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Equity Concludes CTA Negotiations with PACT, Ratification Scheduled

Canadian Theatre Agreement June 3, 2024 - Equity is pleased to announce a successful conclusion to CTA negotiations with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).

The proposed changes include significant improvements in the areas of work-life balance for Stage Managers, inclusive language, and considerable increases to fees, particularly for directors and choreographers.

Ratification of the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) is scheduled for June 6 - 21, 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.
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Happy Pride Month!

Happy Pride June 1, 2024 - June marks the beginning of Pride Month, a time to celebrate the vibrant history, culture, and contributions of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, especially artists and live performers! Pride is an opportunity to commemorate the continued fight towards equality, and come together for a celebration of diversity, acceptance, and love.
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Website Access Affected - Friday May 31

Due to a scheduled server update, website access may be intermittent between approximately 8:00 pm, Friday, May 31, until 7:00 am, Saturday, June 1. Please check back at a later time. Thank you for your patience!

2024 Equity Council Survey Results

May 29, 2024 - Earlier this year, Equity Council invited the membership to participate in answering a survey on a range of issues that were being discussed by the Association’s leadership. More than 1,300 members responded, and we thank you all for your participation and interest in guiding the work of your Association!

View the report here.

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Member Login Unavailable - Saturday May 25

Due to a scheduled server update, Member login may be temporarily unavailable until approximately 3 pm EST on Saturday, May 25th. Please try logging in again at a later time. Thank you for your patience!

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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Member Login Unavailable - Saturday May 18

Due to a scheduled server update, Member login may be temporarily unavailable from approximately 7 am - 3 pm EST on Saturday, May 18th. Please try logging in again at a later time. Thank you for your patience!

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.

The best part is, you’ll now be able to manage your preferences to ensure you get the notices that matter to you!

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!

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International Dance Day

International Dance Day April 29, 2024 -  Happy International Dance Day!
Today, we join the global community in commemorating the rich artistry created through the movement, expression, and emotion of dance. We recognize and celebrate all those who contribute to the art form of dance and have chosen to make dance their profession. Thank you for the passion and dedication you bring to your art and our stages!

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Member Login Unavailable - Saturday April 20

Due to a scheduled server update, member login may be unavailable on Saturday April 20th from approximately 7 am - 4 pm EST. Please try logging in again at a later time.

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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...

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.

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Happy World Theatre Day!

World Theatre Day March 27, 2024 - March 27th is World Theatre Day, a day to celebrate and promote the art of live performance and the work of artists, professionals, organizations, and audiences that bring it to life.


This year, World Theatre Day is also an opportunity to build awareness of the current realities of our industry and to promote the vital role of theatre in our society. The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is placing an urgent call to action for Canadians to re-engage and support their local companies. Join the call by using #RallyForTheatre, #GoSeeAShow and #WorldTheatreDay on social media to share your stories and favourite theatre experiences.
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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.
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Website Outage - Friday March 22

Due to a server update, Equity's website will be offline on Friday, March 22nd from approximately 9 pm - 12 am EST. Member login may be temporarily unavailable until early Saturday morning. Please try logging in again at a later time. Thank you for your patience!

Celebrate World Theatre Day for Children & Youth!

World Theatre Day for Children & Youth March 20, 2024 - Happy World Theatre Day for Children & Youth, also known as Take A Child to the Theatre Day! Ahead of World Theatre Day next week, today is dedicated to introducing young audiences to the world of live performance, advocating for children's right to theatre and art, and celebrating the young artists already making their mark in our industry.

Learn more about the Take A Child to the Theatre campaign and other initiatives for children & youth in theatre at assitej-international.org

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Member Login Unavailable - Saturday March 16

Due to a scheduled server update, member login may be unavailable on Saturday February 24th from approximately 7 am - 4 pm EST. Please try logging in again at a later time.

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Canada Council for the Arts 2024 Annual Public Meeting

Canada Council logo March 13, 2024 - As arts workers in Canada, it's important to stay informed and updated about the work of funding organizations like Canada Council, whose initiatives and grant programs help to support our industry.

Equity members are encouraged to attend the upcoming Canada Council Annual Public Meeting, taking place on Wednesday, March 27th at 4:00 pm EST.

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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.”

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day March 8th is International Women's Day (IWD), a day to celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions of women around the world and in the live performance industry!

Originating as a labour movement in the early 1900s, IWD calls for community and collective action in the fight for equality by breaking down barriers, challenging stereotypes, and creating environments where all women are valued and respected. Read more...

Member Login Unavailable - Saturday February 24

Due to a scheduled server update, member login may be unavailable on Saturday February 24th from approximately 7 am - 4 pm EST. Please try logging in again at a later time.

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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%.
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Upcoming Telephone Outage - February 8

Equity's phone system at the National Office will be offline on Thursday, February 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm ET for scheduled maintenance. In the case of an emergency, please email info@caea.com or contact the HAVEN Helpline at 1-855-201-7823. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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...

Black History Month

Black History Month February is Black History Month! This time is an opportunity to spotlight the outstanding contributions of Black artists and enrich our knowledge of Black History.

Celebrate Black History Month by learning more about organizations working to support and promote Black artists and art across the country: Read more...

Equity Concludes Negotiations with Second City, Ratification Scheduled

ESCA Negotiations Concluded 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.
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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.

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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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Workplace Accessibility Awareness as Part of e-Drive Audition Notices

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.

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Happy International Choreographers Day!

International Choreographers Day January 9th marks International Choreographers Day! Today we celebrate the hard work and incredible talent of choreographers, and thank them for the dedication and artistry they contribute to bringing art to life. In honour of this year's International Choreographers Day, we've invited a few Equity choreographers to share what this day and choreography means to them. Read more...

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.