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Equity has responded to the Ontario Ministry of Labour's 'Changing Workplaces Review - Special Advisors' Interim Report' with a set of recommendations on how the Province can strengthen the Ontario Labour Relations Act with respect to Arts workers in Ontario. Click here to read Equity's submission.

A new report released by the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, and the Canadian Arts Coalition examines federal arts and culture sector funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

In 2015, with the help of members across Canada, we launched the Equity Census, a ground-breaking project, which gathered demographic information relating to age, culture and ethnicity, diverse ability, and gender and sexual identity. In November 2016, Equity engaged R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd, the Canadian research firm who assisted with the Equity Census, to reach out to members who were not able to participate in the Equity Census.

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.

After nationwide member consultation, and due to the participation rates that were well below expectations, the DentalCare and VisionCare discount programs will be cancelled as of January 1, 2017.
Too few members have found the discount Network advantageous for the significant cost of program delivery. Equity members in good standing may continue to use the DentalCare and VisionCare Network, including signing up for first time benefits, until December 31, 2016.

Equity's Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan and Senior Projects Manager Kristian Clarke are joining together with arts advocates from across the country to make the arts and culture industry a top government priority.

After consultation with the membership and specific outreach to those members who worked under the INDIE 2.1, Equity is pleased to launch the new INDIE 2.2.

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.

Five major Ballet companies from across the globe, including the National Ballet of Canada, will be broadcasting live on October 4, 2016, to celebrate World Ballet Day. Visit the World Ballet Day website or visit National Ballet of Canada on Facebook for live streaming on October 4.

September 30, 2016: Equity is pleased to announce that the updated INDIE 2.2, Artists' Collective Policy and Festival Policy are now available online.

The 21st Congress of the International Federation of Actors opens tomorrow in São Paulo, Brazil. Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan and First Vice-President Stephen Erickson are already in Brazil attending regional working group and Executive Committee meetings.

2016-2019 Canadian Opera Agreement (COA) and the 2016-2019 Opera Agreement (OPA) were ratified by the eligible Equity membership in a vote which concluded on September 8, 2016.

Equity advocates for traditional legislative and tax measures. Branding Canada Through the Live Performing Arts also proposes that the live performance industry be included in the global conversation about the value of what it means to be Canadian on the international stage.

In the fall of 2015 Equity appeared before the Ontario Changing Workplaces review panel. An Interim Report has been released identifying a range of options to better protect workers.

EQ magazine's exclusive interview with Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, on how the Liberal government plans to follow through on its commitment to increased funding for arts and culture.

Recently negotiated changes for the 2016-2019 National Ballet of Canada Agreement (NBCA) were ratified by the eligible Equity membership in a mail-only vote which concluded July 28, 2016.

Recently negotiated changes to the 2015-2018 National Arts Centre Special Events Agreement (NACSEA) were ratified by the eligible Equity membership in a mail-only vote which concluded on June 1, 2016. Members voted 100% in support of the proposed changes. The voting return rate was 30.0%.

Equity's Western Office moved to a new Vancouver location on June 1, 2016. The new Western Office address is be 1316-750 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J3.

Deadline: May 27, 2016. Help Equity make live performing arts a National priority. The Minister of Canadian Heritage is beginning public and stakeholder online consultations on the theme of Strengthening Canadian Content Creation, Discovery and Export in a Digital World. Click here to help.

Friday May 13 was the last day for Equity members to provide input on Ontario's Draft Culture Strategy. Equity members responded in large numbers, and Equity's Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan has also submitted a response which can be viewed here. Thank you to all members who submitted a response.

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.

On Monday, February 22, Equity held its 40th Anniversary Honours Awards Celebration.
Equity and PACT share a commitment to promoting equal engagement opportunities and reflecting the full diversity of Canadian society in our theatres and on our stages. We are collaborating in collecting demographic information about all Artists engaged under the CTA.

The first budget of the new federal Government was tabled in the House of Commons by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 22. The fiscal blueprint delivers on many of the arts and culture promises included in the Liberal party election platform.

On February 1, 2016 the organization previously known as the Actors' Fund of Canada announced their rebranding as The AFC.



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.

Equity is encouraged that our members, engagers, the live performance industry, and the public are interested in examining practices relating to ALL forms of diversity. Click here for Global News coverage and video.

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