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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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