Equity’s Mental Health & Wellness Program

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    To improve the emotional wellbeing of members, Equity has once again partnered with LifeWorks (already familiar to membership as our existing online platform supporting wellbeing), to provide a short-term customized Mental Health & Wellness assistance program geared to mental, financial, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

    All members in good standing can access the program here.

  • 2022-2025 Les Grands Ballets Agreement Now Available

  • OPADecember 9, 2022 - Equity is pleased to announce that the 2022-2025 Les Grands Ballets Agreement (LGBA) is now available for download here.

    The revised terms and conditions, in effect as of July 1, 2022, include valuable additions to health and safety standards as well as minimum fee increases of 2% in each year of the Agreement and a 2% increase to all other monetary amounts. Read more...

  • Please Join us for Self-tape Success Take 2!

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    December 9, 2022 - Equity invites you to join us online on Monday, December 12th at 1:00 p.m. ET for Self-tape Success Take 2! We all know the traditional casting process has been thrown into an online, digital workflow.

    This Q & A will answer all your technical questions on equipment, set-ups, and file sharing that will help you look and sound your best without breaking your budget. To attend, please register here.

  • 2022-2025 Canadian Opera Agreement Now Available

  • OPADecember 6, 2022 - Equity is pleased to announce that the 2022-2025 Canadian Opera Agreement (COA) is now available for download here.

    The revised terms and conditions, in effect as of July 1, 2022, demonstrate significant improvements in the areas of fees, safety, and scheduling, as well as a stronger commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the industry. Read more...

  • Updated COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines & Protocols Now Available

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    December 6, 2022 - While the worst of the pandemic appears to have passed, it is important to acknowledge that COVID-19 will continue to be present in our communities for the foreseeable future. As such, we are pleased to share an updated version of our COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines & Protocols.

    For any questions about the workplace application of these protocols, email an Equity Business Representative at busrep@caea.comRead more...

  • 2022 NAGM Recording Available

  • 2022 NAGMWe are pleased to announce that a recording of the 2022 National Annual General Meeting (NAGM) is now available here

    If you missed this year's NAGM, we hope you enjoy watching the video and learning about what plans your Association and its Council have been working on! 

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  • EDIB WorkshopDecember 3, 2022 - Each year we commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3rd. The theme for this year’s IDPD is innovation and transformative solutions for inclusive development.

    Celebrate IDPD this year by checking out the resources made available by Tangled Art + DisabilityRead more...

  • 2022 Equity Honours Video Presentation Now Available

  • EDIB WorkshopDecember 2, 2022 - Join us in congratulating the recipients of the 2022 Honours Awards with a special video presentation!

    For nearly 50 years, the Equity Honours have recognized members and other industry professionals, acknowledging their outstanding contributions to our industry, our Association, and our craft. While we can’t be together in-person to celebrate these wonderful artists, we are ecstatic to be able to celebrate them, nonetheless. Read more...

  • Equity Welcomes Ron Kennell to Council

  • EDIB WorkshopDecember 1, 2022 - Equity is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Kennell to Equity Council as a representative of the Ontario region. An Equity member for nearly 30 years, Ron is a performer and director working in theatre, film, TV, video games and commercials.

    His appointment comes following Ruby Joy’s decision to resign, having recently accepted a position with ACTRA as a National Advisor.

    Please join us in welcoming Ron to Equity Council and feel free to reach out to him at ronk@caea.comRead more...

  • Considering Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Recording Now Available

  • EDIB WorkshopNovember 29, 2022 - We are pleased to announce that a recording of Considering Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) in Your Work, a workshop designed to help both artists and engagers understand the importance of valuing EDIB in creating and producing cultural work, is now available.

    Visit our youtube channel to check out this video and other workshops in our professional development series. Read more...

  • 2022 Equity Office Holiday Closure

  • 2022 Holiday Office ClosureNovember 28, 2022 - This holiday season is an opportunity to reflect on the remarkable resilience and perseverance of our membership. On behalf of Equity staff, we sincerely wish our members a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to what 2023 has to bring!. 

    Please be advised, Equity offices will be closed from Thursday, December 21, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. local time (Toronto and Vancouver), re-opening Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. local time. Read more...

  • Equity's Agreement Negotiations & Engagement Policies Under Review in 2023.

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    November 22, 2022 - Following a very busy year of bargaining that included the renegotiation of six agreements and updating of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy, the negotiation schedule for 2023 is already shaping up. 

    Equity members who have worked under an agreement or policy listed below are encouraged to contribute to the negotiation or review process. Your experience working under these agreements is invaluable to the negotiation process in determining what advancements are needed. Read more...

  • Equity Concludes Negotiations with the Vancouver Opera, Ratification Commences

  • OPANovember 14, 2022 - Equity is pleased to announce a successful conclusion to negotiations with the Vancouver Opera. Ratification of the Vancouver Opera Agreement (VOA) will commence November 21, 2022 for all Equity members eligible to vote on the proposed changes.

    Information on this ratification vote will be available at www.caea.com (members only) once the ratification period commences. The deadline to vote is December 12, 2022 at noon PT. Read more...

  • Notice of Bylaw Update – October 2022

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    November 7, 2022 - At its online meeting on October 31, 2022, Council amended Bylaw 39 and 40. These amendments came at the recommendation of a Council working group recently struck to consider the qualification requirements for dues remission under Equity’s Constitution & Bylaws. Read more...

  • Equity Stands in Solidarity with CUPE Ontario

  • November 4, 2022 - Equity believes in the right of all workers to bargain collectively for fair wages and working conditions. We stand in solidarity with @CUPEOntario and other Canadian labour organizations in their condemnation of the Ontario government’s attack on their constitutional rights.

  • 2022-2025 Opera Agreement Now Available

  • OPAOctober 28, 2022 - Equity is pleased to announce that the 2022-2025 Opera Agreement (OPA) is now available for download here.

    The revised terms and conditions, in effect as of July 1, 2022, demonstrate improvements in the areas of fees, safety, stage management, diverse representation under the OPA and more. Read more...

  • 2022-2023 National Ballet of Canada Agreement Now Available

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    October 27, 2022 - Equity is pleased to announce that the 2022-2023 National Ballet of Canada Agreement (NBCA) is now available online. Download a copy of the agreement here.

    The decision was made to extend the previous agreement one more year with a 2% increase to all weekly fees as well as increased fees for Apprentice Dancers. Read more...

  • Notice Regarding Compass Artist Management

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    October 26, 2022 - Equity is aware of the recent reports regarding Compass Artist Management’s failure to pay their clients. So far, we’ve had no complaints from members regarding this matter for work under Equity’s jurisdiction, but in the event that there are outstanding fees owed by Compass on Equity contracts, please let us know.


  • Announcing the Equity Honours 2022 Honorees

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    October 18, 2022 - Equity is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Honours Awards! The Honours Awards recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of Equity members and other artists in our industry. 

    To learn more about the recipients and the EQ Honours Awards, click here.

  • Equity Receives Funding Through the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund

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    August 31, 2022 - Equity is pleased to announce that the Association is the recipient of funding for two activities under the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund (CPAWRF) provided by Canadian Heritage as part of its 2022-2023 budget. Read more... 

  • Extension to Filing Fees Expiration Period

  • August 9, 2022 - Acknowledging the impact of the global pandemic and subsequent shutdown of the live performance industry, Equity will exclude the period of time from March 2020 to March 2022 in determining the three-year expiration date for filing fees credited towards the initiation fee, as per Bylaw 21 (A). Read more here.

  • Equity Contracts Reminder

  • July 28, 2022 - A friendly reminder to all Equity members and industry partners that Equity’s contracts were designed to be filled and signed using the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, available here for download. Read more here.

  • Drabinsky Do Not Work Notice

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    July 20, 2022 - Embroiled in a legal dispute with producer Garth Drabinsky over failure to meet his obligations on the project Paradise Square, as well as allegations of bullying, American Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) has added Mr. Drabinsky’s name to their “Do Not Work” list. Read more... 

  • Equity Supports ACTRA Performers Working in Commercials

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    July 8, 2022 - As the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) continues its labour dispute with the Institute of Canadian Agencies (ICA), Equity calls on our members to stand in solidarity with your fellow Canadian artists in their efforts to secure fair and equitable wages and working conditions for their work in commercials across the country. Read more here.

  • COVID-19 Relief Funding Now Available for Artists in the Live Performing Arts Sector

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    Direct financial assistance is now available to support all of Equity's disciplines through several organizations dispersing funding from the provided by Canadian Heritage.  more…

  • Equity Announces Updated Service Standards Policy and Feedback Form

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    June 9, 2022 - Equity is proud to announce the release of an updated Service Standards Policy, detailing Equity’s continuing commitment to deliver optimum service to members and others who interact with the Association. In addition, a new, easy to use, online submission form is now available for members to provide instant feedback on their experience with Equity.


  • Member Discounts Through Union Savings

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    Who doesn't like paying less?! Equity is very happy to announce a newly updated Members' Advantage Program partnership with Union Savings. As a member of Equity, you and your family can enjoy exclusive discounts on a wide range of products and services through Union Savings, including Auto, Electronics, Entertainment, Fashion, Financial, Home, Insurance, Travel, Wellness, and more! Members can register here.

  • Equity's Position on COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements in the Workplace

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    Since COVID-19 vaccines became available, Equity's position has been and remains that all members should be vaccinated to ensure that the live performance industry returns to stability, except for those who have a verifiable medication condition or religious exemption based on a prohibited ground in human rights legislation.  more…