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2017-2020 Alberta Ballet Agreement Now Ratified
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.
Equity's National AGM - February 27
Equity's National Annual General Meeting will held at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON) on Monday, February 27, 2017. Equity members in good standing are encouraged to attend. Please bring your up-to-date membership card to show at the door.
EQ Feature: Your Personal Safety Checklist
EQ Winter 2017 focuses on safety in a live performance work environment. Read the online version of Your Personal Safety Checklist and learn how to stay safe on stage.

Pay Your Basic Membership Dues Online
As of FEBRUARY 1, a $10.00 overdue fee applies to any outstanding basic dues amount. Payment of basic dues can be made by logging in to EQUITYONLINE to make an online dues payment.

LGBA Fee Increases Ratified
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.
Winter 2017 EQ Online
Keeping healthy and safe in live performance is both an obligation on the part of your engager - and a responsibility on your part. In this issue of EQ you'll learn what you should expect from your engager, and what you can do to stay safe. You'll also hear personal tales of how Equity members have stayed safe on stage. Plus, find out how to make your RRSPs work for you, and uncover more illuminating results from The Equity Census.
DANCEEQUITY Campaign Gearing Up For Official Launch In Spring 2017!
Dance is a vital form of the performing arts. Equity has served dancers for decades and we are now expanding our support for independent dancers' professional practice.

Equity is gearing up for 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.

More announcements will be coming soon! Questions? Contact:
Dental & Vision sign-up period - extended
Equity's subsidized DentalCare and VisionCare programs ended January 1, 2017. Members can still sign up for continued low-cost coverage.
Equity has negotiated a preferential rate for members in good standing wanting to purchase private Network coverage - only $20 per year (includes dependent coverage). This is an extremely reasonable rate for the benefit offered.

An Equity member in good standing may sign up in the Members Only zone of EQUITYONLINE (under Member Beneifts). Alternatively members may enroll directly through the provider Spencer Health at:

All memberships are one year in length and will expire one year after the start date of membership in the network.

Agreement Negotiations & Engagement Policy Review in 2017
A list of Equity's agreement negotiations and engagement policies taking place in 2017 is now available. Equity members are encouraged to send their suggestions for changes or improvement by the deadlines indicated in the PDF link below
Everybody Counts | 5-Questions, 2-Minutes

In case you missed the Equity Census, or are a new member of Equity, a brief 5-question demographic confidential survey is now available.
Email to request an invitation to Everybody Counts, a new questionnaire regarding age, culture and ethnicity, disability, gender identity and sexual identity. Your information will be treated as strictly confidential and will only ever be reviewed or disseminated in an aggregated format.
The ongoing collection of information about the diversity of Equity's membership will allow us to measure the impact of member diversity on work opportunities, engagement patterns and income earned on an ongoing basis. The data is a powerful tool in collective bargaining for equitable representation of diversity onstage and in related hiring. It also informs advocacy recommendations to funding bodies (federal, provincial and municipal).

Heritage Digital Content Consultations
The Minister of Canadian Heritage is holding public and stakeholder online consultations on the theme of "Canadian Content in a Digital World." Have your say - provide your input by the NOVEMBER 25TH deadline. In order to reinforce some key points and provide ideas that may augment your submission, Equity has prepared a resource document here.
ACE Insurance is now Chubb
Equity members please note: in January 2016, ACE Limited acquired the Chubb Corporation. The insurance company now operates under the Chubb name. Members should experience no substantive change to Equity's insurance policies or claims process resulting from the change of ownership.
Equity's 40th Anniversary!
April 1, 2016 marks 40 years since Canadian Actors' Equity Association's amicable separation from AEA (U.S.) and 60 years that we have existed in Canada. Our anniversary presents a fantastic opportunity in which to mark our Canadian heritage and modernize our look.
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