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CAPIC MEMBERSHIP

CAPIC was founded in 1978 as a national, not-for-profit association dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the rights and interests of photographers, illustrators and recently, digital artists, working in the communications industry. Starting as a single group in Toronto, CAPIC has grown to six chapters, spanning the country from Halifax to Vancouver, with a membership of over 1030.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

THE CAPIC Web Site

Promote your talent on our new, gallery-based national site, searchable by location and specialty. Resources, forums and business practices information at you fingertips. www.capic.org - several CAPIC chapters also have their own sites - See "Chapters"

CAPIC News

A bi-weekly email bulletin with news, tech and discount links.

Community

The most important benefit of membership is the "group voice" that empowers CAPIC to represent you on various fronts - Copyright, at the local, Provincial and Federal government levels and with advertising agencies and publishing companies across the country.

Business Information and Legal Referrals

When you need copyright or contract information, you can contact our National Office on the toll-free line 1-888-252-2742 (416-462-3677 in Toronto). CAPIC maintains a relationship with lawyers specializing in Copyright and Contract law and refers members to them when necessary.

Discounts

National & regional suppliers of services and materials plus AVIS, Hertz, digital and traditional labs, stores and a Toronto boutique hotel.

Educational and Social Events

Held regularly by local chapters. By being part of a network, members can quickly increase their knowledge and skills.

Insurance

  1. $10,000.00 Automatic Accidental Death and Dismemberment - included with General, Sustaining, Associate and Emerging Talent membership.
  2. Equipment & Studio - policies designed for professionals in our industry. (Available to General, Sustaining, and Associate members. Not available in British Columbia and Quebec.)
  3. Optional Group Rate Life, Health & Disability Insurance - packages for members and employees that are among the best available. (Available to General, Sustaining and Associate members)

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

There are several types of membership in CAPIC and each category has specific criteria. General, Associate, Sustaining and Emerging Talent Members are eligible to participate in the monthly payment plan.
Dues stated include GST or HST tax, where applicable.

CAPIC membership categories

  • General
  • Sustaining
  • Associate
  • Emerging Talent
  • Assistant
  • Student
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Honorary
  • Retired
  • Foreign

Download Membership brochure in English here
La version française est disponible ici

GENERAL

For photographers, illustrators and digital artists of good moral character with a minimum of two years of professional experience and proof of publication as demonstrated by their portfolio and tear sheets. Freelancers and those employed in staff positions may apply. Applicants are required to be sponsored by two CAPIC members or by the Membership Committee. A review of the applicant's portfolio and business documentation (Estimates, Invoices Term etc ) is required. General Members receive all the benefits available to CAPIC members, are eligible to vote and may hold office in the association.
Annual Dues:
Atlantic Provinces: $488.75 including HST or $41.83 a month
British Columbia: $446.25 including GST or $38.19 a month
Ontario: $480.25 including GST or $41.10 a month
Quebec & Prairie Provinces: $446.25 including GST or $38.19 a month

Download Application Form

SUSTAINING

Artist's Representatives, Educators, Colleagues, Stock Agencies, Labs, Digital Service Providers, Suppliers and Manufacturers. For persons of good moral character with a minimum of two years of professional experience in a field that is associated with photography or illustration. This includes, but is not exclusive to, art directors, creative directors, designers, artist's representatives, sales representatives, consultants, stylists, professors, instructors and studio employees/colleagues. Requirements include sponsorship letters from two CAPIC members or sponsorship by the Membership Committee and the review of a résumé and business documents (where applicable). The Sustaining Member receives all of the benefits available to CAPIC members is eligible to vote, and may hold office in the association.
Annual dues:
Atlantic Provinces: $488.75 including HST or $41.83 a month
British Columbia: $446.25 including GST or $38.19 a month
Ontario: $480.25 including HST or $41.10 a month
Quebec & Prairie Provinces: $446.25 including GST or $38.19 a month

Download Application Form

ASSOCIATE

For photographers, illustrators and digital artists who do not meet all of the criteria of a General Membership but are actively engaged in or pursuing a professional career and are of good moral character. A portfolio review, letters of sponsorship from two CAPIC members or sponsorship by the Membership Committee is/are required. Associate Members receive many of the same benefits as General Members do, however they may not vote or hold office. After one year of membership an Associate Member may apply for General Member standing. Associate Members MUST apply for General Membership after two full years as Associate Members.
Annual dues:
Atlantic Provinces: $373.75 including HST or $32.25 a month
British Columbia: $341.25 including GST or $29.44 a month
Ontario: $367.25 including HST or $31.69 a month
Quebec & Prairie Provinces: $341.25 including GST or $29.44 a month

Download Application Form

EMERGING TALENT

Emerging Talent membership is for photographers and illustrators who are not at the career level or confidence level necessary for Associate Membership. This category is for those who have graduated from a CAPIC-recognized course within the last two years, are currently employed as a photographer or illustrator and/or conduct business as a freelance photographer or illustrator. A portfolio review accompanied by a letter of sponsorship from a CAPIC member is required. Members in this category are eligible for all CAPIC member discounts and are covered by the CAPIC Members Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance policy. Emerging Talent Members are also eligible for the optional CAPIC Health insurance plans but cannot vote or hold office. Emerging Talent Members must apply for Associate Membership after two years at this level.
Annual dues:
Atlantic Provinces: $224.25 including HST or $19.78 a month
British Columbia: $204.75 including GST or $18.06 a month
Ontario: $220.35 including HST or $19.44 a month
Quebec & Prairie Provinces: $204.75 including GST or $18.06 a month

Download Application Form

ASSISTANT

For full-time photographic or illustrative assistants seeking to expand their knowledge and connections. Assistant Members are eligible for the CAPIC Member Discounts but do not qualify for the CAPIC Insurance programs and are ineligible to vote or hold office.
Annual dues:
Atlantic Provinces: $149.50 including HST
British Columbia: $136.50 including GST
Ontario: $146.90 including HST
Quebec & Prairie Provinces: $136.50 including GST

Download Application Form

STUDENT

An ideal starting point for the entry-level creator, who wants to network with CAPIC professional photographers and illustrators as well as learn valuable tips. Student members are eligible for limited CAPIC Member Discounts (insurances excluded) but may not vote or hold office. After graduating, Student Members MUST apply for either Assistant or Emerging Talent Membership.
Annual dues:
Atlantic Provinces: $28.75 including HST
British Columbia: $26.25 including GST
Ontario: $28.25 including HST
Quebec& Prairie Provinces: $26.25 including HST

Fee must accompany Student Member Application. Mastercard, VISA & American Express accepted.
Student Members can either register online, or mail their application forms to the CAPIC National office.
Register online now!!

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Colleges and Universities offering CAPIC-recognized courses in photography or illustration are eligible for a free membership for one full-time professor/instructor. Members in this category are not eligible for optional CAPIC insurance plans and may not vote or hold office.
Please contact the CAPIC National office at membership@capic.org or 416-462-3677, if you are interested in this type of membership.
FREE

HONORARY

These members are individuals who have been granted Honorary Membership in CAPIC in recognition of outstanding careers. Honorary Members are eligible for the CAPIC Member Discounts program. Honorary Membership is awarded by the CAPIC Lifetime Achievement Awards committee and cannot be applied for.
There are no annual dues in this category.

RETIRED

Retired Membership is designated for CAPIC members who reach the age of 65, have been members for a minimum of 5 years and wish to remain active in their field. Retired members enjoy most of the benefits of membership at a reduced rate.
Annual dues:
Atlantic Provinces: $115 including HST
British Columbia: $105 including GST
Ontario: $113 including HST
Quebec & Prairie Provinces: $105 including GST

FOREIGN

For those photographers and illustrators who are members of a foreign professional association that has a reciprocal agreement with CAPIC. Foreign members receive limited benefits. They may not vote or hold office.
Annual dues are $65.00 (G.S.T. not applicable).
Please contact the CAPIC National office at membership@capic.org or 416-462-3677, if you are interested in this type of membership.


APPLYING FOR MEMBERSHIP IN CAPIC IS EASY
  1. Determine which membership category matches your skill and/or experience level from the Membership Categories list. Download the corresponding form located under the membership category description.
  2. Complete the appropriate form and attach the required documents (sponsor forms, tear sheets, business forms etc.)
  3. Either attach a cheque in full payment of the Membership fees or fill out the Monthly Payment Plan application and attach a "VOID" cheque. We also accept Mastercard, VISA & American Express.
  4. Securely package all the documents and send them to the appropriate Chapter address listed below.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN JOIN CAPIC, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER V.P. OF MEMBERSHIP OR EMAIL MEMBERSHIP@CAPIC.ORG