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%.
December 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 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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and an Equity Respectful Workplace Advisor will follow up. Read more...
January 30, 2024 - Equity is pleased to announce a successful conclusion to negotiations with Second City. Ratification of the Equity Second City Agreement (ESCA) is scheduled for February 8 - 22, 2024 for all Equity members eligible to vote and a complete list of the proposed changes will be available at www.caea.com (members only) once the ratification period commences.
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.
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.
In an effort to promote workplace accessibility awareness in our industry, Equity has added a new requirement for engagers wishing to submit audition notices through our e-Drive system.
As per various provincial requirements for accessibility (known in Ontario as The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), engagers are now required to include information in audition notices indicating if the audition, rehearsal, and performance spaces are each free of physical barriers.
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 email@example.com.
The Guide, as well other Liaison resources, can be found here.
December 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Policy engagements, please contact Equity’s National Office at 1-800-387-1856 or email@example.com.
December 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.
November 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...
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.
November 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.
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.
September 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...
August 17, 2023 - With our industry having undergone so much change over the past few years, it’s more important than ever to understand where members’ work opportunities come from.
Visit this page to view snapshots of Equity contracts and member earnings under dance, opera, and theatre agreements, as well as provincial breakdowns of percentage increases in all Equity contracts and earnings under Equity agreements. Read more...
August 2, 2023 - Equity is thrilled to announce that CultureBrew.Art (CBA) has joined Equity’s Members’ Advantage Program. Indigenous and racialized Equity members can now get access to a promotional code which waives the $25 annual membership fee for one year!
CBA is a digital platform featuring a Canada-wide searchable database of BIPOC artists – actors, dancers, opera singers, directors, choreographers, fight directors, intimacy directors, stage managers, and more! Check out the video testimonials from Stratford Festival, Western Canada Theatre, and fellow Equity members here. Read more...
We are delighted to announce that the nomination period for the 2024 Equity Honours is now open! The Equity Honours recognize the outstanding contributions of members and other industry professionals to our industry, our Association, and our craft.
NEW! We've simplified the nomination process! Visit www.caea.com to submit a nomination and learn more about the awards categories and click here to watch the 2022 Honours Awards presentation.
March 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...
January 12, 2023 - In our continuing efforts to balance member services with suitable safety measures, Equity’s National office has reopened to the public, by appointment only.
As the elevators to the Equity office remain locked, you will need to schedule your visit to the Equity office in advance by email. Please visit the Contact Us section of our website for the list of staff emails. Read more...