.
The Equity membership has elected new Councillors for the 2015-2018 Council term. The newly elected Councillors took office at the first meeting of Equity's incoming Council, November 29 to December 1, 2015 in Toronto. Links: Elected Councillors / Vote count return / Equiflash announcement - October 30, 2015.
Equity has been active throughout the 2015 Federal election campaign. On this page, you will find information about federal issues of concern, media coverage on Arts & Culture issues and pertinent editorial commentary. Vote Arts & Culture!
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.
All information for the 2015 Equity Council Elections is now available here: Candidate statements and Council election FAQs.
The 2015-2018 election nomination period is closed and a complete record of nominated candidates is listed here.
Equity's Canadian Dance Policy and Guest Artist Policy are extended to Sunday, January 3, 2016. The current terms of the Canadian Dance and Guest Artist policies will remain in force for the extension period.
Equity's CTA and ITA fee calculators, created to assist members and agents in calculating their contractual fees, applicable deductions and HST/GST, are now complete.
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.

New fees for the Independent Theatre Agreement (ITA) came into effect June 29, 2015. Please contact Equity for more information regarding anticipated changes for the 2016-2018 ITA.
ACTRA and Equity have begun preliminary discussions in a small Joint Committee of our respective Councillors on the possibility of a closer organizational relationship.
Recently negotiated changes to the 2015-2018 Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) were ratified by the eligible Equity membership in an Internet and telephone vote which concluded on June 18, 2015.
Members voted 95.5% in support of the proposed changes.
Kristian Clarke, Equity's Senior Projects Manager, is pleased to share his experiences in attending the FIA conference in June. Click here to continue reading.
Equity has received the same information from Vancouver Opera as did the public earlier today (June 16). We will work with representatives from Vancouver Opera to determine what effect the programming changes will have on the Equity membership. At this early date we don't know what the ramifications will be for the Equity members working at the Opera and it may take some time before we see the impact of the new festival model.
On June 4, 2015, for only the second time in its history, FIA affiliates gather for a four-day international conference solely dedicated to live performance issues. Read more about FIA's survey and status report on live performance.
Equity recently presented its Country Report at the FIA Live Performance Conference in Dublin. The report is available here.
The Equity Census is closed as of 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 25. Thank you to all members who participated - contributing to a 55.3% response rate. A grand total of 3,126 Equity members took the CENSUS! Equity Census information page (archival reference only)
Equity members are invited to meet with Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan, Director of Business Rep. Services Keith Davidson, Business Representative Alistair Hepburn, local Council representatives and members of the CTA negotiating team (as available), for an update on proposed changes to 2015-2018 CTA and other issues of interest to members.
Equity and PACT announce that bargaining for the 2015 - 2018 Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) has successfully concluded. The negotiated changes to the Agreement will soon be sent to each association's respective membership for ratification.

The Guest Artist Policy is one of the most highly used of all of Equity's policies and provides hundreds of work weeks for the membership. As part of the ongoing review of all of Equity's agreements and policies, the time has come for a thorough review of the Guest Artist Policy. Member input is wanted in this process. NEW SUGGESTION DEADLINE: April 17, 2015.

Equity is delighted to announce that Kristian Clarke, former CARFAC Ontario Executive Director, will be joining Equity as the new Senior Projects Manager.
Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan stated "We are delighted to have someone of Kristian's calibre and experience join our staff. His demonstrated commitment to the arts community is laudable and we look forward to him bringing his organizational skills to this job and to Equity."
The Senior Projects Manager will initiate and implement projects for enhanced member service. Upcoming activities include harassment outreach and diversity/inclusion-related initiatives.

The Canadian Theatre agreement is set to expire June 28, 2015. Negotiations between Equity and PACT began in February 2015. Voting on the negotiated changes will commence as soon as possible after the conclusion of negotiations.
Life and Regular Equity members, in good standing and who were engaged under the CTA or another theatre agreement or policy *NEW* (Artists' Collective Policy and Festival Policy excepted) since June 29, 2009, will be automatically enumerated to vote.
Life and Regular Equity members in good standing but who are not eligible for automatic enumeration, were able to register to vote on the upcomping CTA ratification until midnight on April 2, 2015.

Thank you very much to all those who took part in our recent national survey on Safe and Respectful Workplaces. Now that the survey results are in, Equity Council has put together a preliminary overview of the key survey findings. Read the Spring 2015 Council Link for more information.

Equity's National AGM was held on February 23, 2015. The Council President and Executive Director reports are now available in video and written format here.

The Banff Centre Agreement and the National Arts Centre Music Department Agreement were ratifited in ballot counts held on February 12, 2015. Links: Banff and NACMDA

At its meeting of January 26, 2015, Council approved a bylaw change. Click here to learn more.

Equity members are encouraged to contribute to the development, negotiation, review and revision of agreements and policies.

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