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We Work for You

The Writers Guild of Canada represents more than 2,200 professional writers working in film, television, radio, and digital production in Canada.

Eligibility

Eligibility

To qualify for membership, you must:

Have one writing contract in our jurisdiction, which has been signed in the past two years with a producer who is "signatory" to one of our agreements.

Incentives

Fees

If joining before July 1

Initiation fee: $350 CAD

Annual dues: $150 CAD

Total: $500 CAD

If joining after July 1

Initiation fee: $350 CAD

Annual dues: $75 CAD

Total: $425 CAD

Annual basic dues of $150 CAD are billed for each subsequent year of membership.

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Fair Pay and Benefits

Collective Bargaining

The WGC negotiates, administers and enforces collective agreements with independent producers and broadcasters. These agreements set out the terms and conditions for work in all English-language production in Canada, including minimum fees and distribution payments. The WGC also pursues payments and resolves disputes on writing credits on behalf of its members.

Health and Retirement Benefits

The WGC offers its members access — through the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society — to insurance and retirement benefits rarely obtainable by Canadian artists. Terms in our collective agreements also require producers and broadcasters to contribute to members' insurance plans and RRSPs.

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Advocacy

The WGC is a dedicated advocate for the profession of screenwriting in Canada. Through our appearances at the CRTC and in our work with government and industry partners, the WGC advocates for policies and programs that support opportunities for Canadian creators. 

The WGC is the vocal champion of Canadian drama. We lobby to ensure that Canadian writers have a place of primacy in the Canadian broadcasting system, and in film and digital media. Canadian audiences want to be able to choose Canadian programs, and only Canadian writers have the voice, vision and experience to tell those stories.

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Community

The WGC is a hub for professional screenwriters in Canada, bringing them together as a community to share ideas, address critical issues, and to connect with each other.

The WGC works with other screenwriter organizations around the world and is a member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG). The IAWG has established agreements making it easier to join sister guilds and work in other jurisdictions.

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Member Directory Profile

The WGC maintains the Directory of Members, an easily accessible and popular resource for producers in search of screenwriters. The WGC promotes Canadian screenwriters by celebrating publicly our members’ creative achievements at the annual WGC Canadian Screenwriting Awards. The WGC also publishes Canadian Screenwriter magazine — a national magazine dedicated to profiling Canadian screenwriters and the screenwriting craft.

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Canadian Screenwriter Collections Society

The WGC founded the Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society (CSCS), which collects and distributes foreign authors’ levies owed to screenwriters under the national copyright legislation of certain countries. WGC members can join at no additional cost. The CSCS currently has agreements with a number of countries, including France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.