Canadian Actors’ Equity Association represents professional live performing artists in English Canada. Equity negotiates and administers collective agreements, provides benefit plans, employment information, support and acts as an advocate for its members. Equity supports the creative efforts of live performance artists by improving their working conditions and opportunities.

Equity represents over 6,000 performing artists in Canada – and we recognize a need to open up and support independent dancers working in a variety of forms & practices.

Contracts are vital to protecting your professional practice in dance. With 40 years of contract policy experience, Equity provides a foundation from which your work can thrive and flow. We protect our members. Equity is responsible for enforcing a contractual agreement when a need may arise. If a fee is not paid or there are outstanding contractual obligations, it is Equity’s job to ensure the engager follows through with their legal obligations.

Independent dancers are at risk moving from contract to contract, with few or no supports. Equity is adapting its supportive structure to empower independent Canadian dancers with the benefits & protection  they deserve – in a way that reflects the manner in which they work.


Recognizing a vital unprotected professional sector in dance was calling for representation across the nation, Equity has committed to adapt our policy to support dance in a new diversity of forms & practices.

For 40 years Equity has served Canadian live-performing artists in their professional contracting process, with collective benefits and supports that empower our members in their careers. EQ now opens our membership to serve more dance artists in new presentation spaces, new access and with new professional artist services.

Canadian Actors’ Equity Association supports access to our membership by reducing initiation fee to $10 for independent dancers for one year. As we host community consultations and offer our new OPEN DANCE POLICY series. There are policies for short duration & multiple engagements as well as judging and competition policy – created to reflect the diversity of practice happening within the dance community, we encourage you to get to know Equity and share how we can serve your movement in new ways.

In addition to our new updated policies and member access changes, Equity is leading a dancers rights campaign to raise awareness of the professional artists in our Canadian community and the professional issues that exist within the practice. We are working together dancers to activate this awareness campaign across Canada by building conversation in live activation, online platforms and in multi-media, raising dance voices, creating new policy and advocating to make positive change in the working ecology.

Service & Support for Members:

  • Standard contract minimums

  • Performance/choreography, judging & competition rates

  • Rehearsal Rates

  • Anti-Harassment Policy

  • Touring Conditions

  • Comprehensive Health Insurance

    Fits your one day contracts, weekly

    projects or flexible structures that

    work with your movement

    Low rates – $5 day, $18 weekly+

  • RRSP

    6% of Equity contracts are placed into

    an RRSP trust you control. You are also

    supported with investment tools &


  • $100 Health & Wellness Expense Benefit

    Death & Dismemberment Coverage of

    $20,000- $40,000

  • Professional Development Opportunity

  • EquiFlash – E-drive Jobs Listings

    Listings of auditions, job calls &

    membership requests from engagers.

    Non-member access allowed but Equity

    members receive priority.

Equity is collaborating with artists to raise awareness of the issues in the dance working ecology. Together, our campaign is focused on empowering dance voices, creating public dialogue space for sharing ideas & policy that make real change within the professional dance community.

In addition to our advocacy campaign, Equity is also increasing access for dance artists to join our membership. Membership initiation fee has been drastically reduced down to just $10 (previously $1000).


See our DANCE EQUITY campaign page here.

Want to join the movement? Email our outreach coordinator at



Connect with our outreach or business representatives




Jon Reid
Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 416-867-9165




Ruth Leggett
Business Representative
Phone: 416 867 9165