Agreements & Policies

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Canadian Opera Agreement

  • Alberta Ballet Canada (logo) The Canadian Opera Agreement (COA) is negotiated between Equity and the Canadian Opera Company (COC). The company is based in Toronto, Ontario. It was founded in1956 and is the largest opera company in Canada and one of the largest producers of opera in North America. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The 2016-2019 COA took effect July 1, 2016 and remains in effect until June 30, 2019.
  • The COA - Categorization of Roles as agreed upon between Equity and the COC is available to download.

D•O•T

  • DOT (logo) The D•O•T (Dance • Opera • Theatre) Policy includes terms and conditions for a range of small-scale dance, opera and theatre engagements. It also outlines how to engage Equity members at educational institutions. Provisions common to engagements across all three types of work appear at the beginning and each specialty genre has a separate schedule for each at the end of the Policy. The Opera Schedule addresses necessary rehearsal hour differences and provides a list of appropriate minimum fees. The D•O•T includes provisions for non-standard engagements, touring, simplified payment options, including direct deposit and email transfer, and recording provisions.   The D•O•T took effect January 4, 2016 and has been extended to Sunday, December 9, 2018. A one percent (1%) increase to minimum fees and other monetary amounts will come into effect on Monday, September 3, 2018.

Opera Agreement

  • Opera The Opera Agreement is a national agreement and applies to engagements with Calgary Opera Association, Edmonton Opera Association, Manitoba Opera Association, Pacific Opera Victoria and Opera Atelier.
    The 2016-2019 Opera Agreement took effect July 1, 2016 and remains in effect until June 30, 2019.
  • The Opera Agreement - Categorization of Roles as agreed upon between Equity and the the engagers who are a party to the Opera Agreemnt is available to download.

Vancouver Opera Agreement

  • Vancouver Opera (logo) The Vancouver Opera Agreement (VOA) is negotiated between Equity and the Vancouver Opera. The company is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was founded in 1958 and is second largest performing arts organization in British Columbia and the largest opera company in western Canada. The 2017-2020 VOA took effect July 1, 2017 and remains in effect until June 30, 2020.
  • The VOA - Categorization of Roles as agreed upon between Equity and Vancouver Opera is available to download.