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Get an Advance Look at Equity's New Website!
Equity's new website is days away from launching. If you want a sneak preview of Equity's new online prescence, then click here.
Advisory: Members-only functions such as dues payments and region changing will not be available on the new site until the official launch in the next few days.
 
Candidate Statements for 2018 Council Elections
Available candidate statements (written and/or video clip) are now available on EQUITY's new website only. The FINAL list of nominated candidates is available here (revised September 14). Voting will begin in early October.
 
Fall Edition of Council Connect with Council President Scott Bellis
A recent change to Article 110 of Equity's Bylaws reduces the term length of Council’s four officer positions from three years to two. This change has prompted questions from some members.
IATSE 58 Locked out of the CNE
Equity members are asked not to cross IATSE 58's (Toronto Stagehands local) picket line to attend the Canadian National Exhibition or any other venue or event on the Exhibition grounds.
Updated Online Fee
Calculators for CTA and ITA
Updates to Equity's online fee calculators for the 2018-2019 Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) and the Independent Theatre Agreement (ITA) are complete. The calculators determine applicable dues and benefit deductions, agent's commission (if applicable), additional service fees, HST/GST, and fees paid to the artist.
Soulpepper Theatre Update
Media is reporting that the civil lawsuits against Equity member Albert Schultz and Soulpepper Theatre have been resolved outside of court.‎‎
D•O•T Policy Extended to December
The D•O•T Policy has been extended to Sunday, December 9, 2018. Minimum fees and other monetary amounts 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).
Letter to Mayor John Tory re: Lockout of IATSE 58 at Exhibition Place
Read Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan's letter to Toronto Mayor John Tory regarding the lockout of members of IATSE Local 58 at Exhibition Place below.
Letter to Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
Equity's Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan and ACTRA Montreal President Simon Peacock have co-written a letter to Festival International de Jazz de Montreal on July 6 regarding the production of SLĀV.
June Bylaw Amendments
Council approves bylaw amendments regarding the process of dealing with formal complaints against members.
Changes for the 2018-2019 ITA
Equity will roll over the Independent Theatre Agreement as of Monday, June 25, 2018 to June 23, 2019 with financial increases. Select changes will come into effect as of September 3, 2018. More information is available here.

2018-2019 CTA Renewal Ratified by Equity Membership
A one-year rollover of the current Canadian Theatre Agreement with a financial increase, as negotiated between Equity and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, was ratified by the eligible Equity membership. Financial increases will be in effect Monday, June 25, 2018 to June 23, 2019.
Equity Honours Awards Video and Photo Gallery
Photos and Video footage from Equity's Honours Awards Celebration are now available here.

EQ Spring 2018: Council Renewal
Spring is finally here - and this issue of EQ is dedicated to regrowth and renewal. You'll find a recap of the work Equity Council has been doing over the past three years, as well as a look ahead to the new directions Equity will be moving in to make working conditions and opportunities better for members. Also in this issue - an introduction into the emerging field of intimacy directing. This specialized field makes intimate scenes on stage not only better - but safer.

Not in OUR Space!
Not in OUR Space! is a multi-faceted and comprehensive anti-harassment campaign developed by Equity.
Councillors and Equity members recently came together to share safe workspace ideas.




 
Pay Your Basic Membership Dues Online
Equity basic membership dues of $90.00 were invoiced on May 1, 2017. Payment of basic dues can be made by logging in to EQUITYONLINE to make an online dues payment.

2017-2018 National AGM Presentations
Video footage and transcripts from Equity's National AGM (February 26, 2018 in Toronto) now available.

The OPEN
Equity Logo 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 offers flexibility, rehearsal, break and performance day limits and other artist protections.

Chubb Insurance Accepts Claims by Email
british columbia Equity is pleased to announce a new member service intended to speed up insurance claim response times. Beginning April 21, Equity's insurance provider will accept member claim submissions by email.


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