HAVEN Online Now Available

  • World Theatre Day March 27, 2024 - Equity is pleased to announce the launch of HAVEN Online, a resource hub and online reporting platform for incidents of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. Artists working on an Equity contract can use the HAVEN Online form to share information confidentially or anonymously with the Association, and request follow-up assistance from an Equity Respectful Workplace Advisor, if needed.


  • Equity Second City Agreement Ratified

  • Equity Second City Agreement Ratified February 22, 2024 - Equity is pleased to announce the ratification of the Equity Second City Agreement (ESCA). The ratified terms will take effect immediately, retroactive to January 2, 2023, and will remain in place until January 4, 2026.

    Eligible members of Equity voted 100% in support of the proposed changes with a voting return rate of 74%.

  • Equity's Agreement Negotiations & Engagement Policies Under Review in 2024

  • EquityDecember 7, 2023 - Last year saw the successful negotiation of agreements with the National Ballet of Canada, Alberta Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Second City, as well as the introduction of the Senior Artist Program. 2024 will be focused on the renegotiation of the Canadian Theatre Agreement and the Stratford Addendum to the CTA. 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.


  • Equity Launches Member Orientation Session

  • MosEquity is excited to announce the launch of its new Member Orientation Session. The two-hour course is meant to provide participants with an understanding of Equity’s core responsibilities, an overview of how collective agreements work, a summary of their benefits, and an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as members of the Association. 

    Members can register to attend an upcoming Member Orientation Session by clicking here. Read more...

  • Equity Launches Choreographer Tip Sheet

  • Choreographer Guide May 17, 2024 - Equity is pleased to announce the launch of So You’re a Choreographer Who’s Been Offered a Contract, a handy checklist of important elements to consider when working as a choreographer. The tip sheet, created by Equity’s Directors, Choreographers, Fight Directors, and Intimacy Directors Committee (DCFID), is part of a resource series that will provide guidance for members working in each of the Committee’s disciplines.
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  • Equity Emails Your Way

  • Starting in June, Equity’s subscription service – providing job notices, as well as news about the Association and our industry to 11,000 members and other arts workers across the country – will be moving to a new platform.

    To continue receiving Equity news and job notices, you will need to subscribe to our new service by May 31st. Click here to complete the subscription form, selecting the types of notices you want to receive. As of June 1st, we will only be sending out emails through the new platform – so don’t delay!


  • Equity Launches Director Tip Sheet

  • Director Guide April 5, 2024 - Equity is pleased to announce the launch of So You’re a Director Who’s Been Offered a Contract, a handy checklist of important elements to consider when working as a director. The tip sheet, created by Equity’s Directors, Choreographers, Fight Directors, and Intimacy Directors Committee (DCFID), is the first in a resource series that will provide guidance for members working in each of the Committee’s disciplines.
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  • Equity Launches ACP Tip Sheet & FAQ

  • ACP Guide April 4, 2024 -Equity is pleased to announce the release of a new tip sheet and FAQ for the Artists’ Collective Policy (ACP). A member-driven engagement policy, the ACP is ideal for collaborative productions, promoting group decision making and agreed-upon revenue sharing. Read more...

  • Equity Welcomes Geoff McBride to Council

  • Geoff McBride headshot March 26, 2024 - Equity is pleased to announce the appointment of Geoff McBride to Equity Council, as a representative for Eastern Ontario and Outaouais. Geoff has worked as a performer, director, and staff member at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and played for 10 seasons with A Company of Fools, both in his hometown of Ottawa.

    Geoff's appointment comes following Cassandre Mentor's resignation.

  • Equity Applauds Canada Council Plan to Protect Granting Programs

  • Canada Council logo March 11, 2024 - In an open letter to the arts community, Canada Council for the Arts Director and CEO, Michelle Chawla announced the Council will cut $9.88 million from its budget by 2026-2027 as part of the government-wide Refocusing Government Spending initiative, but assured the arts community that “these savings will not impact the Council’s regular granting programs nor our operating capacity.”


  • Equity and Telus Health Part Ways

  • Haven Helpline

    TELUS Health (formerly LifeWorks) has announced they will no longer provide incident reporting services, confidential counselling, or other support services via the HAVEN Helpline, ending their relationship with Equity as of February 28, 2024. Members will still be able to report incidents of inappropriate behaviour and access counselling through HAVEN Helpline until the contract with TELUS Health expires at the end of the month.

    Equity members are encouraged to report incidents of inappropriate behaviour by email at notinourspace@caea.com and an Equity Respectful Workplace Advisor will follow up. Read more...

  • Equity Council Names New Officers

  • Equity Council New Officers Named

    January 30, 2024 - New Officers have been named at Equity Council's first meeting of the year on January 29. Scott Bellis will serve a fourth term as Equity Council President, with Donna Fletcher (Manitoba & Nunavut Councillor) serving her second term as First Vice-President, Allan Teichman (Ontario Councillor) as Second Vice-President, and Helen Knight (Alberta South Councillor) as Secretary-Treasurer.


  • Equity Welcomes Allan Teichman to Council

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    January 29, 2024 - Equity is pleased to announce the appointment of Allan Teichman to Equity Council, as a representative of the Ontario region. A stage manager with nearly 40 years of experience at the Shaw Festival and around the country, Allan has previously served on Equity Council for 15 years, including 11 as President.
    Allan’s appointment comes following Omar Alex Khan's resignation, citing a need to focus on his work schedule.
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  • Equity Announces A Members' Guide to Being an Equity Liaison

  • A Members' Guide to Being an Equity Liaison January 8, 2024 - Equity is proud to announce the release of A Members' Guide to Being an Equity Liaison, a straightforward introduction to the role of a liaison, and tips to make the job easy and beneficial to everyone.

    Equity members on the Respectful Workplace Task Force and staff collaborated to create this guide. It’s based on experiences we’ve all had. Let us know if you find it helpful – or if we’ve missed anything. We appreciate and welcome corrections and additions. As our industry keeps changing, we will keep updating. You can let us know your thoughts by emailing communications@caea.com.

    The Guide, as well other Liaison resources, can be found here.

  • Updated Contact Information for Equity's Western Office

  • EquityDecember 20, 2023 - Please be advised that Equity’s Western Office has a new phone number. Members and engagers needing assistance for CTA and ITA productions administered by the Western Office can reach our staff by calling 604-809-1046, or via email at woffice@caea.com.
    For Policy engagements, please contact Equity’s National Office at 1-800-387-1856 or info@caea.com.

  • Equity Extends Members’ Insurance Plan with Crawford

  • Crawford InsuranceDecember 19, 2023 - As 2023 comes to a close, Equity has decided to extend the members’ current insurance plan with Crawford & Company for an additional year. While the plan remains essentially the same, some adjustments have been made to improve the plan for 2024.
    Information on the Crawford & Company plan is available on Equity’s website here. An updated FAQ for the members’ insurance plan is available here.


  • Update COVID-19 Guidelines

  • EquityNovember 27, 2023 - In the interest of the health and safety of Artists working under our agreements and engagement policies, and the stability of our industry, Equity has updated our COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines. Read more...

  • Non-union Work is Not Okay

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    November 3, 2023 - ACTRA members are more than 17 months into a lockout that has decimated their work opportunities in the commercial sector. Rather than resolving outstanding issues at the bargaining table, union-busting advertising agencies have opted to produce commercials non-union, while still expecting to hire professional talent. Equity reminds all its members not to work on non-union commercials, in accordance with our reciprocal agreement with ACTRA and more importantly, in solidarity with your fellow artists, whose livelihoods are under threat.

    For more information on the commercial lockout, including a comparison of bargaining proposals, click here.

  • Notice of Bylaw Update - October 2023

  • EquityNovember 2, 2023 - At its two-day in-person meeting on October 22 and 23, 2023, and via a follow-up online vote, Equity Council amended a number of Bylaws related to diversity and inclusivity on Council and throughout the Council election process. Other Bylaws pertaining to the election process, as well as accessibility at Equity meetings were also amended.


  • Equity Launches New D•O•T (Dance•Opera•Theatre) Policy Application Form

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    September 22, 2023 - Equity is pleased to announce a new Dance•Opera•Theatre (DOT) Policy application form. The DOT is Equity’s multidisciplinary engagement Policy under which a member of Equity is able to participate in Dance, Opera and Theatre productions produced by engagers that are not regularly adhered to one of Equity’s negotiated scale agreements.

    Click here to access the DOT Policy. The new DOT Policy Application Form is available here.

  • Equity Launches Senior Artist Program

  • sapSeptember 11, 2023 - Equity is pleased to announce the launch of a new policy, the Senior Artist Program. Designed to address some of the concerns and challenges that many senior artists face as they continue to pursue their work on stage, the Senior Artist Program offers additional contractual flexibility, making it easier to continue working at their craft.

    The Senior Artist Program is available here and the Senior Artist Program FAQ is available here. Read more...

  • Equity Announces The Member Guide to Respectful Workplace

  • rwgMarch 1, 2023 - Equity is proud to announce the release of The Member Guide to Respectful Workplaces, a comprehensive and accessible introduction to all of the resources available through Equity for fostering safe and respectful workplaces – making it easier for artists to understand their rights and where to go for support. 

    Developed by Equity Council’s Safe and Respectful Task Force, the Guide details responsibilities, preventive measures, resolutions and resources to help inform, empower, and support artists, and encourage a workplace free from harm and all forms of inappropriate behaviour. Read more...