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About the Editors' Association of Canada

Tina Dealwis
Editors’ Association of Canada
(The Editors’ Association of Canada began using the name Editors Canada on July 1, 2015.)

2012-01-30

The Editors' Association of Canada (EAC) is the professional association for freelance and salaried editors that promotes professional editing as a necessary step in effective communication. EAC works to set and maintain standards of editorial excellence, provide networking opportunities for editors and host professional development seminars. It also publishes many editing resources, including the four-volume publication Meeting Professional Editorial Standards, which was adopted as a text for Ryerson University's Publishing Certificate program.

The Editors' Association of Canada is the recognized association for the editing business, and has helped to advocate for fair pay, working conditions and freelance agreements. EAC has also created the first—and only—certification program for professional editors in Canada.

History

In 1978, a group of five editors met and discussed the trials and tribulations of their profession. From that discussion, the idea for a professional editors' association was born.

After a few informal meetings in members' living rooms and basements, word spread and membership soon grew to 50. The Freelance Editors' Association of Canada / Association canadienne des pigistes de l'edition (FEAC/ACPÉ) was officially created on May 28, 1979, with Maggie MacDonald as the association's first president.

The first meeting agenda focused on FEAC's goals, committee reports and the Executive Council slate of officers. By 1985, FEAC had set up a hotline for freelancers and clients, and created a standard freelance editorial agreement. However, except for groups and committees in Ottawa, Montréal and Vancouver formed during the early 1980s, FEAC remained primarily a Toronto-based organization until 1990.

In 1990 and 1991, following several years of discussions, a national structure was created, consisting of a national office and four regional branches—Quebec-Atlantic Canada, National Capital Region, Toronto and Western Canada (BC).

From FEAC to EAC

FEAC dealt mainly with issues concerning freelance editors, but over time, it became apparent that the association needed to represent all editors. It already had an in-house editor membership, and in 1994, FEAC officially changed its name to the Editors' Association of Canada / Association canadienne des rédacteurs-réviseurs. The word "rédacteurs" was later dropped from the title.

EAC today

Today, EAC has more than 1,600 members and has six branches across Canada:
British Columbia, Prairie Provinces, Saskatchewan, Toronto, National Capital Region, and Quebec / Atlantic Canada. In September 2011, it launched its first "twig" in Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph. Twigs are located in cities not covered by the branches. Subsequent twigs in Hamilton/Halton and Kingston have been launched, with more on the horizon.

EAC is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. An executive council governs at the national level and leads the organization in strategic planning and policy. Much of the work is completed by committees of volunteers. EAC's Toronto-based national office employs four paid staff.

Membership

There are many benefits of membership, including access to Internet forums, professional development seminars, monthly branch meetings, the annual conference and the opportunity to become certified. In addition, EAC members can become listed on the Online Directory of Editors, which allows potential employers to search for an editor. EAC also maintains a national job board, with job postings, as well as a job hotline. EAC members receive a discount on insurance, as well.

Visit www.editors.ca for more information on EAC programs and membership.