Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms.


Canadian Screenwriters and Producers Reach New Agreement: 2015-2017 IPA Now in Effect

Canadian screenwriters and producers have put into effect the new collective agreement governing English-language screenwriting in Canada. The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM) announce today that all parties have ratified the new writers’ Independent Production Agreement (IPA).


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Presenters for WGC Screenwriting Awards Announced

The WGC Awards are coming up on April 27, 2015 (tickets now on sale) and we're very pleased to announce the actor/showrunner teams who will present the awards: Connor Price with Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis (X Company); Aaron Ashmore with Michelle Lovretta (Killjoys), and Patrice Goodman with Gary Pearson (Sunnyside). Thanks to all of our presenters!


WGC Screenwriting Awards: Tickets Now On Sale

The WGC Screenwriting Awards celebrate great Canadian screenwriters and their work in a gala event that's one of the best parties of the year. So don't miss it! Tickets now on sale, details below. 

April 27, 2015
Cocktails at 7:00 p.m.
Show at 8:30 p.m. sharp
Reception following show
Hosted by Ryan Belleville
Written by Jeremy Woodcock and Ryan Belleville
Venue: TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall in Toronto

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New WGC Producer Remittance Entry System

The WGC has developed a new application for producers to remit their writer payments and information online. The new application, called the Producer Remittance Entry System (PRES), is available to all producers who are remitting to the Guild and is both a green initiative to replace existing paper remittances and a time-saving opportunity for both producers and the Guild.

We have prepared an short screencast for you to watch to learn about the new system available here and if interested in applying to use PRES or for further information please email Terry Mark at t.mark@wgc.ca.


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CRTC Announcement re: CanCon (March 12)

On March 12 Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, delivered a speech about some of the thinking to come out of the Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians process it initiated in 2013. In his speech Chairman Blais shared some preliminary thoughts about how the Commission views the future of screen-based "content" made by Canadians. You can read the speech here, and the full policy here. The WGC has looked closely at the decision, to analyze the specifics, and the implications for writers. The guild voiced its preliminary response in a press release soon after the March 12 announcement, which you can read here.

If you are a WGC member, log on to the website using your user name and password to read the guild's overview for members.


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