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2018-2019 Stratford Addendum Ratified by Membership

Stratford FestivalThe 2018-2019 Stratford Festival Addendum to the CTA was ratified in an online/telephone vote concluding November 15, 2018.

The voting return rate was 31.9%. Regular, Regular-extended and Life members, in good standing who have worked under the 2015-2018 Stratford Addendum were eligible to vote in the ratification. They voted 93.75% in support of the proposed changes.

The current Stratford Addendum material provisions will roll-over for 2018-2019 and minimum fees and other monetary amounts for the term will increase by 2%. Changes come into effect December 1, 2018 and will expire on November 30, 2019.

Minimum fees for the 2018-2019 Stratford Festival Addendum to the CTA will be available as soon as possible.

Benefits and Fundraisers Survey

Benefits and FundraisersEquity is currently reviewing its guidelines governing member participation in Benefits and Fundraisers. A survey has been distributed to a random sample of Equity members. If you have received this survey, please consider completing it prior to the closing date: November 25, 2018.

Facebook Live Discussion: Respectful Workspaces - November 8

Stratford FestivalEquity is excited to be hosting a second live, online moderated conversation between Equity Councillor and 2nd Vice-President, Sedina Fiati, Respectful Workspace Advisor (RWA), Kristian Clarke and Douglas Stewart an HR Specialist. Douglas will be answering questions that have been prepared about Equity's Not In OUR Space! campaign and what it means to maintain a safe working environment for live performance professionals.

If you have a question that you'd like answered, please email notinourspace@caea.com by November 6 at 5:00 p.m. (PT). During the course of the event, participants will be encouraged to send in questions. Please visit the event page to learn more.

In order to take part the event, you will need to:

  1. Login to Equity’s Safe Space Facebook Page 10 minutes before the event takes place (November 8, 12:30 p.m. ET)
  2. Make sure your audio and video settings are on
  3. Click on the red “LIVE”icon that should appear on the left-hand side of the page
  4. Watch, listen and send in comments/question as they arise. We will try and address some of the more common themes towards the end of the session

We look forward to hearing your voice in this important conversation!

2018-2021 Equity Council Election results

Your Voice Your ChoiceCouncil election results (including voter turnout by region) and composition are available here. Election vote tallies are available here.

Welcome to the New CAEA.COM

New Site Equity's newly redesigned and improved website has now officially launched. If you already have www.caea.com bookmarked, no need to change anything to visit the new website. 

New Features Include:

  • A newly-designed DANCE/OPERA/THEATRE menu which will bring you directly to the discipline-oriented information you need
  • Updated I Need Help... resource guiding you to the proper Equity department
  • Updated and simplified e-Drive posting process
  • Enhanced News and EQ magazine sections
  • Improved member profile section and new member features
  • Strengthened security features

Council Focus Survey

Council Focus Survey Council’s agenda and committee structure are largely driven by what we understand to be the most important issues for Equity members. Do you have any community, regional, national or specific discipline issues that you would like Equity to explore? You can access the survey any time up until November 4, at the following link: click here to continue (requires member login). We look forward to hearing from you.

Voting on the Stratford Addendum to the CTA: November 2-15

Stratford FestivalEligible Equity members will vote on the ratification of the 2018-2019 Stratford Festival Addendum to the CTA from November 2 to November 15. Voting instructions have been emailed to eligible members. Please visit the 2018-2019 Stratford Ratification page for more information (member login required).

2018-2021 Equity Council Election results

Your Voice Your ChoiceCouncil election results (including voter turnout by region) and composition are available here. Election vote tallies are available here.

2018-2021 Equity Council Elections - Voting Is Now Closed

Your Voice Your ChoiceThe Equity membership has elected its Councillor representatives for the 2018-2021 Council term. Thank you to all Equity members who cast their vote. The newly elected/appointed Councillors will take office at the first meeting of this term, November 25 to 27. Council election results (including voter turnout by region) and composition are available here. Election vote tallies are available here. Members may still participate in the Council Focus survey (member login required) until November 4th.

Canada Post Rotating Strikes

Council Focus SurveyMembers, please be advised that the current Canada Post rotating strikes may create postal disruptions in your area. To pay your basic dues online, log in and click 'Pay Equity Dues Online'. Click to find out about paying basic dues through tele-banking. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding payments to the National Office.

Urgent Message Regarding Council Election Mailing

Important information regarding the 2018 Equity Council package that was mailed to you on October 1: The package includes a letter from Equity Council President Scott Bellis. Two versions of this letter were created: one for regions with elections and one for regions without elections.

The mailing house has accidentally sent the wrong welcome letter. The mailing house has taken full responsibility for this unfortunate oversight. 

An email with the correct welcome letter has been sent to members in all electoral regions. This will be followed by a telephone call-out.

“Staff is making every effort to reach all the members with the correct information as quickly as possible. If you have received a ballot, it means there is an election in your region and you can go ahead and vote, starting on October 9. Our staff is available to answer any of your questions”, said Council President Scott Bellis.

We share your disappointment in this set-back and are committed to mitigating this and moving forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the office directly at: 1-800-387-1856. You can also email us at: elections@caea.com

Council Elections Voting Instructions Kit Sent Out October 1

As of October 1, voting instructions have been mailed and will soon be delivered to Life, Regular, Regular-Extended Visa members of Equity in good standing in the following electoral regions:

  • BC and Yukon
  • Dance
  • Manitoba and Nunavut
  • Alberta North and NWT
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Stage Management
  • Western Opera

Internet and telephone voting for the 2018-2021 Council term opens OCTOBER 9.


Note: Canada Post has been in contract negotiations with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers since early this year. The union has voted in favour of a strike however negotiations are ongoing. The Canada Labour Code will require either party to provide at least seventy-two hours notice in the event of a strike or lockout. Equity continues to hold out hope for an equitable resolution. We are watching these negotiations very closely and we will advise the Equity membership of any necessary alternative electoral procedures in the case of an interruption in mail service.


If you do not receive your voter information by October 15, please contact Equity's National Office as soon as possible at 1-800-387-1856 (416-867-9165 in Toronto) or email elections@caea.com. Please note that there will be no elections in the regions of Alberta South, Atlantic, Eastern Ontario/Outaouais, Eastern Opera, or Saskatchewan. These regions will acclaim their candidates.

Check Your Membership Status: Only Life, Regular and Regular-Extended Visa members in good standing by the enumeration deadline (October 24) are eligible to vote in the 2018-2021 Council elections. Log in to www.caea.com and view your profile.

Candidates and Election FAQs: Visit www.caea.com and click on the ‘Your Voice, Your Choice' icon for Council Election information and to learn more about the candidates in your region.

Potential Canada Post Service Disruption Because of Strike or Lockout

In case of a interruption in mail service, Equity is provided engagers with alternative payment methods for Equity member basic dues, RRSP and insurance remittances. so that you can remit your payments to us and avoid incurring late payment fees.

2018-2021 Equity Council Candidates

Your Voice Your Choice Candidate statements and video clips for the 2018-2021 Council Elections are available on the Council Elections information page. All-candidate meetings have now been scheduled for a number of electoral regions.

Council Connect - September 2018

Dear fellow members,

A recent Bylaw change has prompted questions from some members. I hope the following provides more context and understanding for the changes recently made. (Please see the Equity Bylaw August 2018 update for background information.)

Since 1982, Council has operated under a system where all Councillors and officers were re-elected every three years. This “clean slate” model took a large toll on continuity of action, and resulted in the loss of a lot of accumulated knowledge. For two terms now, Council has been working to improve both Council and officer succession. We wanted a process by which newly elected Councillors ran for an officer position once they had settled into the task of representing their region.

Last year’s prudent decision of the past Council President to resign early in the term, along with a proposal to explore other ways to address officer succession and continuity, set the stage for a new round of discussion. After considering several options, Council decided that uncoupling the officer terms of service from the Council term – and from each other – was the best route forward. That change was debated and passed unanimously at our last meeting. (Of note: all currently-serving officers abstained from voting to avoid conflict of interest.)

Revisions to Article 110 reduce the term length of Council’s four officer positions (President, First and Second Vice-Presidents, and Secretary-Treasurer) from three years to two. Additionally, this two-year officer term now carries over to the new Council term— for re-elected officers who have served less than two years in the role. This change ensures that institutional knowledge is retained, enables an incoming Council to resume work more quickly, provides mentorship support to newly-elected officers, and affords opportunity for new Councillors to run for office when those two-year terms are up.

As an example, because I became Council President only a year ago, if I am re-elected in the BC & Yukon region, I will retain that position for the first year of the new term of Council, after which Council will hold an election for President. In contrast, our Second Vice-President has served in that role for three years, so Council will elect a new Second VP right at the start of the new term. Any incumbent is free to run again for any vacant officer position.

Some Equity members who support the decrease in officer term length have questioned the decision to implement the practice immediately. The rationale for that choice is simple: had we not instituted the change now – and made it applicable to sitting officers – we would have run into exactly the problem we are trying to avoid… except it would happen every two years, instead of every three. We would still be faced with “clearing the decks” and fewer options for knowledge-transfer or mentorship. But now with shorter and staggered terms, we will see increased opportunities for Councillors to put themselves forward, while improving continuity, succession, and support.

Sometimes the wheels of democracy move slowly. We would have much rather resolved this issue earlier in the term, but due to other pressing business it was not possible until now. (It’s been a busy year for Council and staff.) As the process for officer election does not occur until the new Council convenes in late November, it was deemed worth doing this change now rather than waiting another three years.

I hope this background fills in any blanks regarding our actions in this area. Your elected Council is committed to serving the Equity membership with diligence and integrity. If you have further concerns or questions about this or any other Council business, please get in touch with your regional Councillor. You may also always reach me anytime at president@caea.com.

Wishing you all the very best,

Scott Bellis
Council President

Council Nominations are Now Closed

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Nominations for the 2018-2021 Council elections closed on September 6, 2018. A full list of candidates is available here. Voting will begin in early October. 

Dance Equity Membership Offer Now Over

The Dance Equity membership offer for independent professional dancers has now come to a close. Dancers looking to join the Association or with any questions about the rights and/or obligations of Equity membership should contact Ruth Leggett, Business Representative Manager Ballet & Opera Agreements/Engagement Policies.

The OPEN, a short duration and multi-engagement dance policy, remains available for use by Equity members. It is designed to support the engagement of dance artists working in a diverse range of practices for short-duration performances and activities.

Updated D•O•T (Dance•Opera•Theatre) Policy Now Available Online

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An amended D•O•T (Dance•Opera•Theatre) Policy is now available including updated fee tables. The 2015-2018 D•O•T has been extended to Sunday, December 9, 2018. The extension was necessitated due to unforeseen re-scheduling of multiple dance and opera agreement negotiations and Equity's requirement to re-enter Canadian Theatre Agreement discussions/negotiations beginning Fall 2018.

Minimum fees and other monetary amounts in the D•O•T will increase by 1% (rounded up to the next dollar) as of September 3, 2018 for the 2018-2019 period (September 3, 2018 to September 8, 2019). Please contact a Business Representative regarding any engagements that span September 3, 2018.

D•O•T insurance premiums will increase to $22.00 for Tier 1 engagements, and $32.00 for Tier 2 engagements, in order to bring the Policy in line with the requirements of our insurance provider. This change will also provide the members with increased insurance coverage. The new insurance premium rates come into effect as of September 3, 2018. Any arrangements issued prior to this time will remain in place. Only new engagements will be subject to the new insurance premiums.

Other material terms will remain unchanged for the extension period.

Questions or comments regarding the extension of the D•O•T may be forwarded to Equity at agreements@caea.com, or to Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan. Please ensure that policy suggestions are submitted on or before Friday, November 2, 2018.

Soulpepper Theatre Update

Recent news has broken that the civil lawsuits against Equity member Albert Schultz and Soulpepper Theatre have been resolved outside of court.

It is our sincere hope that the four women complainants are satisfied with the resolution of their lawsuit and the outcome has provided them closure to this difficult situation. Equity commends any artist who comes forward to name a harasser. The live-performance industry as a whole is made stronger when we all stand up for respectful working conditions and workspaces.

The Soulpepper situation has raised some questions from the membership and we would like to provide some answers.

It's important for members to note that while a lawsuit is pending, Equity bears the responsibility of equal representation of parties on both sides of an issue, if they are members of Equity. Additionally, in the case of a lawsuit it is imprudent and unfair to take any action until a finding had been made in the courts.

In the case of no finding, Equity has no grounds to take action against an accused unless the Association’s disciplinary processes is triggered by a member coming and filing a formal harassment complaint.

We would like to remind our members that workplace harassment will not be tolerated by Equity. For many years the culture of our industry included a seemingly unbreakable power structure that allowed certain gate-keeping individuals to exert negative, unwelcome and damaging behaviour toward others with impunity and little consequence. This culture is now changing.

Equity is committed to securing safe respectful workspaces for our members, and for standing up for those who experience otherwise. Mutual respect is a necessary component of our work, and it is our hope to see it become the unbreakable structure we all deserve to work within.

D•O•T Policy Extended to December

Equity's D•O•T (Dance•Opera•Theatre) Policy has been extended to Sunday, December 9, 2018. 

The extension was necessitated due to unforeseen re-scheduling of multiple dance and opera agreement negotiations and Equity's requirement to re-enter Canadian Theatre Agreement discussions/negotiations beginning Fall 2018, occasioned by the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre's rejection of the previously negotiated Agreement. 

Minimum fees and other monetary amounts in the D•O•T will increase by 1% (rounded up to the next dollar) as of September 3, 2018 for the 2018-2019 period (September 3, 2018 to September 8, 2019). Please contact a Business Representative regarding any engagements that span September 3, 2018. 

Material terms will remain unchanged for the extension period. An amended D•O•T Policy, including updated minimum fees, will be available soon. 

Questions or comments regarding the extension of the current D•O•T Policy may be forwarded to Equity at agreements@caea.com, or to Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan (exedir@caea.com). Please ensure that policy suggestions are submitted on or before Friday, November 2, 2018. 

Letter to Mayor John Tory re: Lockout of IATSE 58 at Exhibition Place

On July 24, Equity's Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan wrote a letter to Toronto Mayor John Tory regarding the lockout of members of IATSE Local 58 at Exhibition Place urging him to instruct the Board of the Canadian National Exhibition to return to the bargaining table and negotiate in good faith for a resolution of this impasse.

Equity Bylaw Update - June 2018

Equity's Council encourages all members to be familiar with the rules that govern membership in our Association. Electronic copies of the current bylaws are available on www.caea.com and are available in print format upon request to the Association.

At its meeting of June 18, 2018 Council made a number of amendments to bylaws regarding the process undertaken when dealing with formal complaints against members. Council consulted with the membership in a number of ways before adopting these changes. Council drew on input and discussion from our bylaw working group, as well as input from staff and legal representation. In addition, a recent survey was sent out to a randomly selected portion of the membership, which received strong participation.

Council also passed a special resolution Council to set aside the deadline for complaints filed under Article 35(i) for a period of two years. Visit the Equiflash announcement for the full bylaw update

Honours and Awards 2017-2018 (Video)

Honours and Awards 2017-2018

Canadian Actors' Equity Association held its biennial awards on June 18, 2018.

The Stage West-Equity Emerging Artist Award was awarded to Toronto-based artist Ryan G. Hinds.

Life Membership is awarded by Council to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the performing arts. It recognizes not only career achievement, but also colleagues who go above and beyond to benefit Equity and its members.

Bill Millerd and Chick Reid were recognized with Life Membership in Equity.

The CAEA Award of Distinction was awarded to The AFC (formerly the Actors' Fund of Canada) and Lisa Brown, founder and director of Workman Arts Theatre.

Awards Presentations (Video)



2018-2019 CTA Renewal Ratified by Equity Membership

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) membership failed to ratify negotiated changes to a three-year Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA). As an interim resolution to this situation, PACT and Equity have since negotiated a one-year rollover of the current CTA with a financial increase which has now been ratified by the eligible Equity membership.

  • 2018-2019 CTA Fee Booklet

    View the Ratified 2018-2019 Fee Increases

The specifics of the one-year rollover negotiated between Equity and PACT are as follows:

The CTA ratification commenced Tuesday June 5, 2018 and concluded Thursday June 21, 2018. Members voted 96.4% in support of the proposed 2018-2019 CTA. The voting return rate was 21.8%. There were 4,044 eligible voters and 882 Equity members cast a ballot.

  • All minimum fees and other monetary amounts to increase by 2.75%, including Company Category thresholds.
  • Performer engagements at Level 2 in categories G to E will all increase to $630 from $472.50 (G), $519.50 (F) and $574 (E).
  • Stage managers will receive the 2.75% across-the-board increase and in no case shall be paid less than the prevailing minimum wage for the province in which the production takes place.
  • Equity and PACT commit to resolving outstanding issues around Employment Standards Act (ESA) calculation of overtime for stage managers, no later than December 31, 2018.
  • Late in the fall of this year, preparatory meetings will take place with negotiations to begin again in early 2019.

The CTA ratification commenced Tuesday June 5, 2018 and concluded Thursday June 21, 2018. Members voted 96.4% in support of the proposed 2018-2019 CTA. The voting return rate was 21.8%. There were 4,044 eligible voters and 882 Equity members cast a ballot.

Note from Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan

We have posted what would have been Equity's ratification package to its members (Members Only) had PACT not rejected the 2018-2021 negotiated changes. The document includes the identical proposed clause changes that were presented to PACT members at their AGM last month. However, each organization prepares their own interpretive information/context for their own membership.

Neither PACT nor Equity members vote on each clause individually, so it is difficult to determine which of the proposals did not meet with the approval of the PACT membership.

We have provided this document to you as information only. It is important to remember that none of these changes are in effect.

While Equity members may find favour with some of these proposals, there is no guarantee that Equity will be able to achieve any or all of them when bargaining starts again in early 2019.


Note: PACT holds its CTA ratification vote at a single in-person meeting. In contrast, Equity's ratification process is much more complex, involving the creation of a detailed ratification package of explanatory notes and minimum fee calculations. We must also engage a third party voting provider to conduct electronic voting for 4000+ members across Canada and the US. Originally, our materials were to be ready for May 18. This plan was put on hold until Equity and PACT negotiated this settlement, which was agreed upon mid-afternoon Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

2018-2019 CTA Ratification - Voting Now Open

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PACT and Equity have negotiated a one-year rollover (2018-2019) of the current CTA with a financial increase. Proposed minimum fees and other monetary amounts are now available (members-only). Voting instructions have now been mailed to all eligible voters. Voting closes at 5:00 p.m. (PT) June 21. The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) membership failed to ratify negotiated changes to a three-year Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA). As an interim resolution to this situation, PACT and Equity have since negotiated a one-year rollover of the current CTA with a financial increase.

The specifics of the one-year rollover negotiated between Equity and PACT are as follows:

•All minimum fees and other monetary amounts to increase by 2.75%, including Company Category thresholds.

•Performer engagements at Level 2 in categories G to E will all increase to $630 from $472.50 (G), $519.50 (F) and $574 (E).

•Stage managers will receive the 2.75% across-the-board increase and in no case shall be paid less than the prevailing minimum wage for the province in which the production takes place.

•Equity and PACT commit to resolving outstanding issues around Employment Standards Act (ESA) calculation of overtime for stage managers, no later than December 31, 2018.

•Late in the fall of this year, preparatory meetings will take place with negotiations to begin again in early 2019.

These proposed changes are endorsed by the Equity negotiation team.

The CTA ratification will commence Tuesday June 5, 2018. Voting for the 2018-2019 CTA will be by Internet and telephone only. Voting instructions will be mailed to all eligible voting members Friday June 1, 2018. Voting will close June 21, 2018. Ratification results will be announced Friday, June 22, 2018.

Equity Honours Awards Reception

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2018-Honours-InviteEquity members are invited to Equity's biennial Honours Awards Reception on Monday, June 18, 2018. Please note that our NEW VENUE is ARTSCAPE SANDBOX, 301 Adelaide St. West, Toronto. Join with fellow Equity members, Council and staff on June 18 to congratulate this year's award recipients.

Equity's Honours Awards Celebration! Join us on Monday, June 18 at Artscape Sandbox to congratulate this year's award recipients:

  • Bill Millerd and Chick Reid - Life Membership
  • The AFC (formerly the Actors' Fund of Canada) and Lisa Brown - The CAEA Award of Distinction
  • Ryan G. Hinds - The Stage West-Equity Emerging Artist Award

Date: Monday, JUNE 18, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

New location: Artscape Sandbox, 301 Adelaide St. W. Toronto, ON (Note: Entrance off Widmer St. due to construction in front of venue on Adelaide St.). Artscape Sandbox is a fully-accessible venue. ASL interpretation will be provided.

We look forward to celebrating with you on the 18th!

PACT Fails to Ratify Proposed Changes to the 2018-2021 CTA

Equity and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) worked jointly over many days to negotiate fair changes to the 2018-2021 CTA. Yesterday, at their annual conference in Ottawa, PACT members failed to ratify the proposed changes.

Equity understands that efforts to simplify the calculation and administration of the Company Category Calculation (which determines the minimum fees that can be paid on a production) was an issue for a significant number of PACT members uncomfortable with the proposed changes. 

Both Equity and PACT representatives are disappointed as each side was recommending our respective members accept changes to the new Agreement. 

Equity believed that the proposed changes would provide significant improvements for members in a number of areas. The negotiations were cordial and collegial and we expect that they will continue that way when we return to the table. As of this writing, there is no date for the completion of a second round of bargaining but Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan will be speaking with PACT representatives tomorrow and we will update the Equity membership as soon as we have further news.

PACT held its vote at an in-person meeting. In contrast, Equity's ratification process is much more complex, involving the engagement of a third party company to handle online voting for 4500+ members across Canada and the US. We also provide a ratification document complete with explanatory notes and complete minimum fee calculations. Originally, these materials were to be ready for the end of this coming week. Voting would have commenced shortly thereafter. This ratification process is now on hold indefinitely until Equity and PACT decide on a plan to go forward.

Please continue to check Equity's website for up-to-date information.

2018-2021 CTA Negotiations Successfully Conclude

Joint Statement From Equity and PACT regarding CTA Negotiations

Equity and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) announce that bargaining for the 2018-2021 Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) has successfully concluded. The negotiated changes to the Agreement will soon be sent to each association's respective membership for ratification.

Both Equity and PACT believe that these negotiations continue to build on the progressive changes made in the last round of bargaining by addressing concerns expressed by both parties. The bargaining teams of both Equity and PACT unanimously endorse the newly negotiated amendments as fair and progressive.

The two associations negotiated for 19 days starting in January 2018, preceded by several days of preparatory meetings in the late fall of 2017. The negotiations were collegial and cooperative as both sides sought to address issues around company category, inclusion, harassment and non-standard activities and marketing and promotion. The negotiation teams of both Equity and PACT are confident these material changes will address significant issues important to both bargaining partners.

The proposed financial increases for the 2018-2021 CTA are: 1% in year-1; 2% in year-2; and 2% in year-3 with the same increases for TYA in each year and a 5% to all single monetary fees and amounts in force for the term of the CTA. All proposed minimum fees are rounded to the nearest quarter. Additionally, all applicable minimum fees will increase to meet current applicable provincial minimum wage requirements (Performer Level 2 at G-D; Performers in TYA; Assistant Stage Managers at G-F; and accordingly the minimum fee for Stage Managers at G has increased). Choreographers for musicals will receive increases of 15% in year-1; 25% in year-2; and achieve parity with Director minimum fees in year-3.

PACT regular members will vote on ratification the terms of the 2018-2021 CTA at PACT's AGM in early May.

Regular, regular-extended visa and life members of Equity, in good standing and who worked under the CTA between 2012-2018, or who worked under any theatre agreement or policy (with the exception of engagement under the Artists' Collective Policy or the Festival Policy), or who registered to vote before March 29, 2018, will vote on ratification of the proposed changes in an electronic (telephone and Internet) ratification that will commence in early June.

Advisory: Equity members are asked to confirm their ground and email addresses in anticipations of the ratification. *NEW* Ratification ballots will be mailed to eligible Equity members, however, the ratification documents including proposed fees will be available online only. Members wishing to receive ratification support materials by mail should advise Equity by email beginning May 1.

Upon ratification by the respective memberships of Equity and PACT, the negotiated terms for 2018-2021 will come into effect June 25, 2018.


Equity members may direct questions to Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan either by email or by phone (1-800-387-1856 or 416-867-9165 in Toronto).

PACT members may direct questions to Labour Relations Manager Eleanor Antoncic either by email or by phone (1-800-263-7228 or 416-595-6455 extention 14 in Toronto).

Not In OUR Space!

Not in OUR Space! is a national anti-harassment and respectful workplace collaboration campaign developed by Equity which seeks to ensure healthy and productive working conditions for all professionals working in live performance across the country.
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The Equity Census Final Report Released

The final report on The Equity Census is now available to read or download at www.caea.com.

The ground-breaking 2015 Equity Census was developed to better understand the demographic composition of its membership and to identify potential barriers to employment experienced by members in Equity’s jurisdiction.

Key findings from The Equity Census were analyzed at the total level by ability, age, ethnocultural and/or racial identity including Person of Colour and/or Visible Minority, gender identity and sexual orientation as well as by measures associated with the Equity membership (i.e., area of live performance, primary discipline, year joined Equity, and formal training). Data from The Equity Census will support and strengthen Equity’s advocacy efforts promoting live performance and will aid in making recommendations for legislative change.

The final report, which includes key findings, is now available at EQUITYONLINE.

Read the Executive Summary (PDF) here.

Read the final report (PDF) here.

Canadian Creative Industries Release New Code of Conduct

TORONTO - A new Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct has been adopted to help prevent and respond to harassment including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence.

The Code represents a commitment by engaged stakeholders to shift the culture, to prevent and respond to harassment including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence and to ensure every workplace is one where safety, respect and professionalism are the norm.

The Code reinforces the concepts of zero tolerance, proportional consequences, consent-based interactions and no retaliation. It calls on signatories to encourage good-faith reporting and timely investigations. The Code demonstrates our commitment to action and is intended to be a living document that will be regularly informed by best practice.

The Code follows from work launched last year at a creative industries round-table collaborating on an industry-wide response to harassment, discrimination, bullying, and violence of all kinds. In addition, other industry groups are working to create more effective reporting mechanisms, and on multi-level education and training programs.

 

 

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2017-2018 National Annual General Meeting Presentations

February 26, 2018 - Daniel Spectrum - Toronto, ON

 

Council President's Report - Scott Bellis

Equity Council President Scott Bellis welcomed all members and delivered the President's Report. View the report in written format here.


Executive Director's Report - Arden R. Ryshpan

The Executive Director's Annual Report was delivered by Equity's Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan. View the report in written format here.


2016-2017 Financial Statement - Marion (Maz) Magoris, CPA, CMA

The 2016-2017 Financial Statement, presented by Equity's new Director of Finance and Administration, Marion (Maz) Magoris, provided a detailed run-down of Equity's financial position, presenting an accurate picture of Equity's finances, and demonstrating organizational compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Honours Awards Reception Postponed until June 25 / National AGM Continues As Scheduled on February 26

The passing of Director of Business Representative Services Keith Davidson has left a large void at Equity, felt by staff, elected representatives, theatres and industry colleagues. Equity would like to thank the live performance community across Canada for the outpouring of support at Keith's passing. 

In light of recent events, Equity has made the difficult decision to postpone the Honours Awards evening until June 25, 2018 when the event will not be overshadowed by the loss of a colleague. We thank you for your support and apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this scheduling change. 

Speaking on behalf of Council, Council President Scott Bellis said "Council recognizes that the passing of Keith Davidson so near to the Honours Awards has created an extremely difficult time for our dedicated staff who have lost an important team member and a dear friend. The decision to postpone the awards ceremony until June is fully supported by Council. We wish our staff members well during this challenging time and look forward to a future date when we can fully celebrate those who have contributed to the growth of our Association." 

The National AGM will continue to take place as scheduled on February 26. Information for the National AGM is below: 

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018
Location: Daniels Spectrum (Ada Slaight Hall, Main Floor) 585 Dundas St. E., Toronto, ON
National AGM: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Keith Davidson Passes Away - February 16, 2018

With profound sadness, Equity announces the passing of Keith Davidson, Director of Business Rep Services following a short illness. 

Keith joined Equity's staff in 1989, working in both offices in a number of roles during his 29 years of service. His work in the Business Rep department on behalf of the Equity membership is immeasurable. Keith was a respected colleague on both "sides of the table" throughout his career with Equity. He was as meticulous in his work as he was with his incredibly stylish wardrobe. 

Keith was also an avid candid photographer and painter in many mediums. 

He leaves his long-time partner Dennis Duncan and many friends on staff, in membership and across our industry who will miss him very much. 

Details regarding arrangements will be made available once known.

 

Keith Davidson

 

Live Performance Industry Meeting on Combating Workspace Harassment

Canadian Actors' Equity Association (Equity) and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) are jointly hosting a meeting of live performance sector stakeholders to discuss practical and supportive anti-harassment strategies in workspaces. The meeting is intended to share initiatives and to create a national, collaborative action plan across the live performance sector.

Equity and PACT are committed to taking a leadership role in eliminating sexual harassment and bullying in professional Canadian theatre. The implementation of the Not In OUR Space! campaign will be on the meeting agenda.

Meeting attendance is national in scope, with representation from some Toronto-area and provincial organizations (Ontario). Attendees will include arts service organizations, live performance guilds and unions and other key industry members.

The closed-door meeting will take place January 17, 2018. An update will follow including opportunities for further input on these issues.

Equity is the voice of professional artists engaging in live performance in English Canada representing almost 6,000 artists working in theatre, opera and dance from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Equity's membership includes performers, directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers.

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is a member-driven organization of professional Canadian theatres which serves as the collective voice of its 150 members. For the betterment of Canadian theatre, PACT provides leadership, national representation and a variety of programs and practical assistance to member companies, enabling members to do their own creative work. PACT is a leader in the national performing arts community, and a devoted advocate for the value of live performance.

Canadian Creative Industries Logos

The OPEN

ScreenShot2018-08-16...This new short duration and multi-engagement dance policy, is now available for use by Equity members. It is designed to support the engagement of dance artists working in a diverse range of practices for short-duration performances and activities. The OPEN invites non-traditional dance artists to work under professional protections within competitive, freestyle, multidisciplinary, social, commercial, cultural and other diverse dance forms.

The OPEN may be used to engage dance artists in not-for-profit or commercial activities and provides for both individual and group engagements. Short-form agreements for Judging and Competition activities are also included.

The OPEN offers the same protections and supports that members already rely upon while taking a new approach to the calculation of minimum fees based on the duration of a performance piece, the number of artists performing in each piece, the number of performance pieces in a presentation and the number of times the performance piece(s) is presented. A multi-booking incentive for Engagers planning additional presentations also applies. 

As part of the Dance Equity rights awareness campaign, Equity's Council is offering regular membership to bona fide professional dancers for a $10 initiation fee (reduced from $1000). This special offer is open to eligible dance artists seeking respectful working conditions and it will be in effect for a 12-month period (ending August 17, 2018). This special joining opportunity will allow independent dancers access to Equity membership for the first time. As part of the outreach campaign, Equity has created an online Membership Eligibility application [http://bit.ly/2w5LXRM] to make application for membership as easy as possible. 

Please contact Jon Reid, Equity's Dance Outreach Consultant, with any membership questions or for more information. He may be reached by email (dancemembership@caea.com) or by phone (416-867-9165 / TF 1-800-387-1856). Or visit the Dance Equity website (http://www.danceequity.com) to read more about this exciting campaign.

LGBA Fee Increases Ratified

ScreenShot2018-08-16...Bargaining for minimum fees and the overtime rate (only) for the last two seasons of the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens Agreement (LGBA) with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal successfully concluded on January 25, 2017.

Read the Equiflash here.

2017-2020 Alberta Ballet Agreement Now Ratified

ScreenShot2018-08-16...Recently negotiated changes to the 2017-2020 Alberta Ballet Agreement (ABA) with the Alberta Ballet were ratified in a mail-in vote (only) concluded February 20, 2017.

Read the Equiflash here.

Equity's National AGM held February 27

Written reports by Council President Allan Teichman and Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan, and the ratified 2015-2016 Financial Statement, are now available.

National AGM Videos Online

ScreenShot2018-08-16...Video presentations of the Council President's Report (delivered by Allan Teichman) and the Executive Director's Report (delivered by Arden R. Ryshpan) to the Equity membership are now available.

Not in OUR Space! Campaign Launches

blog_img4Equity launched its innovative Not in OUR Space! campaign at last evening's National Annual General Meeting in Toronto.

2017-2020 RWBA Ratified by Membership

ScreenShot2018-08-16...Recently negotiated changes to the 2017-2020 Royal Winnipeg Ballet Agreement (RWBA) with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet were ratified in a mail-in vote (only) concluded Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Read the Equiflash here.

Creative Canada Policy Framework

ScreenShot2018-08-16...Titled Creative Canada, this strategy provides a new vision and approach to creative industries and to growing the creative economy by the Government of Canada. It has received mixed reviews.

Read the Equiflash here.

2017-2020 VOA Ratified by Membership

ScreenShot2018-08-16...Recently negotiated changes to the 2017-2020 Vancouver Opera Agreement with the Vancouver Opera were ratified in a mail-in vote (only) concluding August 10, 2017.

Read the Equiflash here.

Allan Teichman Resigns as Council President

At its meeting of September 25, 2017 Equity's national Council accepted Allan Teichman's resignation as Council President. Allan has served as Council President for a record three plus terms encompassing 11 years of tireless and exceptional work.

Read the official statement here.

Equity Attends FIA Executive Meeting in Croatia

ScreenShot2018-08-16...Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan and First Vice-President Stephen Erickson are representing Equity at the 2017 FIA (International Federation of Actors) Executive Meeting. Arden's report to the FIA North America working group (including other visiting English language affiliates) is now posted too.

Read the FIANA Meeting - Country Report here.

New Council President and Secretary-Treasurer

ScreenShot2018-08-16...At its meeting of October 29, 2017, Secretary-Treasurer Scott Bellis (Councillor for BC & the Yukon) was appointed Council President and Diane Speirs (Councillor for Western Opera) was appointed to the vacant position of Secretary-Treasurer.

Read the official statement (PDF) here.

Dance Equity

Equity has launched a Dancer Rights Awareness Campaign including a new website dedicated to dance engagements, a new policy for the engagement of independent dancers including urban and commercial dancers, and revised membership requirements. Please contact Jon Reid, Equity's Dance Outreach Consultant, with any membership questions or for more information. He may be reached by email (dancemembership@caea.com) or by phone at 1-800-387-1856 (416-867-9165 in Toronto).

National AGM Reports & Video Presentations

ScreenShot2018-08-16...On Monday, February 22, Equity held its National AGM in Toronto, ON. Written reports and video presentations from the National AGM are now available here.

Pay Your Basic Membership Dues Online

blog_img2Equity basic membership dues of $90 were invoiced on May 1, 2017. Payment of basic dues can be made by logging-in to make an online dues payment.