We’re here for you at every stage of your editing career
Editors Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. Our members are salaried and freelance, working with individuals and organizations in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit, academic and publishing sectors across the country and around the world in English and French. Many offer a wealth of editing-related services to their clients and employers.
Become a member or student affiliate to
- develop your skills
- find work
- access business services
- network with other editors
- get essential info
1. Develop your skills
Sign up for our webinars
Members and student affiliates receive an average of 40% off the cost of webinars and webinar recordings, where expert instructors help editors build strong foundations and develop their expertise. There’s something for everyone: grammar, copy editing, copyright law, running a freelance business, marketing your services and everything in between.
Get an entry-level qualification or professional certification
The Editing Essentials test allows you to assess your basic knowledge of editing and is proof of your ability to work as an editor. This qualification is perfect for editors who are new to the field (less than five years of experience) and new graduates.
Editors Canada Professional Certification provides official recognition of excellence in editing and knowledge—and a marketing advantage. Become a Certified Professional Editor or become certified in proofreading, copy editing, stylistic editing or structural editing. This credential recognizes highly experienced editors who are masters of their craft.
Members and student affiliates enjoy a substantial discount on test fees.
Get some mentoring
The John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program is aimed at editors at all levels. This is a safe place to ask questions, learn, clarify your thoughts and increase your confidence.
Attend regular meetings
Meet up with other editors in your local group (in person and online) or from all over with The Editors’ Vine monthly meeting (online). Meetings regularly feature information sessions and panel discussions with knowledgeable experts.
2. Find work
Buy a listing in our online directory
This searchable online resource helps employers and clients find the right editor fast. Listing in the directory is exclusively for members and student affiliates. Personalized listings catch the attention of clients who want the reassurance of hiring Editors Canada members.
Check out the National Job Board
Members have exclusive access to posts about full-time, part-time and freelance opportunities across the country. (Some local branches also offer a job announcement service by email: see the Editors Canada website.)
3. Access business services
Find helpful tools
The Chicago Manual of Style Online is free for Editors Canada members and student affiliates. Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection features the contents of Oxford University Press’s dictionaries, companions and encyclopedias: over 500 Oxford titles are available for free through editors.ca. PerfectIt, software designed to help identify the mistakes that spelling and grammar checkers fail to find, is available at a discount.
Get help from a mediator
Editors Canada offers members free mediation assistance for grievances or contract disputes regarding editing work.
Get discounts on training and conferences with related professional associations around the world.
Buy professional liability insurance at reasonable rates.
Download the Editors Canada logo
Use the Editors Canada logo to show potential clients what you do and identify yourself as a member or student affiliate.
Editors Canada’s national conference is a weekend of learning, networking and fun. It’s the perfect setting for meeting other members and gaining valuable professional development. Every two years, Editors Canada also hosts a one-day conference with content geared to its francophone members. The event, which is held entirely in French, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for professional development and networking in a congenial atmosphere.
Members get discounted rates on conferences.
Meet us on social media
Join an Editors Canada Facebook group: members and student affiliates have exclusive access to these virtual water coolers where you can discuss the business of editing, debate language-related issues, share work opportunities and get to know other editors.
Join a team of colleagues with a common goal, learn new skills, expand your portfolio, boost your career options and have fun along the way!
5. Get essential info
Sign up for The Editors’ Weekly blog
Learn about trends in the editing and writing industry, get career tips and learn more about prominent editors and the association.
Check out our publications and resources
Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned editor, our professional publications can help you on the path to excellence: Editing Canadian English, Editorial Niches, From Contact to Contract: How Editors Get Clients to Work with Them, Edit Like a Pro, Pathways to Success and more.
Tools such as the Professional Editorial Standards, Agreement Template for Editing Services and, for academic editors, Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Student Texts are must-haves.
The Editors Canada website is a rich resource on the business of editing. The Members’ Area features job opportunities, member discounts and services, and other useful information to help you in your career.
Take advantage of student affiliate status
Students pay less than 20% of the full membership fee but get about 75% of the benefits. They also have exclusive access to the Claudette Upton Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an Editors Canada student affiliate to support their professional development in editing.