Organization Membership

Organization Membership

Participate in building a positive future for dance by activating your membership!



Become a member


Become a member


($85 – $3000)
Supporting Organizations ($60)
Access to National Health Insurance Arts & Entertainment Plan™ by AFBS. This comprehensive health, drug, dental and life insurance is created specifically for artists. Y N
Discount to The Dance Current magazine subscription $55 (regular $60 + tax) Y Y
Free job postings (regular $40 for non-members) Go to Y Y?
Discounted rates on CDA conferences & special events Y Y
Opportunity to become a member at pay-what-you-can rates, to be eligible for member discounts and resources without financial barrier Y Y
Tools and resources to support your own advocacy Y Y
Research sharing on arts sector data and government updates Y Y
CDA conveys perspectives and concerns from members to federal decision-makers Y Y
Letters of reciprocity, International Mobility Program *some parameters apply Y N
Member newsletters, including sector updates like federal policy and funding Y Y
Access to gatherings and learning sessions Y Y
Voting rights at CDA Annual General Meeting Y N
Membership in a Standing Council relevant to your area of practice Y Y



National Health Insurance Program – The Arts Entertainment Plan® offered by AFBS

What is it?
  • Members of the Canadian Dance Assembly are eligible to apply for personal health insurance created specifically for Canadian artists, dancers, and performers.
  • The Arts Entertainment Plan® is a simple way to assist people in managing health care costs. Get the coverage you need – minus the confusion. It’s affordable, exclusive to the artistic community and there are no medical questionnaires – so you won’t be denied access because of pre-existing conditions – its guaranteed acceptance!
  • The plan has two options to choose from: Standard and Comprehensive
  • Both options offer the same core benefit categories:
    • Dental Care
    • Prescription Drug Benefit
    • Extended Health Care (vision care, hospital rooms, medical equipment, massage etc…)
    • Travel Emergency Medical
    • Group Term Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
    • The Member and Family Assistance Program (MFAP)
  • Coverage is available for individuals and families, there’s a convenient monthly payment option and premiums may be tax deductible.
  • The Arts & Entertainment Plan is a service of Actra Fraternal Benefits Society (AFBS), A Not for Profit Insurer.
How to apply?

Make sure your CDA membership is current, then simply head over to to select your plan and follow the steps to apply!

Letters of Reciprocity – International Mobility Program

What is it?

The Government of Canada allows entry of foreign nationals working in dance, opera, orchestra, or live theatre that contributes to competitive advantages and reciprocal benefits for all Canadians. Read More

Who may be eligible?

Current CDA organizational members only. In order to be eligible for the International Mobility Program, the CDA organizational member/employer must receive core or composite funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.

How CDA can help?

If you are applying under the International Mobility Program for a Performing Arts Exemption, and are in need of a Letter of Reciprocity, please contact Upon the receipt of a request, the CDA will provide the letter within 2-3 weeks. Please allow for this turnaround time.

Important Note: Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada – LMIA permits

The CDA does not assist with LMIA applications directly; however CDA can help support in connecting potential applicants with other dance artists or dance organizations who have successfully been through the LMIA process.

A reminder that LMIA applications should come from the artist’s employer (the dance organization or dance school), not the artist themselves. The LMIA process typically takes 4 months to complete. Please contact if you wish to connect with another arts organization around the LMIA process.

Membership Categories & Fees


In order to support everyone in our community particularly through these difficult times, we are offering a NEW pay-what-you-can option for the second year July 1 2021 – June 30 2022 (suggested $40+ organizations).]

If you are in a position to pay in full, please do so and we thank you for your support to continue our work and subsidize other members.

If you are experiencing financial barriers, please take the support you need and we thank you for your participation in our community.

Membership Fee Categories:

Category Fee
Annual operating budget of $0 – $59,999 $85
Annual operating budget of $60,000 – $99,999 $100
Annual operating budget of $100,000 – $249,999 $150
Annual operating budget of $250,000 – $499,999 $320
Annual operating budget of $500,000 – $749,999 $600
Annual operating budget of $750,000 – $999,999 $850
Annual operating budget of $1,000,000 or more, calculate 0.09% of operating budget to a maximum of $3,000 $3,000
Service organizations $200
Educational affiliates (institutions ineligible for arts council funding) $300
Supporting organizations **non-voting
any organization wishing to support CDA & receive some member benefits, who is not a dance artist or professional
NEW pay-what-you-can option (suggested $40+)
Select any category of membership, and choose your own fee

Please note that membership fees are subject to review and may change from year to year. All members will be given advance notice of any such changes.

Membership Eligibility

Eligible organizations must be registered or incorporated non-profit organizations in Canada, and have a sustained level of activity. Additionally, dance creation and performing companies must have dance professionals who have completed their basic training as their artistic directors.

Supporting Organizational Membership:

Other supporting organizations that do not meet the criteria above may become non-voting supporting members. This may include organizations in other artistic or non-profit fields.

You may contact us if you are unsure of your membership category, we will be happy to assist you!

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