Equity member performers, stage managers, directors, choreographers, singers, dancers and fight directors are professional artists, having made a career commitment to their craft. Membership in Equity is a symbol of that commitment.
Rights & Responsibilities
- An Equity member has the right to a safe and sanitary workplace.
- An Equity member has the right to a harassment-free working environment where physical and verbal abuse are not tolerated.
- An Equity member has the right to be treated with courtesy and respect.
- An Equity member has the right to be paid no less than the negotiated minimum fee for an engagement, and to be free to negotiate a higher fee.
- An Equity member has the right to rest breaks, meal breaks, and overnight breaks.
Members enjoy these rights today because members before them believed in these principles and fought for these rights which must be upheld by the membership as a whole.
Members of Equity are expected to act in a professional manner, and adhere to certain principles and abide by the requirements of Equity's Constitution and Bylaws.
Important note: An Equity member must be in good standing when working under an Equity engagement contract ("basic dues paid to" date stated on the front of each membership card). A member must also be in good standing at the time when making an insurance claim or risk having their claim denied.
Equity members must only rehearse, perform, stage manage, direct or choreograph when working in live performance, with or without pay, having signed an Equity engagement contract or with the written permission of Equity
An Equity member must be a professional; do the best job possible, be on time for all rehearsals and the scheduled half-hour, observe all reasonable company/management rules, and treat fellow artists with courtesy and respect
Basic membership dues are $180 per year. Members are invoiced for $90 on May 1st and November 1st. There is a three month grace period after each billing date in which dues can be paid before incurring a $10 overdue fee. However, a member under contract must remit any dues payment immediately and remain in "good standing" throughout the duration of the contract, or prior to signing an Equity contract, whichever comes first (bylaw 90(b) of Equity's Constitution and Bylaws).
Further information regarding dues and payments is available by email to Equity's Membership Administrator at email@example.com or by telephone at 1-800-387-1856 (416-867-9165 in Toronto).
This feature allows members to log in to EQUITYONLINE and securely pay dues in a few simple clicks. To pay your dues online, log in and click 'Pay Equity Dues Online'.
Select Canadian Actors' Equity Association (may be listed under Ontario) as a bill payee on your banking institution's website. Equity members should use their member number as their account number. Once Equity is registered as a bill, payment may be initiated.
Overdue fees are applied every August 1, November 1, February 1, and May 1 to all unpaid accounts.
For accounts not paid before the end of the first three month grace period a $10 overdue fee is applied. Another $10 overdue fee is applied to accounts not paid within six months. After nine months another $10 overdue fee applies. After one year of non-payment a member's account will be assessed a $25 reinstatement fee.
The privilege of Dues Remission status as outlined in the Association's Constitution and Bylaws exempts a member from the requirement to pay annual basic dues. The member must meet the criteria outlined below in order to be entitled to dues remission status.
Performers, stage managers, directors, choreographers and fight directors, age 65 or over, are eligible for basic dues remission if they have been a member of Equity for more than 10 years and are in good standing with the Association. Ballet dancers are eligible for dues remission at age 45, and opera singers are eligible for basic dues remission at age 55.
Dues remission is not automatic nor is it required. Members must apply to the Association in writing to request dues remission status. Members on dues remission will continue to pay working dues when engaged under an Equity contract.
For more information, email Equity's Membership Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members who will not be working in Equity’s jurisdiction for at least one year may temporarily withdraw from active membership status. Withdrawn members may not vote in ratifications, elections, referenda or attend any Equity meetings. Any dues owing at the time of withdrawal will be payable before reinstating.
Application for membership withdrawal should be addressed to the Executive Director and must be made in writing, by post or email (email@example.com). Applications for withdrawal sent by email will only be accepted provided the email address from which application is sent matches the member's email address on file in Equity's records.
Members also pay 2.25% working dues, deducted at source, when working under an Equity contract. Engagers deduct working dues from a member's weekly fee (along with other benefit payments as applicable) and remits this directly to Equity on behalf of the Artist.