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.


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.



Connect with our outreach or business representatives


Ruth Leggett
Business Representative
Phone: 416 867 9165